Aveen is founder and director of the Green Living Lab. She is from Northern Ireland and feels blessed to have grown up surrounded by the beautiful nature there. She shares her deep respect of nature in her work to direct the GLL’s learning experiences and to create restorative natural spaces.
"Balance between human activity and nature is the focus of all Green Living Lab activities, as we explore how nature teaches us to regenerate our health, our communities and our world. Nature's strategies for thriving and innovation are a great source of inspiration for all the GLL team.”
Education & Partnerships
Maggie studied in the dome at the Green Living Library, and is a graduate of the Green Student Bootcamp Challenge 2017. She now helps lead our Education and Partnerships team to develop events and collaborations. She grew up in England and has a Masters in Geo-Information Science & Remote Sensing from Wageningen. A recent trip to Norway to research the impact of reindeer carcasses on ecosystems 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 first hand. 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.”
Interactive Learning & Communications
Gabi is from Brazil and has a Masters in Clinical and Experimental Psychology. She is passionate about the power of nature connection to support mental health. She is a proud graduate of the Green Student Bootcamp Challenge 2018 and now leads our Interactive Learning and Communications teams.
“ 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.”
Interactive Learning & Development
Deeksha joined us in summer 2019 to help facilitate ‘Paradise Earth’: our regenerative culture programme at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. She is from India and is now based in the growing Dutch city of Almere. She works as a software engineer and applies her skills to co-lead our Interactive Learning team.
"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. She grew up in the Czech Republic, where regular forest walks from an early age fostered her strong bond with nature. She applies her organisational skills in her dual roles in as Learning Facilitation lead and Team Coordinator.
"I believe that just being surrounded by nature helps people to relax and feel better. It definitely helps me overcome the stresses of daily life - it is difficult to find nature connection 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."
Creative Workshop Leader
Kristina is a creative copywriter and amateur artist. Inspired by the Green Living Lab and its spirit of positivity and connection, she leads “Art in Nature” workshops for children by age or at heart.