Academic year 2022/2023

This year, the CareLab continues to promote the Mindful Monday (mediation and intention setting for the week), and is involved in several initiatives around care, wellbeing and transformative learning. At the same time, we are writing up our findings and results in order to let more people know about our research. Please keep visiting this website.

Save the dates:

  • 05/06/ – 07/05/2023 Mindfulness and Leadership Training, hosted by NOVA University of Lisbon and The CareLab for People and Planet, within the Erasmus+ project “Mindfulness Practices for Students in Society” (MP4S).
  • 29/09/ – 01/10/2023 2nd edition of Rethink Education Hands-On at Montado Freixo do Meio
Past events

Autumn Term 2022

1st edition Rethink education *hands-on*

This event, promoted by the CareLab and friends, was a very special one: Something between a retreat and a training, we had a magical weekend at Montado Freixo do Meio where we immersed ourselves in a transformative learning experience following the model of the Schumacher College to rethink education *hands-on* and to imagine a new higher education. We are grateful for the amazing group of 13 participants from diverse Portuguese higher education institutions! Get more impressions in this photo collection and have a look at our Reflection and Assessment Summary (in Portuguese). The second edition of Rethink Education hands-on* will take place from 29 Sept – 01 Oct 2023. More news soon and stay tuned!

You can read here about the 1st edition (in Portuguese).

Care-full Sustainability Campus Days

Wow, we did it! The Care-full Sustainability Campus Days took place on 27th and 28th of September 2022 at the Campus Caparica of FCT NOVA.

An event about sustainability and full of care, designed upon the Inner Development Goals Framework and promoting activities on Being, Thinking, Relating, Collaborating and Acting!!!
A huge thank you to all who supported the event from close and far, to all participants and protagonists of the many activities of those fantastic two days!
Have a look at the event website and check our summary including a preliminary assessment here.

Some audiovisual impressions:

Short summary of the event
Opening Session
Keynote Speaker Vasco Gaspar

Summer Term 2022

With the official launch of the CareLab on 02/02/2022, we started the first agenda about the CareLab’s initiatives for the months February – June 2022. A few activities were specifically directed at the community of NOVA School of Science and Technology / FCT NOVA, but others could be joined by anyone interested. Please see below our past events.


Here you can download a full course description.
Please register here.

Please register here to stay informed about the challenge or to join in!


Anke, anthropologist, is part of the Re-Imaginary, a collective of practitioners and researchers exploring how creative methods can support deep change towards just and ecological cultures. Chris, an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, advocates for inside-out sustainability and reconnecting with nature. Anke’s and Chris’ work have deeply inspired the creation of the CareLab. Join the conversation!

Please register here (the zoom link and calendar invite will be sent after registration).


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Due to stormy weather forecast, the Deep Time Walk – planned for the Earth Day 2022, was postponed to 04 May 2022.
Join us for a walk of a different kind…
Have you ever noticed life around you? Have you ever thought about your life on this planet? In Deep Time Walk we will dive into the story of the Earth and travel across the 4.6 billion-year timeline at a rate of one million years per step. Starting at the formation of the solar system and the creation of Earth, Deep Time Walk covers significant events in Earth’s deep history, including the formation of the Moon, plate tectonics, the early evolution of life, dinosaurs and much more. The walk will put into context humanity’s rich ancestral heritage and give you an insight into the interconnectedness of all life.
This walk allows gaining new reflections about Planet Earth and the global climate emergency. Furthermore, it can surprise us about the place where we are working, studying and/or living, connecting us to the land in a different way we might be used to and discover new miracles at our footsteps.
Interested in knowing more about the Deep Time Walk? Listen to Stephan Harding’s episode on the Deep Time Walk at the Outrage + Optmism podcast!

Facilitated by Carolina & Antje.
Please register here.
Meeting point: FCT campus, main entrance of the departmental building (next to metro stop)