Uncharted: A Journey of Self-Discovery, Self-Development, and Self-Awareness
Uncharted was an Erasmus training course that aimed to help people become more conscious of themselves, their lives and the world around them. This project was based on different non-formal education methodology such as self-discovery, self-development, self-awareness and other life skills.
by Paola · Fri 30 Dec 2022
Uncharted was a unique opportunity to become more conscious of ourselves, our lives and the world around us. We gathered 26 people from different countries in El Garañón in Gran Canaria, Spain, ready to embark on this journey together. Connection is a two-way street; it is not only about being open and connected to other people, but also about opening ourselves up and being willing to share with those around us. It's that feeling of connection, when we can sense someone's presence, feel seen, heard and valued. When someone truly accepts us for who we are, unconditionally and without judgment – that is connection! We found home in each other as we navigated this amazing experience together.
Exploring the Hero's Journey: Facing Fears and Finding Fulfillment
The training was tailored around the "Hero's Journey" process, where each participant, like the Hero, had a journey in 4 steps (self-awareness, confrontation, self-acceptance and integration). The first step of the course is to be aware of one's own strengths and weaknesses. In order to do this, they are given a self-assessment test. In this step they are also introduced to the concept of their "hero's journey", which is a personal narrative that helps them understand their history and their purpose in life. The second step of the course is about confronting one's fears and limiting beliefs.
Participants were challenged with different scenarios that represent these fears and beliefs; and after confronting these fears they learned to accept themselves for who they are as an individual and as a group. This acceptance leads them to the final step of the course, which was about integrating these changes into their daily lives.
The hero's journey is about the courage to seek the depths; the image of creative rebirth; the eternal cycle of change. It’s a common archetype that we see in stories and myths and we can see it as a metaphor for life, where we are all on our own path to find meaning and fulfillment.It is not easy to overcome our fears and take risks in life, but that is worth it because we will find what we’re looking for.
Finding a Sense of Belonging and Acceptance Through Connection
Connection is a two-way street. It is not just about the other person, it is also about you. And when we make this connection, it feels like you are in a safe and known place.
Connection is an important part of any relationship, as it helps people feel appreciated, valued, and understood. When two people have a connection, it's like having a mutual understanding and respect for one another. This type of bond is incredibly valuable, as it allows both people to grow and learn from each other.
Connection was an important part of this journey as it serves as a bridge between the participants and can create meaningful relationships between those who know each other and those who don't. It also allows us to feel accepted for who we are; we felt like we belong and had found a sense of security when surrounded by understanding individuals. Through connection we were able to make our own version of home.
Finding Happiness Through Appreciation
We realized that although we might not always get what we wanted, we could still find happiness in appreciating what we had and striving for better things. Happiness isn't about getting the material items we desire; it's about being content with who we are and all that we have, while continuing to make improvements where necessary. Ultimately, finding happiness means understanding that life isn't only about getting what you want - it's also about being satisfied with what you have and grateful for it.