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Ein Blick in die Kristalle der Rauhreiflandschaft, es fühlt sich ein wenig starr und resch an, die Morgensonne schickt Ihre Strahlen in das Neue Jahr, ganz neu und unberührt. Ihre Strahlen wandeln die Kristalle in einen Warmton, einladend für Bewegung. Spaziergang von Feldbach über die Gutl-Kapelle in Richtung Giem, auf einer Anhöhe zeigt sich eine Baumgruppe, sie zieht uns förmlich in Ihren Bann. Die Gleichenberger Kogel blinzeln entgegen und bringen uns ins Sein. Das Jahr 2016 haben wir dankbar abgeschlossen, alte Dinge dürfen gehen. Ein wunderbarer Transformationsplatz, die Wiese gewärmt von den Sonnenstrahlen, lädt zum Verweilen. Neues zeigt sich im bewußten Austausch mit der Natur, kommt ins Licht, umhüllt uns mit Freude und will bewegt werden. Danke an Karola Sakotnik von Creating culture für die Begegnung am Neujahrsweg. Spirit of regions, Wegbegleitung mit einer Prise Landschaftsblick.

Transformationsplatz

Neues-im-Licht

 

As part of the “DiscOver55″ project, co-financed by the COSME fund of the European Union and in cooperation with three partner regions from Slovenia, Italy and Finland, we were able to welcome a group with 15 members for a pilot test of our offer from 23 to 28 November in Bad Gleichenberg. Our task in the project is the development of a marketable tailor-made tourist offer for the target group “International guests aged 55 years and older”. A Slovenian group of the senior citizens’ organization ZDUS tested our ideas and suggestions for six days and was asked to provide feedback about the experiences every evening.

For us as Spirit of Regions the focus was on the development of emotional experiences in combination with tradition and local customs. Nevertheless we consider visits to the well-known tourist highlights such as Zotter chocolate, Vulcano ham and world machine a must for first-timers in our region.


Tested idea: Advent in Vulkanland
Starting point of the discovery of the Silent Advent in Vulkanland was a visit of Straden – a famous place of pilgrimage with four churches, but only three churchtowers. Visit of the Advent exhibition at Kornberg Castle. Visit of the Advent markets in Feldbach and Bad Gleichenberg, both with very different concepts. A special experience for the group was the guided creation of their own Advent wreaths with a florist and the participation in the blessing of the Advent wreaths at the former blacksmith’s workshop on the village square in Mühldorf the next day.

Healing SingingAdvent Jodler
Tested idea: Healing Sounds
Under the guidance of two experienced vocal and voice trainers (Ursula Krotschek and Olna Imola Trepsker) we initiated a daily musical experience for the group. It was very well received and will certainly remain in positive memories for a long time. The following methods were used:
* Theoretical introduction to the effect of singing on our health
* Perceiving one’s own voice in space
* Voice, body, use of the larynx
* Warm-up and singing exercises
* The healing effect of the colors and chakras, common tones in the circle
* The effect of sound shells and massages with singing bowls
* Community with singing
The specially composed and jointly learned Advent Yodeller remains an unforgettable souvenir for the guests.


Tested idea: Winter Hiking
How fit are guests 55+, what needs to be though of when choosing trails and tracks? These questions were particularly interesting because of the unknown age of the visitors and also the unstable weather conditions at this time of the year. On Friday we hiked a part of the GeoTrail in Kapfenstein from the GeoInfo Museum (heartfelt thanks for the great tour of Viktoria Rubak) to the Kapfenstein Castle and the next day together with Helga and Josef Kirchengast from Absetz (Gleichenberger Kogel) to the Huabn, where snacks and a meditation experience awaited the group. Both hikes were, hopefully due to our extensive thoughts and reflections regarding the topic beforehand, easily manageable also for the two oldest guests.


The suggestions provided by the group are now making a significant contribution towards improving our offer for the target group. Thanks to this refinement we are expecting a significant increase in the number of international guests enjoying the Vulkanland region in Advent 2017.

We’d like to say thank you to the partners involved in the project: GEFAS Steiermark (Andrea Grabher, Society for Active Aging and Solidarity of the Generations), Bad Gleichenberg Tourism Association, the Kaulferschs’ from the Gleichenbergerhof, Genser coach trips, Helga & Josef Kirchengast (Huabn), Ursula Krotschek and Olna-Imola Trepsker as well as the media representatives (Woche, Heimo Potzinger and VulkanTV, Jürgen Tackner) for the reporting.

Project’s website: www.discover55.eu

Report on VulkanTV

Pictures of the pilot test

5. geführte Landschaftswahrnehmung zu besonderen Orten in der Neuen Stadt Feldbach mit dem Ziel: Wohlgefühl durch die Naturbegegnung und kennenlernen unserer unmittelbaren Umgebung. Die Hainfelder Allee ist ein gut geeigneter Platz zum Einstieg in die bewusste Kommunikation mit der Landschaft. Ein Stück höher geht es von Leitersdorfer Seite in den Steinbruch. Bewusstes Einsetzen der Sinne – das Auge entdeckt in der Streu ein Stammherz – wir nehmen es als nette Begrüßungsgeste der Natur. Ein kleiner Anstieg auf den Vulkanschlot und ein wunderbarer Blick öffnet sich in Richtung Hainfelder Schloss. Wir verbinden uns mit der Platzqualität und tauschen in der Gruppe unser Gefühl an diesem Platz aus. Feinstoffliche Landschaftskräfte sind für das Auge oft an Verwachsungen an den Bäumen ablesbar, z.B. “Baumküsse”, wo Baumstämme sich verbinden. Spiralenförmig nähern wir uns am Weg der tiefsten Stelle, dem Kratersee im Mühldorfer Steinbruch.

Wir achten auf unsere vorangegangenen Gespräche und Gefühle  und erkennen, Informationen sind in der Landschaft gespeichert. Die Steinwände mit den Basaltsäulen geben uns Geborgenheit, gleichzeitig vermitteln sie großen Respekt und eine kaum fassbare Urkraft, das Erdfeuer wird vernommen. Die vermeintliche Wunde in der Landschaft durch den Abbau weicht einer sehr herzlichen Begegnung mit dem Ort und der Faszination von besonderen Steinarten, wie Basaltbombe oder die fünfeckigen Basaltstelen. Die Begegnung stimmt uns fröhlich, wir entdecken viele Herzformen im Gestein, am Gehölz und sind in einem sehr entspannten Zustand. Dies merkt sich unser Gehirn und es reicht die bewusste Erinnerung an die Begebenheit um im Alltag zur Entspannung zu kommen. Danke an Hrn. Michael Appel für die Genehmigung der Begehung. Link zu den Bildern.

Die Verlängerung dieser Linie führt zur Riegersburg und über den Steinberg.

Die Verlängerung dieser Linie führt zur Riegersburg und über den Steinberg.

Gespräche und gleichmäßiges Gehen bringen uns in eine gemeinsame Schwingung!

Gespräche und gleichmäßiges Gehen bringt uns in eine gemeinsame Schwingung!


Der Erfahrungsaustausch ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Begehung.

Der Erfahrungsaustausch ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil der Begehung.

Landschaftswahrnehmung macht kreativ, wir sehen ein Nilpferd mit Herz im Basalt.

Landschaftswahrnehmung macht kreativ, wir sehen ein Nilpferd mit Herz im Basalt.

As part of the project Eden55plusNW, a group of small and medium-sized enterprises from Slovenia and Croatia, as well as a representative of a senior citizens’ organization, visited the Austrian region “Vulkanland Styria” from 8th – 9th November. The goal of the study tour was, on the one hand, the learning of the tourist offer of the region around Feldbach, as well as the networking of SMEs from Slo / Cro / Aut among each other.

As the Spirit of Regions agency, we support the Styrian project partners in this project and actively contribute our expertise. For example, we set up the program for the trip with an almost timely schedule and accompanied the specialist travel. Thanks to the partner agency AgencijaM from Maribor for the translations.

The development of authentic tourist offers is a special concern for us, so we used the opportunity to visit two organic farms. They are off the beaten touristic tracks. Their product language and their visible actions were, however, reflected by the tourism companies as very future-oriented.

Raabauer Eisvogel – Wilma and Karl Kaufmann – Raabau
Wilma and Karl Kaufmann mainly cultivate elderberry, aronia, ribisel, pumpkin and around 1000 damascene organic roses. The fruits and flowers are delivered fresh or dried to the wholesaler and as far as the direct marketing allows, it is refined on the farm. The kingfisher breeds in the Raab-Auen, is in the municipal wattle and decorates the product line as a label. The group was given an insight into these cultivars/yields and were able to lend a hand with the packaging itself. www.raabauer-eisvogel.at

Slow Flowers „vom Hügel“ – Margrit de Colle – Erbersdorf
Floral design belongs to the life culture in the volcano. The gifts of nature make this possible all year round. The lifebloods in the volcanic landscape make this knowledge apparent in your gardens, so also “Slowflowers” in the flower garden “vom Hügel” combine new formal structures, old trees and agricultural land to form a whole – therein lies the passion of Margrit de Colle. In the workshop the participants arranged an autumn / winter arrangement of natural elements, which had previously been collected in the forest, meadow and garden. www.vomhuegel.at

Seminar - Vom Hügel - Margrit de Colle

The feedback from the small and medium-sized enterprises in the plenum and through questionnaires makes it easier for us to interact between customer requirements and operational offerings. Horizon extensions initiate new developments.
All pictures of Day 1; All pictures of Day 2; Report about the journey on the project’s website (Day 1); Report about the journey on the project’s website (Day 2)

The fourth TAT (Trans National Assessment Team) excursion led us to the region Montepisano (IT, Tuscany, 18th-22.7.). Raffaella Nocchi of Montepisano Travel created a varied program, to provide a comprehensive overview of the tourism opportunities in the region between Pisa and Lucca.

Korbflechten-mit-Olivenzweigen

Two thermal baths and distinctive cuisine combine this region thematically with the Vulkanland Styria. In the Uliveto Therme we were to try possible holiday activities of the target group (eg. Bones for life® exercises, basketry with olive branches, expressionistic watercolor painting) in the park. The day ended with a visit with a olive oil tasting in an oil mill and the sights of towns Buti (Theater Francesco di Bartolo), Vicopisano (medieval old town) and the Monte Serra with a magnificent view of the region.

Fokusgruppengespräch mit Klein- und Mittelbetrieben

Day two was dedicated to the Focus Group, except that two separate groups were conducted with different groups of people. In the morning, the mayor and representatives of the seven Montepisano communities with the TAT members met to exchange the monastery (now a museum)in Calci, in the afternoon followed by discussions with local tourism professionals (from the kiosk or nature guides to proprietor and tourism experts). Culinary variety tasting made in a “holidays on farm” operating lunch. In the evening before dinner we were surprised with a musical start by an Italian choir, which can also be included as a program item in seniors traveling.

thematische-Module

On the third day we visited among others the National Park San Rossore and a winery near Lucca and the observatory of Capannori. After completion of the fourth and thus last TAT mission the final reports of these missions and bookable offers for tourist season now be created. We create with our agency SPIRIT OF REGIONS end of November a multi-day program as a prelude to the Silent Advent Vulkanland Steiermark, which is being tested by a Slovenian senior group. The pilot group from Austria will enjoy exploring Izola (SLO). The two project regions Montepisano (IT) and Savonlinna (FI) will also be traveled in autumn alternately by senior groups.

Pictures from the project

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