Aveen is founder of the Green Living Lab. She feels blessed to have grown up in beautiful countryside in Ireland. Her experience of and deep respect for the regenerative power of nature is the heart of her designs for the Green Living Lab’s education programmes and gardens.
"The Green Living Lab encourages all generations to claim their agency within the web of life we share. Through learning about nature's designs for innovation and how it nurtures conditions for species to thrive together, we become informed, inspired and empowered. The well-being of all life is interconnected, and all of us have a role in the regeneration of our local communities and planet."
Education & Partnerships
Maggie graduated from the Green Student Bootcamp Challenge 2017 and now develops GLL events. She grew up in England and has a Masters in Geo-Information Science from Wageningen University. Recent research on an ecosystem in Norway showed her the regenerative power of nature firsthand.
"My first experience at the Green Living Lab was on a Green Living Library day when I discovered the joy and productivity of studying in the dome. Coming back for the Green Student Bootcamp Challenge in 2017 gave me the opportunity to learn about sustainable living, social entrepreneurship, and organic gardening methods. Since then, I can thank the Green Living Lab for allowing me to grow with it, and to help develop different events in new locations. Getting in touch with nature through our senses has become a key element of our events, and I enjoy developing new and fun ways of exploring this.”
Gabi is a psychologist exploring the power of nature connection to benefit mental health. From Brazil, she discovered the GLL while studying at the VU University Amsterdam. She completed the Green Student Bootcamp Challenge in 2018 and now helps us develop interactive learning tools.
"The GLL is a community where people from diverse countries and backgrounds are motivated through nature to come together and “be the change you want to see in the world”. Here, we have the opportunity to learn and experiment, to be both scientific and creative in our approach to thinking about ways we can regenerate our relationship with the natural world - and with that, our relationship with ourselves."
Deeksha joined us in summer 2019 to help facilitate ‘Paradise Earth’: our regenerative culture programme held at the Tolhuistuin Amsterdam. She grew up in India and works as a software engineer in Amsterdam. She now helps us to develop interactive learning tools for all of our events.
"Working in a corporate environment, I felt far removed from nature, and the need to find a connection with nature again. The Green Living Lab enables this connection for me. Through my work with my GLL colleagues, I have learned so much about the world around me. It is not just a learning experience for me but it is also great fun to create new events! I love the fact that I can contribute to helping others integrate nature in their urban lifestyle. "
Gabriela is a PhD candidate of molecular biology at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam. She grew up in a small village on the edge of a forest in the Czech Republic where she developed a strong bond with nature from an early age. She helps us with programme development and learning facilitation.
"It is sometimes a challenge to feel connected to nature when you live in the centre of a big city like Rotterdam. Through my work with The Green Living Lab, I feel closer to nature and have an amazing opportunity to bring nature closer to other people."
Kristina is a copywriter and amateur artist, with a passion for art therapy. She encourages playful curiosity in all of her GLL creative workshops including art from nature and crafts from recycled materials. She has a Masters in Social Science from the VU University Amsterdam and hails from Bulgaria.
" To me, the processes of creation and nature connection are inseparable. If we only know how to look, we'll see that nature has all the answers and the inspiration we need to create a better life - inside our heads and outside.