Katya Buchleitner (Austria)
Katya Buchleitner is one of the people who will be responsible for communication with various collaborators of the course in August. She welcomes everyone to the unique “Acting for Peace” experience ahead:
“I am Katya, and I will be responsible for the coordination on-site, meaning: communication with all organizations and institutions that we collaborate within these 2 weeks: UNESCO Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies, the Red Cross, the Fire Fighters, the Police, the Native Spirit Camp, Armin Staffler (Theatre), a great number of NGOs – as well as the city of Imst, and working to make the course run smoothly in terms of logistics and coordination.
I have graduated from the MA course of ‘Peace and Conflict Studies’ in Innsbruck in 2009, and I am very grateful for the teachings and friendships I got within this program. My past 5 years have been very much ‘in movement’: I lived in Mexico (Oaxaca) for 8 months and facilitated a ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ course, while at the same time working at a permaculture farm. Then, my passion shifted to ‘dancing’ and I lived in Germany and Denmark for dance trainings, improvisational dance and Butoh.
The journey continued with thinking that I ‘eventually knew what I really want to do in life’ – so I became a ‘sexual educator’, meaning that I work with youth on the topics of love, sexuality, body, relationships. I also go to camps with school classes as a facilitator, and organize a lot of outdoor activities with them (nature sensitivity, cooperation games, creativity, etc.)
Other topics I am passionate about are: dancing, nature, growing veggies, writing for a young socio-political magazine called TAU. Right before our Summer Course, I will assist a ‘Vision Quest’ for young people, who dare to spend 3 days alone into the woods, without shelter and fasting, as an initiation ritual into adulthood.
Lastly, I wish a warm welcome to you all to the UWC ‘Acting For Peace’ Short Course experience. I am very much looking forward to the unique times that we will share this summer.”