an eu funded international training course

25th-30th march 2019 - Mondaino, Italy

“A woman becomes 100 times stronger when she becomes a mother.”

An international training course for support workers, counsellors, doulas, midwives, psychologists, group leaders and facilitators supporting mothers on a professional level.

Mother Nature, our 2-years international learning is a partnership of experts from 7 European organisations, developing tools and a complex methodology to support mothers in:

  • Self-reflection on personal transformation

  • Re-aligning their lifepath adapting to the changes of being a mother

  • Connecting to Nature, to the more-than-human world around us

We understand motherhood as a unique transformative experience. Reflection on this transformation can be supported and facilitated using art- and nature-based learning methods and activities.

Throughout the course, we will use non-formal, nature and art based learning methods, reflection, and the framework of the “Mothers Journey” - an interpretation of Joseph Campbell’s famous narration to bring meaning to all times’ great myths.

This 5-day international course is a unique opportunity to network and exchange with other professionals around Europe.

The course will be held in English.

The programme will include elements of:

  • Making connections with each other and with the Natural environment

  • The Mother’s Journey - based on the model of Joseph Campbell

  • Challenges of being a mother

  • Nature Quest

  • Finding gifts in motherhood and re-aligning life path

  • Mothers as leaders, building support networks

Conditions of participation

  • The funded programme is open to professionals from Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, UK and Germany. It is possibile to apply from other countries, at your own costs.

  • Costs for travel, food and accomodation are covered by Erasmus+ programme.

    • Accomodation and food are totally covered by the Erasmus + programme.

    • Travel costs will be reimbursed after the course, based on the Erasmus+ scale.

  • Participants are asked for a donation of 130€/180€/220 € (low waged/professional/supporter) to contribute towards training costs.

  • The training needs full participation.

  • The course language is English

  • Apply by the 31st of January

Need more information?

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Trainers info


Looby Macnamara

Looby is author of People and Permaculture, 7 Ways to Think Differently and Strands of Infinity. She is creator of the Design Web, a holistic design framework that has been used thousands of times globally for all sorts of personal and social designs. She has been chair of the Permaculture Association Britain and is a senior diploma tutor. She lives on a 20 acre smallholding in Herefordshire, where she runs an education and demonstration centre - Applewood Permaculture Centre. She is a mother of two wonderful daughters.  Looby is researching and developing Cultural Emergence with other visionaries and leaders: a profoundly effective toolkit to support personal and global shifts towards a regenerative culture.

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Berecz Ági

Ági Berecz

Ági has been working in environmental education since 2004. Being inspired by eco pschycology, deep ecology and the path of yoga her interest has been shifting from the outer to the inner dimensions of personal transformation. The immersion to motherhood made her conscious about how becoming a mother and raising up children are main sources of connectedness to womanhood, and to our earthy Mother. She lives in a village in Hungary, teaches yoga, studies integral psychology, coordinates the international "Mother Nature" project and above all she is a mother of two young girls. Within the project she is mainly dedicated to calling together strong support groups for mothers.


Valentina Cifarelli

Valentina is a dynamic doer and passionate visionary. She is researching and developing ways to support and guide people "in transition" to become aware of their talents and potentials so able to take part authentically and freely in a world rich of challenges and opportunities. To coach and empower people she loves to use non formal education for mutual and dynamic learning and permaculture to grow social, environmental and economic resilience.  After several working experiences since 2014 she is the captain of her own adventure, leading and working for Paradiso Ritrovato, the organisation she co-founded. She is a mother living with her precious family in a little community in the hills of Romagna, in Italy. Here she takes care of bees, plants and people experiencing the enriching and challenging life of an intentional community with other people.


Eszter Laszlo

Eszter joined the project team as a designer and creative artist. She is a member of the Color-Space Association (Pécs) and with Krisztina leads workshops, trainings and projects in the field of youth, creativity, change, and women empowerment using the “Mural Moral Method”: a community art method. She is expert in artistic and social projects both as a trainer and as a project manager: Erasmus+, development processes and local community developing processes in Hungary and in the international field. She is interested in creating with nature and natural paint, land art, ecological thinking, ecotherapy with art tools and women circles.


Doreen Hertrampf

Doreen is a counselor, a psychotherapist for children and teenagers and a former family service social worker.After her studies in social work she has been working in a program for unemployed young adults, providing individual and group counseling and gaining extensive and varied experiences in family counseling and individual transformation. As a family service social worker she has been helping families and individuals to get through difficult times. To improve her knowledge, in 2012 Doreen started her second education in mental health counseling of children and young adults. She studied counseling theories and techniques, psychological testing, ethics, research, cultural perspectives and psychological development. In january 2018, after finishing her studies, she opened her own office for Psychotherapy for children and young adults.

Jana Lemke

Jana lemke

Jana is an author, a professionally trained Zen Yoga teacher, psychologist and systemic therapist in training with an emphasis on mindfulness approaches. She is also a curious mother. Because of that (but not only!) her passion lies in working with women in times of transition, particularly mothers.  For Jana the Mother Nature Project is an exciting and unique opportunity to weave together those strands she personally and professionally feels very deeply about: working with women, rites of passage, process work, creativity and the more-than-human world.

Learn more about her book here:



The training venue is the Teatro Dimora, a theatre surrounded by a botanical park and forest, near to Mondaino, a small village in the Conca Valley, in the borderland between the regions of Romagna and Marche.

Participants will be accommodated in a guesthouse close to the theatre, in rooms with 3 or 4 bunk beds . 

Food will be vegetarian, made out of local organic vegetables. Mondaino, the closest village, withing walking distance, offers a café, a grocery shop and an amazing view on the Adriatc sea.

For those who prefere more privacy, there is the possibilty to be accomodated in close-by b&b’s, at your own expences.

Write to Sara ( if you want to know more about it.