In search for a quiet place to study while I was writing my Master Thesis, I stumbled upon an announcement on Facebook introducing the Green Living Lab. As they themselves explain, this dome, just a few minutes walk from the VU & VUmc, is a ‘pocket-sized nature paradise where volunteers have created a place to connect with nature in the city, to relax, learn & play’. While I had my most effective study hours here back in 2017 as it started as a place to work in peace and with the quiet surroundings of nature, a recent visit of their website showed me that their approach has shifted a little since my final visit. It looks like they have chosen to divide their activities currently around three pillars:
– the GREEN programme promotes a healthier urban environment in balance with the natural world. This includes workshops and events in nature on themes such as urban gardening, creative plant-based cooking, fermentation, nature crafts, permaculture, biophilic design and green technologies. Furthermore, the annual experiential learning programmes include The Green Student Bootcamp Challenge for university students, and The Green Kids Challenge for primary school children.
– the LIVING programme promotes healthy lifestyle choices for well-being. This includes programmes and workshops for groups and individuals on topics including nature crafts, plant-based cooking, botanical cosmetics, art, yoga, mindfulness, meditation and breath work.
– the LAB programme connects entrepreneurs, scientists, creatives and students to explore sustainable nature-inspired solutions for healthy urban living.