Seminar/Conference: Green Care for NEETs and Youth Workers

Location:  Kannonkoski, Finland

Dates: 13-19 January 2019

Number of participants: 33

Participating countries: Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom

Organizer: Piispala Youth Center

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Deadline to apply: 29 November 2018

Date of selection: 13 December 2018

Inquiries about this seminar: Mari Puranen at


Participation fee

No participation fee.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation and meals are covered by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme funding. So, meals and accommodation will not cost anything to the participants.

Travel reimbursement

Travel will be reimbursed according to the distance band calculator from the European Commission:

Finland up to 180€

UK, Italy, Bulgaria and Greece up to 360€.

Lithuania and Latvia uo to 275€.

Green Care for NEETs and Youth Workers

This is a 5-day seminar for Youth Workers working with NEETs. The seminar will teach participants new skills, help create networks and find empowerment from nature and animals. The themes of the seminar are Holistic Wellbeing, NEET, Nature and Animals.

Piispala Youth Center will organize a 5-day seminar for Youth Workers and Youth Leaders working with NEETs, that will enable them to learn new skills, create new networks, and find empowerment from nature and animals. The themes of the seminar are based on Holistic Wellbeing, NEET, Nature and Animals and the program is built around Green Care methods and activities. Seminar will include practical, hands-on and non-formal learning, in addition there will be several workshops and exchange of good practices. The seminar will also include expert lecturers from partners and non-formal educators from Piispala and partners. Participants will be able to learn and hear the latest research information related to effects that nature and animals have on human wellbeing.

Green Care (or Care Farming) methodology exists in many countries, however is not widely known yet. Piispala wants to share its experience in order to increase the interest of the concept and raise awareness of it nationally and internationally. In short, Green Care means wellbeing from nature and animals. Green Care methods help to sustain and increase human wellbeing. The 3 key elements of Green Care are responsibility, professionalism and goal orientation.

This seminar wants to provide the participants ways and tools to quiet down in one’s self, empowering one’s self and finding strength in one’s self for work. Piispala is located in the rural part of Central Finland by the Lake Kivijärvi. The surrounding nature and the quietness offer and amazing place to calm down, and to find peace from the darkness that embraces Finland many months every year.

Themes of the seminar:

Holistic Wellbeing, Youth, NEET, Nature and Animals.

Specific objectives of the seminar:

Green Care Methods and Knowledge in Youth Sector & Facts and Figures

How to sustain and increase holistic wellbeing?

How to help a young person in a NEET situation?