Franziska Kohler

Franziska Kohler

During my studies of international development and long journeys through Africa, Asia and Latin America, I dived deeply into the question of what it needs that people take action in times of global challenges and their quest for a meaningful life. Since then, I am researching and developing ways of how people can explore and manifest their authentic vocation. As a trainer, coach and process facilitator, I empower young adults in times of personal and global change to unfold their gifts and potentials, reconnect with their purpose, and to do work which brings positive change to both themselves and society. Read more about her story.

Réka Livits

Réka Livits

I am Réka, a woman without a one-word-profession. I tend to call myself a trainer, facilitator, project organiser, youth worker, writer, dancer, artist, storyteller, designer – depends on the moment’s focus. I have been walking an organically unfolding path from being a volunteer at different youth organisations, an organiser of intercultural events, an activist, a critical student of liberal arts and media sciences to becoming a trainer, a coordinator of international projects, an expert of EU funding proposals and a co-founder of Pandora Association. I organise projects, events and seminars on the field of holistic sustainability, community-based art processes and personal development. I am a Dragon Dreaming project design trainer, I write novels, poetry and stories, I paint, make jewellery, illustrate my books and do graphics design for different purposes. I am a passionate dancer – I love to dance absolutely everything: salsa, tango, afro, oriental, ballroom, free-style and folk dances from all around the world. Read more about her story.

Laura Balázs

Laura Balázs

Born and raised in Hungary, ripened and matured in California. So far I have worked as a yoga teacher, English teacher, recruitment and admissions coordinator, and now as a creative life design consultant. As a literary translator I have translated more than twenty books from English to Hungarian. For me successful life means that we are able to do what we love most of the time and to fight for a cause that we believe in wholeheartedly, and to use our talents to contribute to the creation of a life-sustaining society. During my volunteer trips to South-America I fell in love with the rainforests. As part of a nature photography project I was able to visit Peru, Ecuador, Madagascar and Borneo – to look for relatively untouched, primary forests. Spending time in nature is a source of inspiration and insight for me and my thesis work is based on this subject also – facilitating wilderness solo experiences for greater self-awareness, self-actualization, creativity and a sense of life-direction. By using methods from experiential learning, personal connection to nature and ecotherapy I would like to empower others as a creative life design counselor to live a creative, authentic, joyful life. Read more about her story.

Annette Loy

Annette Loy

I am a human being in a creative cosmos. I am an explorer of my human-ness, navigating through terra incognita as well as the known-lands. The last four years I have helped to build project peace, a year-long community program for young adults facilitating transition into adulthood, developing a sense of initiative for both inner change and global engagement as an innovative initiatory process. I have acquired a MA in Social Work and a BA in Art History and I have so far worked as a director’s assistant for movies, curator’s assistant and project manager in the cultural field, DJn and social sculpture artist, facilitator in youth programs and junior initiation researcher at the intersection of You, Me, the World as we know it and the unknown territory of what is possible. Read more about her story.

Valentina Cifarelli

Valentina Cifarelli

I am Valentina, dynamic doer and passionate visionary. I spent sometimes studying in Italy and abroad to explore and discover my boundaries and by traveling and volunteering I learnt how to cross and widen my horizons. After university around 25 I met and forged my practical side using all the knowledge acquired so far and so I started my experience as project designer and manager of international projects for young people. As I stepped in the non formal education  methodology I realised how it can truly create opportunities for mutual and dynamic learning. After several working experiences in different contexts I now feel equipped to be the captain of my adventure, leading my organisation Paradiso Ritrovato and supporting our vision unfolding. Read more about her story.

Roberto Cardinale

Roberto Cardinale

I am Roberto, an adventures’ enthusiast and a strategist of new paths. I am interested in the social, economic and political dynamics that affect our lives and I believe in the potential of change making of our personal sphere to go towards a more resilient and authentic life. Working for 10 years as a consultant in a co-operative union in Italy taking care of start-ups, finance, social responsibility projects, food and wine and international markets gave me the opportunity to go deep into many aspects of entrepreneurship and into different areas of the economy. I balance these entrepreneurial skills with my passion for music, dance and art as I believe that it is essential to cultivate body and soul to walk more gently, elegantly and respectfully on this planet. Read more about his story.