Relearning Our Connection with Nature with Veljko Armano Linta
🍃 November 12 to December 17. 1 hour a week. Every Thursday. 5:00 PM Central European Time / 9:30 PM India Time. 12-15 seats only.
Why should you come?
Veljko Armano Linta is an award-winning architect and Gaia Education certified trainer. His encounters with ecovillages and sustainability practices have led him to shift his architectural practice to a participatory design process aimed at personal and ecosocial wellbeing.
In this short course, he takes us on a journey to explore the concept of biophilia, a theory that suggests that human beings are inherently programmed to be drawn towards other forms of life. But have we gotten accustomed to live our daily, urban lives without the awareness of this connection?
With biophilia as a starting point, his aim is to incite a curiosity in people, especially in urban areas:
- How aware am I that I am a living being, part of a web of life?
- How is the opportunity for that connection present in the way I navigate (not just physically) my environment? How does that affect my awareness?
- How do we influence the world if that awareness is actively present in us, and how if it is not? How do we make it more present?
Building on these questions, the course attempts to unravel how forging a deeper connection with nature in our everyday — usually urban — life helps you creatively, emotionally and physically.
Designed over 6 sessions, we will begin by talking about biophilia and the global consequences of a lack of biophilic design intentions in this world. We will then delve into a series of practical exercises (solo and in pairs) and meet every week to share insights and experiences. Through these six weeks, you will:
- Open your eyes and mind to the non-human life forms within a 5-km radius of your house through cartography
- Examine the effect of “natural” and “artificial” everyday objects on our wellbeing
- Find things to eat in unexpected environments and break myths about what is edible
- Invent creative ways to introduce the connection with nature in your online and offline “habitats”
- Develop self-directed, participatory and peer-learning skills in a supportive group
The course will conclude with a session that will help us formulate future intentions, so that we may establish a deeper connection with the spaces we inhabit.
Prior Requirements: Non-expert level. Come with a willingness to learn and expand your perspective
When & where will you learn?
The course will be held across 6 sessions every Thursday from November 12 to December 17
Time: 9:30–10:30 PM India time or 5:00–6:00 PM Central European Time
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Course capacity: 12–15
Total time commitment: 6 session hours (min) + 12 exercise hours (about 3 hours a week relearning your connection with nature)
The course sessions will be online on Zoom. We will post the access links on the course page on the WLWG platform. The sessions will be recorded in case you miss one.
Who will you learn with?
Veljko is the director of the design & architecture Studio Armano Linta and practices a participatory design process aimed at personal and ecosocial wellbeing, so that we can use our (built) environment to regenerate our worldviews and practices in order to regenerate our planet.
He has created and facilitated participatory workshops, lectures and webinars on sustainability/regeneration, design and teamwork for local communities, primary and high-school students, university students, teachers, NGOs and professionals, including the Cultural Backpack workshops for the Ministry of Education in Croatia. He also facilitated a United World College Short Course “Re-Thinking Identities” in Finland and is a UWC alumnus.
Will you get a certificate of completion?
To receive the certificate of completion, you need to attend 4 of the 6 sessions and complete 4 of the 6 assigned exercises.
Let’s Get Started!
Since we are open to members from all parts of the world, we offer a sliding scale of contributions. Our plans, in general, are priced as “1-hour session = 1-hour Movement or Language class,” and are available at three levels of financial experience. While we ask you to look inward, please don’t stress about it. Pay what feels right.
Update November 12: This course is sold out so the link is disabled. You can request to join our community here: https://open.welearnwegrow.community/