Blue seeds for the future 2018

August 11, 2018

This last post of the Y-Top Gathering 2018 Blog comes from my home, the Netherlands. Just as all 59 other participants of the gathering this year, I feel time is needed to recover (in a positive way, indeed) from those 12 intense days in Finland. The process of going forward home* differs for everyone - participants coming for the first time this year might find the experience very overwhelming, whilst more experienced partici...

August 9, 2018

The Humanication Day was centred around human appreciation: appreciation for different genders, cultures, nationalities and backgrounds. Through mostly expressive theatre, the creation of an international sign language and the world-famous Y-Top Party as a cherry on top of the cake, we explored different aspects of humanication and unconditional respect for one another.

Correspondent of the day: William (Sweden)

During this day,...

August 8, 2018

Physical challenges are often a great way to recognise, apply and strengthen ideas of team spirit, resourcefulness, endurance and creativity. A long, challenging hike through nature is therefore part of the Y-Top programme every year. It is an opportunity for us to, in a natural manner, explore environments other than the place we live, and bond during the hours of walking in all conditions. Whereas last year we faced a tough...

August 7, 2018

The volunteering day has been a part of the Y-Top itinerary for a few years now: it means that we reach out to the local community of the place we stay and offer our services, to give back to the place from which we receive so much during our gathering and hopefully leave it a bit better than we found it. Metsäkartano was really happy to hear that we had 60 people at our disposal to help in any way we could. The same day, we w...

August 6, 2018

The day of activities was full of the elements of movement and trying new things. An occasional downfall of rain didn't stop anyone from enjoying the various activities that were organised both by ourselves and by the staff of Metsäkartano.

In the morning, our groups rotated between archery and wall climbing, whilst a small group went for a bike ride, led by our own Dutch, over gravel roads through the Finnish forests. Whilst a...

August 5, 2018

This day revolved around the big move from the Family homes to the campsite, adjusting ourselves to our new living situations and environment, preparing our new homes (tents) for the heavy rain that was predicted, and exploring our new facilities and well-being. The new living environment meant a circular field for our tents, surrounded by pine trees and blueberries.

From now on, we will prepare breakfast and lunch ourselves in...

August 3, 2018

The last day before moving to the second half of the camp has arrived, and everyone prepares for the Big Migration to our camping site, approximately 100 metres along the lake.

Story Time: A Spontaneous Exchange between White and Blue

For several mornings, the White Eye family made a sneaky project out of the Toolbox exchange: accompanied by James Bond music, the entire family would barge into the home of the Blue Spiral family...

August 2, 2018

Again, a successful day of exploring the Seeds. Below the general blog, you can read personal short stories from some of the Families!

Speaking of the Families, this very experimental new structure of the Y-Top Gathering has been received more fruitful than we, as the Trying Team, could have ever imagined. Routine things like making dinner have been simplified by all the Families cooking an own dish (pre-determined by the...

August 1, 2018

A second day of exploring the Seeds: each family their own. During breakfast, delegates of the families were sent out on a mission (even accompanied by spy music à la Pink Panther) to transfer the Toolboxes to the families who would be using them today.

Many of us started the day by stretching altogether or discovering the countless echoes that travel across the bank of the lake. Some of us took on the challenge of swimming the...

July 31, 2018

It is a year later, and once again youth from all over the world reunite with the aim of creating, altogether, an amazing new Y-TOP Gathering. After the pristine waters and rocky mountains of Serre da Estrela, Portugal, we sought new surroundings to allow us to foster and flourish through new focus points; aims and guidelines we have come to call Seeds...

Seeds for the Future.

Around 60 youth from 12 countries therefore arrived...

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