Deep Activism

From deep experience to ACTION

Education for Peace and Sustainability

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Storytelling Activism

Stories to change the world

The Avalon Project

The Avalon Project – Initiative for a Culture of Peace is an educational and activist NGO which aims at the construction of a global culture based on non-violence, social justice and a deep respect for the planetary Community of Life and the Earth.

The Avalon Project was born at the beginning of the new millennium in Cordova, Spain, receiving the official support of Professor Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Director-General of UNESCO between 1987 and 1999.

The Avalon Project was forced to cease its actions in mid-2013 and has resumed its activities in the fall of 2018.

Our Motto

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead, anthropologist

Our Mission / Objectives

We are in a historical context of great risk due to the effects that human activities are having on social and ecological systems. In fact, the scientific community have been warning since 1972 about the possibility of a collapse of our civilization by the middle of the 21st century. Meanwhile, governments and large corporations have done nothing to prevent it.

Given the urgency of this situation, the Avalon Project has established the following mission:

  • To offer educational resources to societies in order to foster a transition to a socially and economically just and sustainable global civilisation

  • To promote activism among citizens with the intention that every human being aware of the global situation takes action, at least, in his/her local environment

  • To preserve and disseminate those traditional stories from around the planet that can become educational vehicles for the generation of a systemic and ecological worldview in our civilisation

Our great global project

The Earth Stories Collection is a global bank of traditional stories capable of transmitting a systemic and ecological worldview. Discover The Earth Stories Collection and help us make it a great reality.

Discover the Earth Charter

The principles of the Avalon Project are based on the Earth Charter, which is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for the construction of a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Do you know the Earth Charter?

The Secret of Dreaming

Here you are one of the stories which are part of The Earth Stories Collection. It is an Australian Aboriginal myth of creation entitled "The Secret of Dreaming!. You can watch it on YouTube.

The truth is that you, our instructors, are always very present in our daily lives, when we perform actions or talk with other people, always thanking the values that I fully adopted from you. In one way or another, these values are very slowly changing, if not the world, at least my own little world… With my own example, I’m trying to leave something behind to make the world a better place.

Alba P.
Degree in History - University of Granada

I loved this course, just as it happened to me in the last time. It has been a very powerful experience. I have learned many new things and I am very grateful that you come here to teach us so much.

Pedro R. C.
Translation Studies - Universities of Heidelberg and Malaga

I felt as if a door were opening in my mind. And, as we progressed, that door was increasingly open. That is what I consider most important. The issues we have discussed… I found them very interesting. I would like to thank Grian, Nina and Marta the importance they give to our ideas, without discredit or try to change them. This is something that I think almost none of us are used to, and I really appreciate it a lot and makes me feel particularly comfortable.

Carolina P.
Education Sciences - University of Granada

It has been very positive for me. Every day, when I leave, I’ve the feeling that I am more capable of dealing both with the problems arising and the goals I had set myself. The course has seemed to me remarkable and worth recommending. I’m sure we’ll get something great and productive.

Francisco R.
Polytechnic University of Madrid

I enjoyed the workshop… And I’m very excited and motivated with this programme. I really liked the relationships within the group, between youth and adults. The only thing I missed was having more time, because I left wanting more. I liked the experience so much. Whenever we have a programme I learn many new things.

Elena R. C.
Education Sciences - University of Granada

The experience was immensely rewarding for me, and I’ve highly improved my way of relating to the world. I feel very proud for having participated because I had many experiences that helped me to understand life differently. In short, understanding it in a more positive and healthy way. This is something I would recommend to everyone.

Águeda P. F.
Carer and teacher for people with disabilities

I have realised many things that I had never considered. And whenever I come to these programmes I leave thinking a lot about what has been said and on other aspects. As for the dynamic section, I liked it a lot because thanks to that I get to be more integrated in the group, and then I felt more relaxed and comfortable, and also helped me to overcome my shyness.

María C.
Psychology - University of Granada

These courses meant to me a powerful growth, and the discovery that my limits were beyond my skin. Within the group I learned to discover and iron out my shortcomings and make bonds of love for life. There were unforgettable experiences of group co-existence, but I also felt anguish and helplessness… I could say much, but I could sum it up in one sentence: they expanded my life. Thanks to everybody.

Carmen G. C.
Technical nurse MRI equipment in hospital

I must say that this course is proving to be very useful. It expands my horizons of knowledge, not only outward but also inward. I have managed to see, smell, feel, and experience those memories that were inside me, so distant. I have managed to strengthen my life as a search of beauty, and I hope I can find a new meaning in this world of gray shades through that new door that they have opening before me…

Manuel D.
History - University of Cordova

Gradually, I’m approaching to the course with more enthusiasm and excitement. I really think this is a good way to unleash my own potential and that of anyone. I really want to continue working in these lines… because I think I will discover many things about myself.

Alberto C.
Psychology - University of Granada

"I love stories, and I found exciting that we could work the Earth Charter from the perspective of the stories."

Anonymous
Student of Education Sciences - University of Granada

"I found Session Two very interesting, the stories as an educational tool, the projects which were discussed, etc. Above all it helped me to open my eyes even more and rethink what can I do to help to save my planet. (…) The information is super-interesting and I am very comfortable in the course."

Anonymous
Student of Education Sciences - University of Granada

"Excited! It was a course which I needed and that has arrived at the exact moment in my life. I enjoyed Grian session very much, showing us his perspective on life and the world and how to face it."

Anonymous
Student of Education Sciences - University of Granada

"Day 9 was very impressive. Especially, all the data which Grian A. Cutanda gave us… this had a great impact on me and, seeing the faces of the rest of my classmates, I think the impact was widespread. On the other hand, he said several sentences which I decided to take note. But if I had not, I would not forget either. “May what you say or what you do be beautiful, because beauty impacts on the heart”. “There’s no time to break down, you have to react, NOT SURRENDER!” I still remember when he said this and how I felt, and something is vibrating inside me."

Anonymous
Student of Education Sciences - University of Granada

"I liked Grian with his message of worldview education, to take an active role in society and to struggle for change, taking care of our planet."

Anonymous
Student of Education Sciences - University of Granada

"Grian’s lesson made me think a lot. The truth is that the issue of global dehumanization is something which frustrates me a lot. So I felt very understood and identified. I am glad of the decision I made when signing up for this course."

Anonymous
Student of Education Sciences - University of Granada

"The way of transmitting of each one of the speakers, how they look at you, how they express, how they address to us … For me, in these two sessions, the one that impressed me the most was Grian A. Cutanda. He has transmitted a lot of strength and a lot of drive… and Marta, a lot of peace."

Anonymous
Student of Education Sciences - University of Granada

"I found Grian’s lesson very interesting and it stirred me inside, because it is very necessary for people to join forces against injustice and for the planet; emotions and feelings, I think there is a lot of ignorance on this subject and it is very important for us."

Anonymous
Student of Education Sciences - University of Granada

"We were impressed with Grian’s work because its importance in the road towards a change in worldview. Really, a top mark."

Anonymous
Student of Education Sciences - University of Granada

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Credits
  • Avalon’s logo design by Flor Navarro and Javier Poveda
  • Header picture 1: People’s Climate March in Edinburgh, Scotland, by Ming Wei Low, who gave us permission to use it.
  • Header picture 2: Grian in the Isle of Iona, photo made by Marta Ventura.
  • Header picture 3: Wajuppa Tossa, from Thailand, telling stories at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2017, by Ludovic Farine, courtesy of the Scottish Storytelling Festival.
  • Header picture 4: Sun-Earth Day 2008: Space Weather Around the World. sunearthday.nasa.gov
  • “Broga Hills Malaysia”, by Taufuuu, under license CC BY-NC in Flickr.
  • Grian imparting a course at the University of Granada, by Marta Ventura
  •  “Australian Aboriginal culture 002”, by Steve Evans, under license CC BY.
  • “flowerette”, by Porsche Brosseau, under license CC BY, in Flickr.
  • Dreams… by Ragesh Ev, under license CC BY-NC-SA, in Flickr.
  • “Minut de silenci per Siria”, by R. B., under license CC BY in Flickr
  • “Manifestation anti G8 au Havre”, by Guillaume Paumier, under license CC BY, in Wikipedia.
  • “Apiary at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center”, by Chesapeake Bay Program, under license CC BY-NC in Flickr.
  • “People’s Climate March_169”, by Michael O’Brien, under license CC BY-NC in Flickr.
  • “My social network”, by Luc Legay, under license CC BY-SA, in Flickr.