^^ Zine Release ^^

We are more than excited to be officially releasing the zine that was jointly produced by participants of ‘Freedom of Movement’ gathering from September!

Join us on the 9th and 22nd of December 2023 for some chats, snacks and story-sharing from a few of the participants. This is also a chance for those with shared experiences to connect and exchange strategies on how we can mutually support one another in foreign lands.

Bring a friend 🙂

Seminar: Solid as a rock, rooted like a tree

„Solid as a rock, rooted like a tree“ – Kraft und Halt finden trotz der Krisen der Welt
Nachhaltiger Aktivismus für politisch aktive Menschen

Datum: 17 – 19.11.2023
Uhrzeit: 15:00 – 14:00
Ort: Wermelskirchen, Gut Alte Heide    Bremen 10, 42929 Wermelskirchen

Querwaldein und das Gut alte Heide laden mit folgenden Fragen ins Bergische Land ein:

Wie kann ich meine eigene Widerstandskraft stärken? Und wie können wir dies gegenseitig und kollektiv als Gruppe etablieren? Wie können wir uns über den Zustand der Welt austauschen – mit all unseren Emotionen?
Was braucht es, um dies in eine Organisation oder Bewegung zu tragen? Mit dem Ziel gemeinsam und individuell nachhaltig politisch aktiv zu sein und bleiben zu können.
An diesem Wochenende haben wir in einem geschützten Rahmen die Möglichkeit, uns darüber auszutauschen, wie es uns mit dem Zustand der Welt geht. Ebenso wird Raum sein, persönliche und kollektive Resilienzstrategien zu entwickeln. Dabei werden wir immer wieder in und von der Natur lernen. Das Gut Alte Heide bietet uns dafür mit seiner wunderschönen Natur die ideale Umgebung.
In diesem Begegnungs- und Erfahrungsraum kannst du neue Perspektiven und Orientierung finden und deine Potenziale sowie Kraftquellen (wieder) entdecken.
Selbst in Zeiten von Krisen und Ohnmacht findest du hier die Möglichkeit, deine Handlungsfähigkeit zurückzugewinnen oder weiterzuentwickeln und dies weiter zu tragen.
Dabei wirst du von einem Referent*innen-Team begleitet, das langjährige Erfahrungen sowohl in der Naturerlebnis- und Wildnispädagogik, der Prozessarbeit und Krisenbewältigung als auch in sozial-ökologischen Bewegungen und Aktivismus mitbringt.

Übernachtet wird in Doppelzimmern, Platz für maximal 20 Menschen

Zielgruppe: Menschen, die politisch aktiv sind

Anmeldung: https://www.querwaldein.de/events/solid-as-a-rock-rooted-like-a-tree/


In this meeting we LEARN AND EXCHANGE about how we can stand in Solidarity with Each other And learn From the Histories of Our Entangeled Struggles

Where there is oppression there is resistance! The interconnected struggles between Black and Palestinian movements have a long history. First of all Afro-Palestinian movements with female Black Palestinian freedom fighters in the 1960s, before and presently.
Within Anti-Apartheid movements in South Africa people like Nelson Mandela, were standing in solidarity: “But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”.
There have been historical alliances between the Black Power movement in the US and Palestine. Black activists like Angela Davis show their continuous and uncompromising solidarity: “If we say we abolish the prison-industrial complex, as we do, we should also say abolish apartheid, and end the occupation of Palestine!”

The event takes place in Berlin-Kreuzberg,
on 28th October, 2023.
from 11:00 to 17:00.

Please write to <info_eyfa@proton.me> to register!


Agri/cultural practices: a workshop on anti-racism, arts and the environment focused on soil practice is now open to new participants!!!

Are you interested in fighting racism and addressing climate injustice?

Would you like to explore how the arts, gardening and farming can work together?
Are you Black, Asian, Indigenous, a Person of Colour, from a migrant background or a white person committed to anti-racism? If so – read on!

What is the workshop about?

Agri/cultural practices is a practical experimental workshop that provides an introduction to Permaculture (permanent agriculture) sustainable design ethics and principles through games and exercises from Theatre of the Oppressed, aimed at rehearsing solutions for change. Both Permaculture and Theatre of the Oppressed are informed by Indigenous, Black and working-class knowledge and experience. This way of combining Permaculture and Theatre of the Oppressed was developed through the Neighbourhood Academy at Prinzessinnen Garden, Berlin in 2019.

However, this workshop goes further by not only providing an introduction but focusing on anti-racism, climate justice, decolonizing, addressing power structures, understanding the link between colonialism and environmental chaos, challenging environmental racism and exploring the potential of art. The site of the workshop is a garden in development, and we will explore possibilities to design the garden with questions of the workshop in mind.

What will we be doing?

We will be playing games, doing practical exercises, reading, creative writing, observing the landscape and designing, theatre games, discussing as well as enjoying the countryside, eating healthy food and relaxing in nature. The 2nd part of the workshop concentrates on building soil and grounds. Learning different practices of composting and feeding the soil will be next to in-depth and guided observation exercises, engaging in embodied theater games and a film screening, focusing on composting and decolonization.

Where and when will the workshop take place?


  • Friday 5 May, arrival from 4pm is welcome. The workshop will be from 5pm-9pm (including mealtime)
  • Saturday 6 May 9am-9pm (with breaks, meals and optional evening programme)
  • Sunday 7 May 10am-4pm (with breaks and mealtime)

The workshop will take place in Gross Kreutz, Brandenburg, Germany at the site of myzelium project (myzeliumprojekt.wordpress.com/)

Trains from Berlin to Gross Kreutz take 40 minutes. A minibus will be provided from the station to the workshop. Driving to the venue and parking is possible. Arriving by bicycles through the Havelradweg is possible and beautiful.

Access:Unfortunately, the venue is currently not yet accessible to wheelchairs. However, do get in touch to discuss your access needs and we will try to facilitate participation. We will check in with the participants about needs to apply a Covid-19 safety policy.

How much will it cost?

The participation of the workshop is FREE for Black, Indigenous, PoC, refugees and non-white migrants. For others, we ask for a donation to the venue on sliding scale.

Vegan / vegetarian food will be provided by an on-site cook. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. All participants are expected to share in tasks such as food preparation and cleaning up after meals.

For the food, we ask a contribution of 10-100 Euros for the whole weekend depending on your possibilities.

Accommodations in own tents is free. There are a few places on mattresses. Single or double rooms are available next door for 35/50 Euros per night.

Maximum number of participants: 16.
The majority of participants will be Black, Asian, Indigenous and or People-of- Colour. Part of the work will be in smaller groups and break out groups can be facilitated.

Language: English, with German translation if needed.

Childcare: Please let us know if you require childcare and we will try to support this.

Special guest facilitator:

Asmelash Dagne

Born and raised in Ethiopia, qualifications include: Diploma of Integrated Natural Science (Hawassa college of Education/Ethiopia), Bachelor of Natural Science (Arba Minch University/Ethiopia), Permaculture Design Diploma (At permaculture institute of Britain/England) and Master of Science in Environmental Resources Management at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus – Senftenberg/Germany focus on utilizing renewable energy technology to ensure sustainable access tclean water, energy and food in most vulnerable areas of the developing countries. From 2008-2013: I started my career in 2008 as an integrated natural science teacher and school

“Permaculture” practitioner. In the years to come, I have received eight regional and national prizes for remarkable achievement in creating a modal education and innovation center for sustainable integrated natural resource management in Ethiopia. From 2014-2016: I worked as “Permaculture” trainer and consultant for SMART-Ethiopia (Sustainable Management of Alternative and Renewable Technologies). Trained over 2000 farmers, students, teachers, and agriculture extension workers in collaboration with various stakeholders (CISS – Ethiopia, LVIA – international, Slow Food International, and others). 2017 – 2018: I worked as assistant general manager at SMART – Ethiopia to install and manage seven solar water pumps to ensure sustainable access to water, energy, and food.

Trained farmers and extension work on integrated resource management. Since 2019 I have been Involved in planning and designing a multi years project on Agroforestry for sustainable development of human and nature in rural Ethiopia as external consultant, Environmental consultant and trainer @ EcoPhiRenewablesEngineeringGabH. See https://bestecodesign.wordpress.com/ 

Workshop concept


Nicole is a white queer German researcher, writer and Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures (Goldsmiths, University of London) living in Berlin and London. Her background is in exploring political cinemas for their capacity to resist what is deemed to be real and to imagine otherwise. Much of her research and thinking is inspired and informed by artistic and activist practices in South Asia, including in military occupied Kashmir. Nicole started training in Permaculture in 2014 (at Ecodharma, facilitated by Alfred Decker and Caspar Brown), followed by two PC teacher trainings including Rosemary Morrow’s course in Srinagar, Kashmir. Since then she has been passionate about connecting her interest in critical ecologies, anti-colonial environmentalisms, permaculture and creative practice, exploring agriculture as resistance practice and what a cinematics of the soil might be. Collective learning and making processes which draw on diverse knowledges are crucial for all of these questions. Nicole’s participation in ‘Living Archive – Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic Practice’ and ‘Archive ausser sich’ (both projects by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin) included research and writing for the restoration of film works by Yugantar, the first feminist film collective in India (1980-83) as well as the development of “Soil – City- Solidarity”, an interdisciplinary urban permaculture design course, and the symposium “’Tell me what matter was the ground’ –

Repair beyond redemption”. Publications can be found here: https://www.gold.ac.uk/visual-cultures/n-wolf/

Mojisola Adebayo 

Mojisola is Black-British (Yoruba/Danish) queer playwright, performer, producer, facilitator, Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London and research fellow at Potsdam University, working on environmental racism through theatre. Mojisola holds a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts, an MA in Physical Theatre, a PhD in black queer theatre (University of London). Mojisola trained extensively with Augusto Boal and is a specialist in Theatre of the Oppressed, working particularly in locations of conflict and crisis. She has worked in theatre, radio and television over the past 25 years across four continents, performing in over 50 productions, writing, devising and directing over 30 plays, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. Her own plays are concerned with racism, climate change, slavery, occupation, homophobia, Islamaphobia, gender-based violence and the Black Lives Matter movement. Publications include her plays in Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One and Plays Two (Oberon Books), 48 Minutes for Palestine (Methuen), TheTheatre for Development Handbook (Pan, co-written with John Martin and Manisha Mehta), Wind / RushGeneration(s) (in National Theatre Connections 2020, Methuen) and Black British Queer Plays and Practitioners (Methuen, co-edited with Lynette Goddard. Mojisola is commissioned by Counterpoints Arts. For more see www.mojisolaadebayo.co.uk

Partners: This workshop is a collaboration with EYFA and is only made possible through
Counterpoints Artsand Havel Kranich.

For more see:

How do I apply and ask further questions?

Email: Timo (info@havel-kranich.org) today and let us know:

  • A little about you, including how you identify (e.g. Black, Asian, Indigenous, Person of Colour, white, LGBTIQ+… this list is not exhaustive)
  • Why you would like to do the workshop
  • Any questions, requests or needs that you have


‘I’d like to put the making of this zine into context. I’ve been an immigrant since I was a child, having been forcibly displaced from my home country because of a conflict that’s spanned enough generations and seen enough violence that our people’s diaspora is larger than the total population of some European nation-states that have existed for centuries.

I am no longer that child, but as I fully embody the choices that I have made in the early years of my adulthood, the things that I have come to accept and embrace about myself, my background, my identity and my trauma, that child’s curiosity and wish to go home has resurfaced…”

To check more stories download our new zine ‘NECESSITY NECESSITY’, a report on queer diaspora and trans* voices.




Hello EYFA network people everywhere and beyond,

We, EYFA, would like to start by introducing ourselves and our work for those who still don’t know us. EYFA developed from a tour that was initiated by a Swedish/German group in 1986 to save the old-growth forests in Europe: then named European Youth Forest Action. From these beginnings, EYFA has developed into a network of individuals, grassroots organisations and collectives working to transform local and international communities in their approach to environmental and social, political and economic positions.

EYFA provides a platform and practical support for new radical ideas to grow into their full potential.

The international office located in Berlin coordinates EYFA’s activities through administrative and communication functions and being the network’s contact point for sharing local information.

EYFA focuses particularly on intersectional youth-initiated activities and projects. EYFA projects are mainly for young people, giving them the opportunity to act and encouraging them to participate actively on local and international levels.

The time for another Network Meeting is soon approaching us once again. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the Network meeting did not take place in 2020 and neither in 2021. This year we are back and we would like to, just like in 2019, have our meeting in a bigger event, where we can have the chance to meet other people / groups who are working on campaigns and initiatives that might be new, exciting and/or inspirational to us!

In 2019 we have joined the KlimaCamp in Rheinland. This year’s chosen event is ‘Women waving future’, an international conference that will take place in Berlin. The conference will bring together women activists from different corners of the world, based in Europe and beyond and will be a space for sharing experiences, stories of resistance, struggle and passion. Via intersectional lenses we will be able to understand better the different challenges women face and it’s inter-connection with multiple struggles, such as: gender, class, race, health, education, displacement / forced migration, motherhood, war, ecology / climate justice. Applying an multi-generational approach, we would like to make a direct link to current struggles around the globe and it’s impact in young women and girls.
Let’s learn together how to fortify our support networks, learning from elders and super women that are at the forefront of global social change.

November 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th (arrival on the 4th)
Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany (5th – 06th)
New Yorck im Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (7th – 08th)


  1. Team building
  2. Expanding network
  3. Share our believes and main focus and the intersections of our fights / community building approaches
  4. Collaborations and how could we work together

Who is coming?

We would really like it for new people to come to this years meeting and for this we want to reserve at least 8 spots for new members/new comers.

Food for Thought

Building an international network is an ongoing task. We do our best to keep in touch and be open for new people. We write and write and write (newsletter, reports, emails, notes) and sometimes we meet. The network meeting is one of the few occasions to see each other in person, that is why if you feel like engaging in the network, reflecting on our current work (to make it better), being/joining the orga group, spreading your ideas or initiating something, or you are simply wondering what is the network, – you should come.

Most of the invitations here are reaching out to groups rather than individuals, in the hope that it will help us meet the meeting aims, and that it could simplify the invitation process. We offer 1 to 3 places per group and we want to reserve 8 spots for new people. We want to acknowledge that sometimes people’s commitments go beyond one group, and therefore some individuals may be invited through more than one group. At the same time, we are inviting a handful of persons who may not subscribe to a group active in the network but who have put their heart and soul into it lately.

There is a rough plan for the program’s content, thinking that maybe this meeting is a good opportunity for you to talk about something with others, share your skills or fears (yes, this world is scary). Or you see there is something missing in the aims above? Write us. If you have any suggestions for the program, would like to add something to it, etc, please write us with your ideas. The more input the better to make this meeting fruitful for all of us.

Important: if you need a visa to come to Germany please let us know ASAP, so we can help you with the invitation and finances.

Expressions of interest to be sent to 2022@eyfa.orgas soon as possible, till the 10th of October. Questions, suggestions are welcome any time.

Please note, that the network meeting is only one element of the long and beautiful process of keeping the network strong, there are other ways to be active within it and we try them all. Do not be sad if you cannot come, there will plenty of opportunities to join us again.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
EYFA Office

Confirmation deadline: October 10th
How much: The Network Meeting is free of charge. Eyfa will provide the accommodation in a hostel / hotel and in shared rooms at our Berlin based member’s home. Food will be provided. If you need support covering your travel expenses please contact us!!!

Call out for youth exchange DEEP-T

Democracy Education for Ecology and Participation – Training

The DEEP-T project aims to explore in a collective way the roots of the ecological and climate crisis, and how to deal with them for a just and sustainable future. You will have the opportunity to discover relevant topics such as the EU Green Deal, degrowth and zero waste. Moreover, you will engage with practical activities such as permaculture or art production as tools for social change. Once acquired, the theoretical and practical tools, you will use them for the creation of new ideas and projects. The week-long program will be intense, no doubt, but don’t despair, we will
have time to get to know each other and enjoy ourselves.

The conceptual frameworks that will guide this learning experience are “social ecology” and “ecological literacy”. Social ecology is all about redesigning the interaction between humans, environments and the living world in a just, sustainable and imaginative way. Ecological literacy is fundamental to make sense of the economic, political and ecological processes as interconnected.

The programme will be divided in 4 phases:
1) discovering: the activities under this group focus on understanding key concepts such as the various crisis, the EU Green deal, getting to know each other and the place where we’ll live.
2) engaging: this phase is all about experiencing; be it through visiting of the local grassroots projects, or the collective elaboration of the learned concepts.

3) transforming: it’s about taking acquired tools and connections and using them to create something, in our case new projects to further our ecological and social values.
4) evaluation: means activities to critically assess what worked, what didn’t, dealing with conflict.
To understand better how these phases will take concrete form in the project, take a look at the draft program of the seminar.
Draft program

This project wants to be welcoming and inclusive for everyone, for this reason, we adopted the safer space policy, which simply is about the behaviours that we want and don’t want during the project. That we highly invite you to read it.

Safer space policy

This youth exchange project aims to open a space where the youth empower and educate each other. Doing so, helps to build a stronger EU citizenry and voices critical engagement with the EU Green Deal and its objectives. The week will be co-organized Democrazia e Ambiente – Udine (Italy), Ataec – Glocal Associative Network of Artists & Community/Climate Actions (Spain), Kollektiv N11 e.V (Germany), The Southern Lights (Greece), Zero Waste Zalec, Civilna iniciativa (Slovenia), Zelena Tranzicija (Serbia).

Practical Information

Participants have to be residents in one of the following countries: Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Serbia and Slovenia.
Age Limit: 18-30yrs old
Dates: Thursday 5 – Friday 13 May 2022
Location: Udine, Italy
The participants of the project will receive a Youthpass at the end of the activity.
This project covers the accommodation and 3 meals per day. Traveling will be reimbursed for traveling by land travel and greener means of transportation whenever possible (for more information please contact the reference contact of your country, see below).
The selected applicants will be invited to choose their voluntary solidarity contribution fee, according to their financial possibilities. Bigger contributions will support the participation of applicants with fewer means. The chosen solidarity fee will not be a selection criterion.
Each participant should check the travel requirements and the COVID regulation in the hosting country (Italy).
Selection form
In order to apply please fill out the application form at the following links, by your country of residency.
Resident in Italy
Resident in Greece
Resident in Germany
Resident in Serbia
Resident in Slovenia
Resident in Spain

We are double booked!

Leipzig and Geneva, here we come!

We are happy to announce that we are gonna be part of 2 info events where we can talk a bit more about this year’s projects and introduce our publication Autonomous Passage. The events are to happen simultaneously in both Leipzig and Geneva with local youth initiatives. The info sessions are a continuation of topics discussed on our youth gathering and also a chance to present our publication to all of you.

Due to the ongoing pandemic the events have reduced in-person participation, write us for registration. But heeey we are also gonna be streaming it live!

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(Dis?)Ability: An Online Course Fostering Accessibility in Youth Grassroots Groups



(Dis?)Ability is an online course that explores ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. The course is divided in 5 lessons that tackle topics such as accessibility, inclusivity, disability justice, privilege and oppression in youth activist movements. It also aims to create a space to reflect about self-organized events and spaces in terms of access and inclusivity. These lessons will provide tools to challenge existing barriers in these spaces and to incentivise a move towards dismantling them.

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