In July 2014, a group of 12 pupils from St Paul’s Girls’ School (including 3 from Bristol Grammar School and 1 from Bedales School) visited Kitezh with their Russian teacher Irina Ninnis, to experience Russian culture within the Kitezh Children’s Community.
THIRTY young people between 15-25 years old met at Orion Community in Russia in Spring 2012, to create a theatrical performance together! They came from England, Moscow and Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia. Together they created the story, the songs, the music, and after only one week they performed their show to an audience in Moscow!
In 1995 Ecologia Trust was registered as a Scottish charity. For the previous eight years Liza Hollingshead, the founder and current director, had been organising adult citizen diplomacy tours, youth exchanges and students’ ecology education field work in Russia.
Orion 2010 Appeal – protect our children and our goats! At the end of August 2010 we experienced two nights of terror at Orion. Some strangers came at night, and shot down three goats of our small herd.
In October 2010, 5 excited children from Thornlie Primary School in Lanarkshire set off on a journey to Georgia – to perform at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire and visit their friend Datuna at the Temi Community, a young Georgian boy who they have been fundraising for to enable him to have a life-saving operation.
After more than a year of preparation and enthusiastic fundraising, the Findhorn–Kitezh Youth Exchange has happened. In July 2009 twelve excited members of the Findhorn Youth Project arrived in Russia followed by a reciprocal visit to Findhorn by twelve young Russians in October, to undertake a life-changing journey in friendship and cultural understanding.
The Wetlands Biological Sewerage treatment project at Kitezh Children’s Community & Orion is now completed. On 31st March 2005 Ecologia Trust received a grant to build Reedbeds for biological wastewater treatment at Kitezh and Orion under the auspices of Small Environmental Projects Scheme, Russia (SEPS-3).