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PRIDE 2 and 3: PARTNERSHIP FOR RURAL IMPROVEMENT & DEVELOPMENT IN EUROPE

past PRIDE2+3 placements:

Cyprus, Lefkara – Structured Course on “Clay plastering” 27/11-4/12/2018, PRIDE2 course Clay Plastering

Spain, Santa Olalla –  Structured Course on “landscape management and reforestation” 2-9/12/2018  PRIDE2 reforestation course

Cyprus, Lefkara – Structured Course on Village foods “Fruitful autumn and seasonal cooking” 5-12/12/2018 PRIDE2 course Cyprus rural Foods

Greece, Santorini – Structured Course on “Pottery  for Living” 14-20/1/2019 PRIDE 2 POTTERY program 14-20.1.19

Greece, Santorini – Structured Course on “Island Crafts – value adding to food Cooking course” 21-27/1/2019 PRIDE Host Welcome Letter COOKING 21-27.1.19

Slovakia, Lisov – Structured Course on “Village Food (pork Meat)”24-31 January 2019 Programme 24-31 Jan 2019 Rural Food

Cyprus, Lefkara – Structured Course on “Clay plastering” (II) 1-7 Febr 2019,   PRIDE2 course Clay Plastering Febr 2019

Slovakia, Lisov – Structured Course on “Fasinagy mask making” 11-17/2/2019,  PRIDE2 course fasiangy programme

Spain, Santa Olalla –  Structured Course on “landscape management and reforestation II” 17-24 Febr 2019 PRIDE2 reforestation course

Cyprus, Lefkara – Structured Course on “Wild food foraging” 18-24 March 2019, Wild food March CY 19

Greece, Santorini –  Structured Course on “Island Crafts” 1-7 April 2019 program TRAD SKILLS 1-7.4.19

Malta – Structured Course on “Living history” 9- 15 April 2019, PRIDE2 Malta 9 to 15 April 2019

Norway, Gratangen – Structured Course on “Wooden Boat restoration” 29 April to 5th May 2019, PRIDE2 course boat building in Norway

Romania, Alba Iulia –  Structured Course on “Roma basket making and weaving techniques” 6-12 May 2019

Italy – Structured Course on “Ancient Wood. Heritage Wood Buildings – understanding issues and treatments” 20-26 May 2019

Italy – Structured Course on “Wood Energy. Energy from Wood and residues” 20-26 May 2019

Turkey, Sultanhisar –  Structured Course on “Community Cultural-cookery, storytelling, traditional Dance” 12 -19 July 2019, PRIDE2 course Turkey 12-19th July 2019

Malta – Structured Course on “An Island Sea culture. Diving and Archaeology I” 30th July -5th August 2019, program Diving and Archaeology

Germany, Duebener Heide – Structured Course on “Osprey & Cranes to Beaver. Wildlife watching & nature protection for red list species” 13-19 Aug 2019 PRIDE2 program Wildlife and nature reserves

Finland, Oulu:  Structured Course on “Finland’s Forestry and Landscape management” 15-22 Sept 2019, Program forestry May 2019 ,

Finland, Oulu:  Structured Course on “Finland’s agriculture and farming” 15-22 Sept 2019, Program agriculture May 2019,

Slovenia, Prekmurje area – Structured Course on “Sustainable lifestyle through traditional crafts I” 16-22 Sept 2019 program PRIDE2019

Norway, Gratangen – Structured Course on “Wooden Boat restoration” 17-23 Sept 2019

Bulgaria, Devetaki Plateau – Structured Course on “local traditional Skills, customs and heritage” 21-28 Sept 2019, Program-Trainers2-2019

Slovenia, Prekmurje area – Structured Course on “Sustainable lifestyle through traditional crafts II” 30 Sept-6 Oct,  program PRIDE2019

Germany, Duebener Heide – Structured Course on “Wild food of forest and heath. Mushrooms, wild fruits+berries” 7-13 Oct 2019, PRIDE2 Wild Food

Germany, Duebener Heide – Structured Course on “Germanic longhouse and slavic pit house restauration”13-19 Oct 2019, PRIDE2 Germany longhouse restoration

Slovenia, Prekmurje area – Structured Course on “Cultural-ethnological heritage and modern use” 14-20 Oct 2019,  program PRIDE2019

Slovakia, Lisov: Structured Course on “Opportunities for development in rural areas” 20-27 Oct 2019.  program Opportunities for rural areas

Bulgaria, Devetaki Plateau – Structured Course on “local traditional Skills and heritage“10-17 Nov 2019, PRIDE2 Bulgaria placement

Cyprus, Lefkara – Structured Course on “Creating facilities for domestic animals in crisis. Building a community dog kennel” 10-17 Nov 2019, program course Cyprus Building a community Dog Kennel Nov 2019

Malta – Structured Course on “An Island Sea culture. Diving and Archaeology II” 11-17 Nov 2019 11 to 17 Nov Diving and Archaeology 2

PRIDE3 Greece, Santorini:  Structured Course on “Value adding to food – Cookery and Food Culture” (5 spaces available, FULL), 5-12 Jan 2020, accommodation is shared twin rooms.  programme final COOKING 5-12.1.20

PRIDE3 Greece, Santorini: Structured Course on “Pottery for Living” (4 spaces, FULL ), 20-27 Jan 2020, accommodation is shared twin rooms. programPRIDE3 POTTERY 2020_20-27.1.20

PRIDE3 Greece, Santorini: Structured Course on “Traditional skills for living” (4 spaces, FULL), 27 Jan to 3 Febr 2020, accommodation is shared twin rooms. program PRIDE 3 TRAD SKILLS FOR LIVING 27.1-3.2.20

PRIDE3 Cyprus, Lefkara: Structured Course  on “Experiments in Mosaic and Collage” (5 spaces, FULL), 2-9 Gebr 2020, PRIDE2 course Cyprus EXPERIMENTS IN MOSAIC & COLLAGE

PRIDE3 Cyprus, Lefkara: Structured Course  on “Painting with natural pigments” (8 spaces available, FULL), from 9-16 Febr 2020, PRIDE2 course Cyprus natural pigments

 

participants feedback:

participant of Germany – Structured Course on “Germanic longhouse and Slavic pit house restoration – building techniques with sustainable and natural materials ” Oct 2019 article on Yorshire dales national park authority website 

participant of Cyprus – Structured Course on “Wild food foraging“, March 2019 : I have just completed a very detailed feedback form on my Cyprus placement and it emphasised what I already knew – that it was a hugely beneficial experience where I learned so much about a wide variety of topics which are of interest to me and which will enhance many of the roles that I have at home. From identifying and gathering wild greens, herbs, nuts and fruits and their use in traditional meals and products to visits to villages, Orthodox churches, a Neolithic archaeological site, Nicosia and the beach, our time was fully utilised, inspirational and informative. We also visited Lula’s farm and learnt about farming methods and cheese making, visited a silversmiths to learn of their traditional methods of working, saw traditional building methods at Athasi Heights, learnt about lace making and contemplated the future for these traditional occupations. This (and more) was all organised and facilitated by Martin and Panayiota who went out of their way to ensure our time in Cyprus was both beneficial and memorable. They are inspirational people who looked after us very well. Nothing was too much trouble. Martin’s passion for what he does and his seemingly endless knowledge about any topic enhanced the whole experience. Please pass on my thanks and appreciation to him and also to Panayiota. Very many thanks for another life enhancing experience.

participant of Slovenia –  Structured Course on “Cultural – ethnological heritage in modern use“, Oct 2019: “I wanted to say a big thank you for all your help organising the wonderful trip to Slovenia last week. It was such a brilliant experience and opportunity, thank you very much for offering me the chance to take part. It was a really valuable experience discovering such interesting places and sharing time and experiences with such a lovely group of people. I know we will all stay in touch going forward and I have learnt so much from spending time with them all as we explored and learnt about the rich culture of Slovenia. It has given me many ideas and things to think about and I am very grateful to have had such a new and different experience to broaden my horizons in such a way.  Thank you again for giving me this wonderful opportunity”

participant of Romania –  Structured Course on “Roma basket making and weaving techniques“, May 2019: “Having just returned from a beautifully moving and inspiring trip to Romania life appears to have taken on a richer glow……The trip was courtesy of Grampus Heritage, an organisation based in Cumbria that seeks to preserve traditional skills and crafts across Europe that are at risk of being lost for ever, as we clamour for technology. Monica Oprean of Satul Verde was our host. Monicas passion for this stunning country was a privilege to behold, her moving accounts of the Communist regime and its legacy, her in depth knowledge of this awe inspiring landscape and its farming practises, her care and sense of fun, enabled us to become richly immersed in the Romanian culture and created an experience that was an honour to be part of. We were blessed to work with 2 Roma (gypsy) basketmakers Szanto Stefan and Csurkui Kalman. Language could have been a barrier, but somehow the language of hands and making was enough. These men learned as children from their fathers before them and worked with speed and grace. Their knowledge and experience taught us all we needed to know. The willow we used was very different to that which I use here; probably willow that I would’ve mostly rejected! This material was used wisely however, shorter thicker rods cleaved and shaved to skeins, fresh willow harvested from the wilds, then stripped and split to make it instantly useable. Their skills used what was  available to them and went far beyond making do. This country holds so many hidden gems of wisdom that have mostly been lost from our lives in the UK…… or that maybe we can only now find in books, knowledge that has been lost from our everyday society. There is a huge question now of how to keep these rural communities alive and strong as the call of urban life intensifies and young people are lured by the promise of capitalism. The holders of this knowledge are often aging….. it would be such a shame to lose this in yet another place.”

participant of “Value adding to food – Cookery and Food Culture” 5-12 Jan 2020: “I attended five excellent classes on cooking local food in a Greek home. Our tutors Kiristi and Andreas were very good. It was such a fun learning environment and I learnt alot. I have been cooking alot of Greek dishes since my return. We visited local food markets and met with local people. It was so interesting to see the variety of produce and to later visit the tomato museum and a local farmer and hear about the history and present day production of local foodstuffs. We also had a chance to sample the local wine which is delicious. We had the opportunity for some cultural visits and I enjoyed learning about the Minoan culture. I visited Akrotiri twice. A highlight for me was seeing the blue monkey frescoes and other minoan artefacts in the Historical museum in Thira. I was also very interested to be introduced to the work of the local artist Christoforus Assimis. It was a very interesting visit to the Tomato factory museum. To meet the local person who had worked there since a boy was so interesting and the video at the end introducing other workers was fascinating it really brought the visit to life for me. I also enjoyed meeting the local farmer and learning about wine production and growing of crops and the effect the changing weather systems are having on this process.  I really enjoyed meeting the local greek people and found them informative warm and friendly. The course was run by Ifagenia and she really went above and beyond to ensure we had a good cultural experience. The weather was bad at first, but she adapted the programme to fit. The visits to the local tavernas were excellent and I enjoyed trying lots of different local dishes. The presentations were of great interest and delivered very well. I felt I learnt alot about the history of Santorini and its food and festivals today it would be lovely to come back at Easter or for one of the summer Panigyri folk festivals. We had a brilliant film to watch from a young film maker about the Greek crisis and I found this moving and very informative. Other fun aspects of the programme included learning to speak some Greek and singing some Greek songs. I think this is a really good wide-ranging  programme. I am so pleased that I had the opportunity to visit Santorini and its warm friendly people. I find myself with a renewed love of cooking and have joined an art class since I returned. This is a wonderful way of dipping into a local culture and really feeling apart of it. Far more so than if you were a tourist I felt like a guest. My fellow students were a lovely bunch of people and we worked well together as a team and became great friends. We now regularly exchange photos and ideas within the  group we have formed online.”

Thankyou and your organisations again for this course. It was all very well organised and a really enjoyable learning experience.

Feedback on Structured Course on Spain “landscape management and reforestation” Feedback Pride2 reforestattion course Dec 2018 Spain

Feedback on Structured Course on  Malta“An Island Sea culture. Diving and Archaeology I”  Malta PRIDE2 feedback

Feedback on Structured Course on Slovenia “Cultural-ethnological heritage in modern use” PRIDE 2 COURSE SLOVENIA FEEDBACK