stories of the Y-top gatherings 

Going forward home! (day 12)

By now, all of the participants will have arrived safely home. The last days of the Y-TOP Gathering 2017 were busy; full of movement and surprises (both positive and less positive ones). With this final summary of how the last days were, we would like to give the participants a last remembrance of our goodbyes, and to give those who weren’t with us a last impression of this Gathering. It sure was quite a journey. The next day the group of Y-Toppians slowly thinned throughout the day. Promises to go and meet each other were made, tears were shared, and smiles were exchanged when speaking about all the memories we made together. We want to thank everyone who was there, but also those who suppo

#surf #beach (day 11)

By now, all of the participants will have arrived safely home. The last days of the Y-TOP Gathering 2017 were busy; full of movement and surprises (both positive and less positive ones). With this final summary of how the last days were, we would like to give the participants a last remembrance of our goodbyes, and to give those who weren’t with us a last impression of this Gathering. It sure was quite a journey. As many probably know by now, the last days of this Y-TOP were marked by an unfortunate hit of (likely) a combination of food poisoning and stomach virus, leaving many of us quite ill. This was an unexpected turn, which changed both the plans and atmosphere for the last day(s) quite

Traveling (day 10)

By now, all of the participants will have arrived safely home. The last days of the Y-TOP Gathering 2017 were busy; full of movement and surprises (both positive and less positive ones). With this final summary of how the last days were, we would like to give the participants a last remembrance of our goodbyes, and to give those who weren’t with us a last impression of this Gathering. It sure was quite a journey. The hostel, which had been our home for the previous 9 days, was cleaned entirely (every country being responsible for a different part) on the morning of day 10. It went surprisingly fast, taking into consideration the possible fatigue after the Party (which was a blast) the night

#Missionday (day 8)

This day was completely dedicated to giving back to Portugal, its nature, and the communities around us. From the early morning, we spread ourselves all over the area of Serra da Estrela, and the villages in surrounding areas to do many different kinds of volunteering. Below, some of the Y-Toppians shared their experience. Nun-Nursery Mission: going to a local nunnery, where the nuns run a day care for young children, and work in the garden on their own produce of peaches, nectarines, oranges, and more. Omry: this was the first time I got to experience and feel the true Portugal. It was an almost magical feeling arriving in this nunnery, with terracing vegetable gardens all around, and the

Up in the mountains (Day 7)

Today was the day of going to the lake, where the promises of pristine mountains in the distance and crystal clear waters became reality. The previous days' contents had been heavy and intense and nothing was more welcome than to simply go to the lake, no deep thinking or far-sought quests; to swim, play games, and relax. We built our own little Y-TOP Haven on the bank of the lake with plenty of shade, food, and several interesting Open Mind Passions. Still, the Portuguese sun was too strong for many of us: many learned not to underestimate the sun's power, when seeing the particularly pink tone of their skin afterwards. Although it was a tough lesson for some of us, the greatly appreciated

Humanication Day (day 6)

The previous days were spent focusing inward, on communication with and within oneself. Acknowledging that there will perhaps never be a point where we know ourselves through and through, we have formed a good base. Now, it is time to turn our vision outwards: towards communication with each other. In many ways, the day’s program intended on exploring and improving connections between the Y-Toppians. The day started with a simple gesture of kindness: everyone was encouraged to make breakfast for one another, in stead of for oneself. Giving and receiving, and those two being balanced, is a big part of human community. The rest of the morning was filled with another Song of the Day, followed b

Language, Meditation and Mediation (Day 5)

Day 5 - Our friends Regal & Essence kindly responded to our invitation; flying in from England to facilitate a days YTOP session on Language, Meditation and Mediation sprinkled with movement and a dose of astrology for good measure. Starting with an impromptu musical orchestra, a tuning in with the band on hand; summoned an atmosphere to begin proceedings with a series of curio's: The language of tone, the language of body, the language of walks and much more besides... "Where is the Love" started an unfettered dance routine at 1500metres altitude. Next up; "Anything could Happen" and it did as we again expressed our hands, feet and torsoes with freedom's rarely felt amongst so many "water o

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