By Laura Ann B
On 8th of December 2017, over 50 young people from over 8 countries gathered in Cavagnola, Italy to take part in the first Youth in Permaculture project, in collaboration with Gaia Youth and supported by Erasmus plus funds. The Italian exchange was spearheaded by Monica Mano, and the week was designed and facilitated by dynamic and talented team leaders from each country. We all worked together to make this week a collaborative, fun and non-hierarchical project. We got much more than we could have imagined, forging lifelong friendships, creating connections and sparking ideas. We left the exchange with an abundance of hope and excitement for the future of youth in permaculture. Activities included design work, utilising permaculture guilds, practical workshops, learning about sociocracy, exploring problems and solutions, sharing our cultures, connecting with nature and planning for our future.