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PRIDE2: PARTNERSHIP FOR RURAL IMPROVEMENT & DEVELOPMENT IN EUROPE 2                                                      

project duration:  1 Oct 2018 – 30 Sept 2020. The project is supported by the EU Erasmus+ programme and is an adult education (KA2) staff mobility partnership.

Participants are drawn from a UK consortium of partners from (mainly) Northern England and Scotland like WICAT, National Trust, Natural England, Yorkshire Dales NP, Earth Doctors, VAR Initiative,  Sublime Foundation,  The Environment Partnership, Forestry Commission, Eden Arts, Epiacum Heritage, Solway AONB and Woolclip.

The placements are fully funded apart from getting to the UK departure point (which might not be the nearest airport to you).

All the places revolve around dedicated training courses from the ‘Green Village’ suite of certified units. They were created over a 3-year period by 8 EU partners led by Grampus Heritage. All the courses carry ECVET points as well as certification for CPD. The Green Village curriculum is called “Sustainable Rural Development – Focus on Culture and Nature” and the course modules are available to download on the right hand side of this page.

Erasmus+ website link:

Please find our project details on PRIDE2 listed on the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform. And a more detailed view under here


upcoming PRIDE2 placements

Germany, Duebener Heide – Structured Course on “Osprey & Cranes to Beaver: Wildlife watching & nature protection for red list species” (0 of 7 spaces FULL)  13 to 19 Aug 2019 PRIDE2 Germany Wildlife and nature reserves

Finland, Oulu:  Structured Course on “Finland’s Forestry and Landscape management” (0 of 6 spaces, FULL) 15 to 22 Sept 2019, detailed Programme forestry May 2019 , (placement is organised by Oulu university and the group will be guided by 2 of their students), accommodation: twin room sharing

Finland, Oulu:  Structured Course on “Finland’s agriculture and farming” (0 of 6 spaces FULL) 15 to 22 Sept 2019,  Programme agriculture May 2019, (placement is organised by Oulu university and the group will be guided by 2 of their students), accommodation: twin room sharing

Slovenia, Prekmurje area – Structured Course on sustainable lifestyles “Sustainable lifestyle through traditional crafts I ” (2 of 6 spaces available), 16 to 22 Sept 2019 SL course contents programme PRIDE2019

Bulgaria, Devetaki Plateau – Structured Course on “local traditional Skills, customs and heritage” ( 6 spaces, FULL) 21 to 28 Sept 2019, accommodation: twin room sharing      Program-Trainers2-2019

Norway, Gratangen – Structured Course on “Wooden Boat restoration” (6 spaces available, FULL), 17 to 23 Sept 2019, programme to follow

Slovenia, Prekmurje area – Structured Course on “Sustainable lifestyle through traditional crafts II” (1 of 6 spaces availbale), 30 Sept to 6 Oct, course contents pSL course contents programme PRIDE2019

Slovenia, Prekmurje area – Structured Course on “Cultural-ethnological heritage and modern use” (2 of 6 spaces available), 14 to 20 Oct 2019, SL course contents SL course contents programme PRIDE2019

Slovakia, Lisov: Structured Course on “Opportunities for developmnet in rural areas” (5 spaces),  20 to 27 Oct 2019. PRIDE programme SK Oct Opportunities for rural areas

Malta – Structured Course on “Living history II – reenactment and cultural tourism” (4 spaces) Oct 2019 dates TBC

we udpate the placement list constantly


past or currently running PRIDE2 placements:

Cyprus, Pano Lefkara – Structured Course on “Clay plastering” (27/11 -4/12/2018, 6 spaces ) FULL, programme  PRIDE2 course Clay Plastering

Spain, Santa Olalla del Cala –  Structured Course on “landscape management and reforestation” (6 spaces FULL,  hands-on/work placement): 2 – 9/12/2018  PRIDE2 reforestation course

please find here the participants feedback for above landscape management course in Feedback Pride2 reforestattion course Dec 2018 Spain

Cyprus, Pano Lefkara – Structured Course on Village foods “Fruitful autumn and seasonal cooking” (0 of 6 spaces, FULL) : 5-12/12/2018 PRIDE2 course Cyprus rural Foods

Greece, Santorini – Structured Course on “Pottery  for Living “(4 spaces, FULL): 14-20/1/2019 Programme:  PRIDE 2 Welcome letter POTTERY 14-20.1.19

Greece, Santorini –  Structured Course on “Island Crafts – value adding to food Cooking course” (4 spaces, FULL): 21-27/1/2019   Programme:  PRIDE Host Welcome Letter COOKING 21-27.1.19

Slovakia, Lisov – Structured Course on “Village Food (pork Meat)”(5 spaces, FULL) 24-31 January 2019    Programme 24-31 Jan 2019 Rural Food

Cyprus, Pano Lefkara – Structured Course on “Clay plastering” (II) (6 spaces, FULL) 1 to 7th Febr 2019,   PRIDE2 course Clay Plastering Febr 2019

Slovakia, Lisov – Structured Course on “Fasinagy mask making” (5 spaces, FULL): 11-17/2/2019,    PRIDE2 course fasiangy programme

Spain, Santa Olalla del Cala –  Structured Course on “landscape management and reforestation” 2:   (6 spaces, FULL – hands-on/work placement)  17-24 Febr 2019      PRIDE2 reforestation course

Cyprus, Pano Lefkara – Structured Course on “Wild food foraging” (6 spaces, FULL) 18-24 March 2019, Wild food March CY 19

Greece, Santorini –  Structured Course on “Island Crafts” (6 spaces, FULL): 1-7 April 2019 programme STAFF PRIDE DIFFERENT TRAD SKILLS 1-7.4.19

Malta – Structured Course on “Living history” (4 spaces, FULL), 9- 15 April 2019, PRIDE2 Malta 9 to 15 April 2019

Norway, Gratangen – Structured Course on “Wooden Boat restoration” (6 spaces, FULL) 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 spaces,  FULL) 6 – 12 May 2019, programme to follow

Italy – Structured Course on “Ancient Wood. Heritage Wood Buildings – understanding issues and treatments” (6 spaces, FULL) 20-26 May 2019

Italy – Structured Course on “Wood Energy. Energy from Wood and residues” (6 spaces, FULL) 20-26 May 2019

Turkey, Sultanhisar –  Structured Course on “Community Cultural-cookery, storytelling, traditional Dance” (7 spaces, FULL) 12 to 19 July 2019, PRIDE2 course Turkey 12-19th July 2019

Malta – Structured Course on “An Island Sea culture. Diving and Archaeology” (4 spaces, FULL), placement dates 30th July to 5th August 2019, PRIDE2 Malta 30th July ot 5th Aug 2019 Diving and Archaeology



for any enquiries please contact:

please find here our PRIDE2 word application form

A few words from Grampus Director, Martin Clark:

“So what’s different in PRIDE2?  Well, we still focus on the four pillars of rural sustainabiliy…. ENVIRONMENTAL, CULTURAL, SOCIAL and ECONOMICAL but we’ve upped the culture a bit with two new UK consortium partners; Eden Arts from Cumbria bring some refreshing ideas about applied art and we plan community interactive art courses in fresco painting, mosaic, upscaling textile patterns onto walls, sculpture, mask making…. but also photography and maybe storytelling. Epiacum Heritage from the North Pennines is all about continuous occupation of a large upland farm from the Mesolithic to present day, with Celtic and Roman high points; so in PRIDE2, we’ll be upping the archaeology and exploring ways for archaeological discoveries to feed into cultural tourism and stimulate local economies. There’ll be plenty of ‘Roman’ opportunities but also ‘Neolithic’ ones and a chance to explore Celtic and Norse impact in Norway and Iceland. Our new partners in Malta are also about archiving and living history and give an opportunity to explore naval history and Islamic/ Moorish influences. In PRIDE2, we also work more with Roma minorities, to experience and learn their skills and culture and try to dispel some of the bad press. Islamic partners are also much involved and very welcome and give us a chance to reflect on positive Islamic influences in Europe over the last 800 years, in Turkey, Cyprus, Malta and Spain. In Romania we look into the issue of cultural exprobriation after the much publicised copying of traditional textile patterns and garments by leading fashion houses and we’ll continue in our crusade for traditional textiles into fashion (with due credit given) and the promotion of sustainable natural fibres such as wool and hemp, across several European countries. PRIDE2 remains focused on countryside skills in the land-based sector, in rare breeds, forest management, re-introduction of locally extinct mammals and birds, grafting trees, haymaking, and fencing without wire, but we’ll offer more training in food production, harvesting and cookery”.


participants feedback:

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 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.”