Small Footprint offers learning days for groups. Booking at least two weeks prior is required.

Additional information: info@vaikejalajalg.ee

Conscious developing of community. Communities and local solutions

Target groups: community initiators/builders, people interested in sustainable lifestyle, local activists, leaders and officials of local municipalities
Duration: 2-8 hours
Group size: 10-25 participants
Time of year: from March to November
Goal of the workshop: to introduce the idea of eco-community lifestyle and its different expressions both in the world and in Estonia.
Description of workshop: Many people long for good quality of life and living environment for themselves and their families – e.g. comfortable home, safe and clean neighbourhood for their children, friendly people with similar values around them. Conscious community building will turn a village or (part of) a town into an attractive living space. There are many foreign and local examples of how emptying periphery starts attracting both new inhabitants and many guests.
Community mindset and cooperation are important keywords of achieving permanent change. This workshop will introduce different movements and examples with sustainability as their goal, like intentional communities and ecovillages and also the transition town movement.
In addition we’ll talk about Small Footprint community’s experience of creating and developing the community from the economic, social, ecologic and worldview aspects. Depending on the length of the workshop and interest of the audience we will focus more on different aspects of community building and sustainability.
This workshop combines information with practical experiential excercizes and discussion practices. Each workshop is designed according to the needs of the group in cooperation with the customer.
Fee: 20-30€ / person, includes a delicious vegetarian lunch. Exact fee depends on the agreed contents of the program.

Lazy gardener’s garden / natural gardening

Target groups: hobby gardeners, people interested in sustainable lifestyle and growing their own food.
Duration: 2-8 hours
Group size: 10-25 participants
Time of year: from March to November
Goal of the workshop: to introduce the idea of permaculture and the practice of natural gardening.
Description of workshop: This workshop introduces the principles of permaculture and its design process. You’ll learn how to design your life and garden in a way that would align with caring for the Earth, people and sharing the surplus. We’ll also focus on practical gardening. Depending on the duration of the workshop we can talk more thoroughly about topics like covered agriculture, cardboard beds, companion plants or biodiverse greenhouse. Depending on the season and duration we can do practical observation excercizes outdoors and introduce Small Footprint community’s permaculture garden.
This workshop combines information with practical experiential excercizes and discussion practices. Each workshop is designed according to the needs of the group in cooperation with the customer.
Fee: 20-30€ / person, includes a delicious vegetarian lunch. Exact fee depends on the agreed contents of the program.

Every bite changes the world: food and sustainability

Target groups: primary and secondary school students, adults. The program of the learning day is customized according to the age and interest of students and the season. Preferably the learning day will be outdoors.
Duration: 3-5 hours
Group size: 10-30 participants
Time of year: from March to November
Goal of the workshop: to show that we influence the world with every bite and that we can change it.
Description of workshop: We all eat every day. At the same time, it is rarely understood that the food readily and cheaply available in supermarkets gets there on the expense of the environment and well-being of people. In this workshop we’ll investigate how our food and eating habits influence the sustainability of the global environment and economy.
The main concepts of food and sustainability are introduced and tied with our everyday life and surroundings in an engaging way.
For example we can learn about the importance of topsoil by making a compost heap. We can learn about the importance of biodiversity by observing local ecosystems. We can think together about what ecologic footprint is or discuss what is ecologic, local and seasonal food by analyzing our breakfast, by preparing lunch together or by tasting different canned weeds during the tea break.
Main concepts discussed:
Ecologic footprint of food, ecosystem, biodiversity and resilience of species, soil and its health, local food, wild edible plants, preserving of food, organic food, monoculture, polyculture, heritage species and seeds, annual and perennial plants.
Practical activities can comprise of making compost and elevated beds, sowing seeds, picking edible weeds or vegetables and preparing food from fresh ingredients. Plus different seasonal outdoor activities. We also offer different games and discussion excercizes related to seeds, biodiversity, local food, etc. We’ll end the workshop with a feedback circle about the content.
Each workshop is designed according to the needs of the group in cooperation with the customer. It is possible to choose more practical or theoretical activities.
Reference to the curriculum: value competence, social and citizen competence, learning and entrepreneurial competence. Concrete activities are agreed separately for each learning day.
As a result of the learning day students will be more conscious of the environmental, economic and social effects of their everyday consumption choices. They will value environment, biodiversity and local food.
Fee: 20-25€ / person, includes a delicious vegetarian lunch. Exact fee depends on the agreed contents of the program. One adult free for every 10 students.

Tour in Small Footprint eco-community

Target groups: people interested in sustainable lifestyle, local activists, leaders and officials of local municipalities
Duration: 1-2 hours
Group size: 5-30 participants
Time of year: from March to November
Languages: Estonian and/or English
Description of the tour: we’ll take a walk in the premises of Small Footprint community in Mõisamaa, Märjamaa parish. We’ll introduce the community’s main activities – producing raw chocolate, growing organic sprouts, microgreens and vegetables, permaculture garden and growing organic seeds, Gaia School and training activities. We’ll talk about our main goals and principles of living in the community, incl. economics, decision making, ownership, traditions, etc.
Fee: 30-60€ / group

You are welcome to our trainings to discover and learn how to make communities truly sustainable!