LARP ALCHEMY TRAINING COURSES

Larp Alchemy is a series of Training Courses for Youthworkers and game designers on the topic of LARP – Life Action Role Playing games.
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The main goal is to explore the regular LARP games (so not particularly edu-larps!) as tools of non-formal education, personal development and social change.
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Larp Alchemy is created with passion for games and creative learning. the program of each Training is individually creafted by the team of Nausika Foundation and professional game designers. The participants are invited to co-create the content of the Training in a long term.

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We started in 2022, thanks to the opportunity given to us by the long-term Accreditaion of the Erasmus+ Program in the Youth Sector.
The basic timelines are:
– once per year an advanced Training for experienced game-designers, facilitators and organizers,
– once per year an introduction Training in LARP for teachers and youthworkers with no experience demanded.

Co-financed by the European Union

Erasmus+ Accreditation in Youth 2022-2027
2020-1-PL01-KA150-YOU-000096546

Larp Alchemy #3 - October 2023

LARP ALCHEMY #3 – October 2023

Rabka-Zdrój, Poland, 7-15 October 2023

In-depth practical course of larp design, production and social impact with expert trainers. Continuation of previous trainings, for experienced designers and facilitators.

Read the INFOPACK, see us on SALTO-YOUTH.

Download MATERIALS – print pages to your larp journals from PDF or get JPG with fancy backgrounds.

Scroll down to the Gallery to see the Photos.

Larp Alchemy #2 - March 2023

LARP ALCHEMY #2 – March 2023

Rabka-Zdrój, Poland, 26.03-01.04 2023

Practical Training Course of using LARP in non-formal education and youth work. For beginners and people how want to learn LARP from a scratch.

Read the INFOPACK, see us on SALTO-YOUTH.

Download MATERIALS – print pages to your larp journals from PDF or get JPG with fancy backgrounds.

Scroll down to the Gallery to see the Photos.

Larp Alchemy #1 - November 2022

LARP ALCHEMY #1 – November 2022

Rabka-Zdrój, Poland, 2-10.11.2022

Practical Training Course of using LARP in non-formal education and youth work. For beginners and people how want to learn LARP from a scratch.

Read the INFOPACK, see us on SALTO-YOUTH.

Download MATERIALS – print pages to your larp journals from PDF or get JPG with fancy backgrounds.

Scroll down to the Gallery to see the Photos.

NETWORKING AND DISSEMINATION

PORTAL 11 CONVENTION

Budapest, Hungary, 16-18 June 2023

12 participants of Larp Alchemy trainings came in-person to the Intentional Larp Convention PORTAL 11. Games of Nausika (Poland), Selkie (Netherlands), Erea (Slovenia) – partner organizations of Larp Alchemy – were presented as part of the program. Waiting for the next opportunity to meet and launch new initiatives together!

Portal 11 Conference – Program

Portal 11 – community on facebook

Moreover, 3 participants of Larp Alchemies submitted their works to the Portal 11 Scenario Contest, one of them was awarded and will be published in 2023.

WHAT DO WE LEARN WHILE LARPING?

Zbigniew Janczukowicz, the founder of Nausika, organized workshops on this question twice in 2023:

– at 11th PoRtaL Larp Convention, 17th June 2023

– at Larp Alchemy #3 Training in Rabka, 10th October 2023

The question was especially asked about the games we play for leisure and NOT for education (NOT „edu-larp”). The answers are inviting: larpers have a clear understanding that they benefit personally and socially from playing larps, even if they are reluctant to use the words „education” or „learning”.

This is just the first step, a starting point for further, deeper research, hopefully on 2024, perhaps within a new international partnership!

See the results on MIRO BOARD

LARP PASSPORTS

Jennifer Kumer from Netherlands, who participated in LA Training #1 and #3, proposed an intriguing collaboration: to run a crowdfunding campaign called LARP PASSPORT – printing handy booklets for larp players to carry with them to different games and write down their reflections, experience and transformative moments.

This is a wonderful step towards self-evaluation of learning from activities which are not commonly associated with learning (at least not formally). Moreover, it’s an idea that springs from the Larp Alchemy community, but is not part of the Erasmus project carried out by Nausika, which means it’s self-motivated, it means the community is growing outside the project framework!

Wait out for more info, we will post a link once it’s ready!

EDU-LARP CONFERENCE, SWEDEN

On 2022-09-08, during the international Edu-Larp Conference before Knutepunkt 2022, in Linkoping, Sweden, Zbigniew Janczukowicz presented Larp Alchemy among other Erasmus+ projects related to larp tools. Some of the participants joined the first Larp Alchemy course in-person, some became project partners with Nausika.

Watch the recorded talk on YOUTUBE

See the online presentation

GEMS OF YOUTHWORK

In 2022 Zbigniew Janczukowicz recorded a podcast with Shokkin Group Estonia, on the title:

„𝗟𝗔𝗥𝗣𝘀: 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆𝘀”

Application of LARP games to youthwork and to Erasmus+ project is explained, along with the invitation to Larp Alchemy training courses.

Listen on SPOTIFY

Go to the GEMS OF YOUTHWORK WEBPAGE

FOLLOW-UP EVENTS

BEFORE AND AFTER SLENCE

date and place: Rotterdam, Netherlands, November 2022

Scenario online 

from „Larps from the factory” book

organized by: Bruno Setola and Jennifer Kumer, PLAYSPACE.CC

MOVE! A climate crisis LARP

It’s 2048. You are escaping the effects of climate disaster. What will you do?

Berlin, Germany, 28th January 2023

https://opencollective.com/a4c-academy/events/move-a-climate-crisis-larp-b706a585

designed and organized by: Antonios Triantafyllakis

METROPOLIA: A LARP ABOUT LIVING CITIES

On 14th May 2023, Miles Lizak organized his new game METROPOLIA in Barcelona. The game was inspired by Larp Alchemy #1, we’re glad to see more meaningful projects happening around. 

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It is a larp which tackles the issues of sustainable development and can be played in various cities.

METROPOLIA was later played in Budapest during Portal 11 Larp Convention (June 2023) and in Kraków as part of the local follow-up of Portal 11, therefore strengthening the collaboration between larp-related European projects.

The Scenario should be published online in 4 languages by the end of 2023.

„NAMEDAY” – „CENA DI FAMIGLIA”

A larp about family relations, played as a teaching example during Larp Alchemy #1, was translated to Italian, adopted to local conditions and organized 3 times by wonderful Annarita Falanga.

The games were played in „Osho No Mind” meditation and development center in Naples, Italy. It’s an amazing example how a LARP becomes used as a tool for reflection and social change, we hope to go that direction more often!

Fun fact: a larp designed for a maximum number of 12 players in a northern country (Poland) was successfully played by 18 players in Italy and they liked it. We want to go there!

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„CIRCLE OF SHADOWS”

Berna Okumus, inspired by Larp Alchemy #2, open a larp group in Bucharest: Red Saga LARP. Hugs, respects and fingers crossed for growing up your business and community!

The larp „Circle of shadows”, designed by Berna, was played in Romania on 30th July 2023. It was later selected as the opening game of Larp Alchemy #3 in October 2023, we’re happy to see that the participants want to co-create the training program with us!

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