Join our inspiring training in the methods of the Bread Houses Network and its Social Enterprise Model!
The team of the Bread Houses Network has extensive experience in conducting trainings. From 2009 to today we have shared our knowledge with over 50 people from around the world who successfully apply our methods in their organizations and local communities. The training can be conducted in English or Bulgarian. The training culminates with official certification as Trained Practitioner/Bread Art therapist and inclusion in our international community of Bakers Without Borders.
During the training, participants acquire practical skills to use the methods of the Bread Houses Network:
– Bread Therapy: art therapy for people with special needs; victims of violence; various vulnerable groups
– Theater of Crumbs: emotional education method for schools/kindergartens
– Kitchen Music: music therapy and emotional education method
– 3S (Sifting – Shaping – Sharing) Alternative Career Guidance method: for high school and university students
– Breadbuilding Teambuilding: for companies and coaching groups
– Bread in the Dark (BIND): employing sight-impaired facilitators in mixed groups
– Breads and Cultures of the World: educational program in Cultural Anthropology for schools
The training also includes the board game Bakers Without Borders, winner of the UN Intercultural Innovations Award 2016. The trainees acquire the skills to facilitate and use the game in different social and educational settings. In addition to the Theater of Crumbs method included in the game, the following board games are presented:
– Create a Bread House – together participants develop ideas and skills how to become social entrepreneurs and create different social businesses;
– Become Bakers Without Borders – participants embark on an anthropological journey exploring the cultures and trying to solve local social problems of countries around the world.
The Bread Houses Network has extensive experience in developing a social enterprise model – on the one hand, in the form of innovative paid services, and on the other – in the form of a social enterprise bakery. Within the framework of the training, the experienced members of the network train on the history and development of the social enterprise model of the Bread Houses Network, the functioning of the NadEzhko social bakery, the development of the Bread Houses Network innovative paid services and other paid products (board games, children’s books, etc.). View our training program here. You can learn more on the website of our SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SCHOOL.
At the conclusion of the training you receive:
- official Certificate as “Trained Practitioner/ Bread Art therapist”
- free Handbook on the BHN Methods (100+ pages)
- free educational game “Bakers Without Borders”
- follow-up consulting and inclusion in our international community of Bakers Without Borders
Duration and training fee: 2 days – 700 Euros/860 Dollars. Training offers are prepared individually!
A teambuilding service to improve team interaction by bread-making, transformative games and inspiring metaphors.
Breadbuilding is a new approach to corporate events designed to develop soft skills and improve teamwork. This is not just a culinary lesson, but a unique experience in which team members are seen in a different light. The stages of bread-making are analogous to the processes that take place in the teams when working on a project, so bread-related metaphors are a major element of teambuilding. Among the goals of the experience are to strengthen team trust, to improve
communication between employees, to develop team resources, to create conditions for change.
Depending on the purpose of the team, breadbuilding may affect different aspects of its life:
Targeting – selection of flour
Choosing priorities – sifting the flour Defining strengths – adding sugar
Recognizing difficulties – adding salt
Determining resources – adding yeast
Improving collaboration – making dough
Achieving unity – Raising of the dough
Evaluation of results and constructive criticism – discussing ready-made bread
Celebrating success – sharing the bread prepared together
Breadbuilding can also be devoted to important team themes such as unifying values (such as customer satisfaction, product promotion, sustainability, etc.) or directions for development. The topic is selected in advance with the contact person for the event or on-site with the participants.
Goals of the event:
Sensitizing the team by preparing bread
Enhancing trust inside the team
Improving communication between team members
Prevention of stress
Developing team resources
The activity lasts from 2 to 4 hours, according to the time available to the team. It is suitable for both small and large teams. It can be held as a separate event, part of an annual meeting, conference, project, anniversary, or other special event.
Duration and price: 2-4 hours, 50-90 BGN/30- 50 USD/25-45 Euros
BREAD IN THE DARK
A method of community building and personal transformation, in which facilitators with visual impairments and sighted individuals engage make bread in a darkened environment.
The activity takes place in the space of the Sofia Bread House, where participants meet and mingle with people with visual impairments and in a completely darkened environment they engage not only with sourdough bread, but also in creating stories and experiences. Bread making involves a dialogue about various existential issues, felt with the tactile senses in the process of kneading bread as metaphors of life. The goal is to achieve awareness of the significance of the senses and how much depends on them, as well as how different the world may be depending on perceptions.
Participants have the opportunity to “get in the shoes” of people with visual impairments – to get acquainted with them and communicate with them without first seeing their faces, but only by touching and hearing their voice. The theme of the bread-making is chosen in advance or on the spot by the group, and can be devoted, for example, to the challenges we face or to what makes us unique. In the process of kneading, participants acquire a tactile idea of the individual ingredients of bread – flour, salt, sugar, sourdough and water. Each ingredient is associated to a metaphor related to the topic of bread-making and participants are invited to share their personal ideas and reactions. After kneading their breads, they form them into “bread” figures on the subject they were talking about. At the last stage of the kneading, each participant has the opportunity to guess, only by touch, what bread forms the others have created, and then to share about and “reveal” his/her bread figure.
The activity is appropriate for businesses, organizations, and other teams; for schools and higher education institutions; for private groups.
Duration and price: 2 hours, 30 leva/20 USD/15 Euros
3S SIFTING – SHAPING – SHARING METHOD
An innovative approach to career guidance through bread-making.
The method makes it possible, through a creative process that goes through the bread-making process, not to challenge logic as much as intuition, inspiration and imagination in participants. The method encourages them to spontaneously improvise and draw in flour their desired life project and career development path, which they later materialize in the form of a bread figure. In this way, participants become more aware of their inner development impulses, which often go beyond the desire for a well-paid job to connect more deeply with themselves and answer the question “why” before “what,” “how” and “where” they want to work and develop.
Stages of activity:
Sowing: Sifting and drawing in flour – a process of brainstorming talents and entering into the role of a dreamer. Participants boldly create and share ideas for future development and individual drawings, and at the end shape an intriguing picture of individual talents, interests and their interrelationships.
Mixing: Kneading and shaping of dough symbols – a process of patience and career choice and acting as a critic. Through metaphors during the mixing of the ingredients of the bread and the subsequent making of dough forms, we reflect on the most important issues, values and missions related to our future career.
Sharing: Presenting the pieces of dough and sharing a common story – a process of cross-linking and acting as a realist. Different symbols of dough begin to connect with each other through improvisation, imagination, but also realism, recognizing the possibility that each profession contributes to personal development and the common good.
The activity is suitable for schools, higher education institutions, and career centers, and can be used in group discussions, career counseling sessions, and in individual sessions in combination with other methods as well as for all young people who want to learn more about their abilities, interests, values, personal characteristics and professional development needs.
Duration and price: 2 hours, 15 BGN/10 USD/8 Euros
THEATER OF CRUMBS
Drawing in flour and blending of bakery figures and stories on a chosen educational subject.
The participants go through all the steps of making bread. All the time, an emphasis is placed on sharing as the main tool by which they learn from each other: share emotions, experiences, impressions, and finally – the bread itself. In this way, they learn to work in a team, be patient, be creative, be thinking artistically, pursue knowledge, improvise, and find solutions to real situations in a fun and fascinating way. Working with dough helps concentration and focuses attention, which is extremely important in the high-tech, fast-paced world.
Steps to build “Crumbling Theater”:
Choose a Theater of Crumbs theme that inspires virtues and values. Participants can either offer a topic themselves or the topic can be chosen in advance in accordance with their age. The theme may be related to a fairy tale, a holiday, a season, a value, a virtue. The bread-making can also be devoted to the path of bread, that is to say, a story about how to get from a grain to a ready-made bread.
The participants draw in flour on the subject and create their own story, after which they tell about their drawing and relate it to others in a common narrative.
Then the dough is mixed with the various ingredients (flour, salt, sugar, yeast, water) which, depending on age, can be linked to different metaphors of human relationships, social problems and solutions, etc. Each participant creates a doll/figure from dough. The images created by the dough are presented and linked to a common story. Participants take the bread figures home where they can bake them and share them with their loved ones, as well as share the history and lessons learned from it.
The activity is suitable for kindergartens and schools, as well as for children’s centers, language schools and others.
Duration and price: 2 hours, 12 BGN/8 USD/6 Euros
BIRTHDAY AT THE BREAD HOUSE
Celebrating a birthday with bread or cookies.
A birthday in the Bread House is an extraordinary event, perfect commemorating the special occasion. Kneading bread follows the steps of the “Theater of Crumbs” method, but the centerpiece is the person who has birthday, to whom the participants wish their wishes – first by drawing in flour and then by making bread figures. Instead of bread, younger participants can make crunchy cookies which can be baked on the spot.
The activity is appropriate for all ages and groups. The service is available for a minimum of 10 participants.
Duration and price: 2 hours, 17 BGN/10 USD/9 Euros
Creating a poem and song the melody of which is composed and played with kitchen tools. This is an additional activity that can be added to each of the methods.
The “Kitchen Music” activity is based on spontaneity. In it the musical instruments are ordinary daily kitchen utensils, from graters to pans and jars. In this way, it helps rethink everyday life as a potential constant source of inspiration, creativity and beauty. There are no professionals in Kitchen Music, there are no better or worse musicians. The methodology is developed so that participants can create song lyrics and play easy rhythms to be united in a common melody. Kitchen music teaches listening to one another and through its sound to hear ourselves.
Steps to do “Kitchen Music”:
The first steps to bread-making are common to the Theater of Crumbs method, 3C: Sifting – Shaping – Sharing, Bread in the Dark, Breadbilding and others. With the finished dough, shapes are formed. Each image forms one sentence of a common poem, and everyone learns to rhyme and develop creativity and love for poetry. The poem turns into the lyrics of a song the music of which everybody composes together only with kitchen tools. The participants come from cacophony to harmony and creatively adapt the text to the melody. The result of the event is a wonderful song and bread that participants can share with each other or at home.
The Kitchen Music activity is suitable for kindergartens and schools, but also for higher education institutions, companies, organizations and other teams.
Duration and price of the activity are negotiable.
MAKING TRADITIONAL BULGARIAN BREAD
Making authentic Bulgarian sourdough bread with a story about Bulgarian traditions and customs.
The activity is suitable for foreign tourists, for foreigners living in Bulgaria, as well as for private groups.
Duration and price: 2 hours, 20 BGN/12 USD/10 Euros
YOUR OWN EVENT IN THE BREAD HOUSE
Renting of the room for a special event – company party, work meeting, special occasion (maiden party, anniversary), etc.
Bread House Sofia is located on 103 Ekzarh Yosif Street, in one of the oldest and most well-preserved parts of Sofia.
The premise is 80 m2, of which approximately 50 m2 hold a large event hall and approximately 20 m2 – a smaller workroom. The bread house has a kitchenette (sink, refrigerator, oven, microwave) and a bathroom with toilet and sink.
The room is suitable for events for people of all ages and groups.
Duration and price: negotiable.
- Offers are prepared individually and the price of each event is determined by the number of participants, the duration of the activity and the language of communication (Bulgarian or English).
- Each event (except for Bread in the Dark) can be organized outside the Sofia Bread House.
- Part of the proceeds support our free social programs and bread therapy for people with disabilities, children and young people at risk and with problems in families, refugees, elderly people and others.