Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy and Molly Brown. 2014.
Deepening global crises surround us. We are troubled by climate change, raise of the extreme right, uncertainty about the future… This makes many of us fall prey to despair even as we feel called to respond to these threats to life on our planet.
This book offers easy-to-use methods for group work that profoundly affect peoples’ outlook and ability to act in the world and get rid of the insensitivity to pain (and joy) that many have fall into to when getting through our difficult times.
Vitamin N by Richard Louv. 2016.
This (for “nature”) is a complete prescription for connecting with the power and joy of the natural world right now, with:
- five hundred activities,
- scores of informational websites,
- an abundance of down-to-earth advice,
- and dozens of thought-provoking essays.
This book is a comprehensive, and practical guidebook for the whole family and the wider community. It is a dose of pure inspiration, reminding us that looking up at the stars or taking a walk in the woods is as exhilarating as it is essential, at any age.
Mindfulness & the Natural World, Bringing Our Awareness Back to Nature by Claire Thompson. 2014
Mindfulness & the Natural World explores what it means to connect with nature and how we can learn from nature to be more mindful in everyday life with little and very simple exercises that can be done individually.
Through personal anecdotes and proven insights, she reveals how a deeper awareness of the natural world is key to inspiring us to care about and protect nature.
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
Written in a simple and straightforward way, this book contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh’s experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader.
It begins where the reader already is – in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking in a park – and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. The deceptively simple practices encourage us to work for peace in the world and continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the ‘mindness’ into the mindful.
Salto-youth.net is great resource website for youth workers and organisations where one can find the following resources:
- European Training Calendar is where you can find trainings and seminars run by SALTO, Erasmus+ NAs and NGOs in the youth field.
- Toolbox for Training contains thousends of tools and activity ideas for youth work
- Otlas Partner Finding puts you in touch with thousands of youth projects, so you can build strong partnerships and apply for Erasmus+