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 f...

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 to...

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...

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 le...

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 ro...

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 ne...

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...

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...

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 start...

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...

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