Ranch Kaja and Grom – Where animals talk with people

On the outskirts of the Slovenian town of Vojnik stands a special ranch – the Ranch Kaja and Grom. Three decades ago, Andrej and Darja built a farm out of a 150-year-old barn, and some of the buildings on the property have also been renovated. Ranch Kaja in Grom is a centre where animals, nature and people come together. They believe that animals are living beings, each with its own character, peculiarities, desires and last but not least its good and bad days, and they treat them accordingly. They want to bring children and adults closer to the animals in a comprehensive way and build a bond between them based on respect, understanding and friendship, and at the same time they want to provide the animals a good life and a long life. The children can help take care of the animals, ride and feed them and learn what it means to work on a farm. They also contribute to local agriculture by providing tools and horse manoeuvres for soil fertilisation.

Why is it regenerative?

Ranch Kaja and Grom is an example of regenerative tourism because it promotes a deep connection between animals, nature and people. Children and adults alike have the opportunity to learn about life on the farm, contribute to local farming practices, and enjoy a meaningful and educational experience. The ranch is an example of regenerative tourism, as it not only offers an authentic farm experience, but also contributes positively to the local community and sustainable agricultural practices.

Project partners met in Aveiro on the 14th and 15th of September 2023. It was the perfect opportunity to visit the destination with regenerative glasses on, to understand its many assets but also some of the challenges the destination is facing. Face to face project meetings always provide the partners with the unique opportunity to learn about the work of the hosting partner and get valuable insights about the destination. In this case partners were hosted by the dedicated team of management and tourism professionals of the University of Aveiro who shared a wealth of insights about a city that was new to many of the participants.

The Enforce project is well on track when it comes to the project work plan, which means that after having completed the Best Practice collection of innovative examples about storytelling for regeneration and also the Storyteller’s Guide, partners used the meeting to discuss the development of the Enforce Training Programme.

For the next few months partners will be working on developing the content in line with guidelines provided by the University of Usak, our project partner from Turkey.
The course should be available for piloting in January/February 2024 and will also be available in the partner languages once all translations are finalised.

The ENFORCE team met in the beautiful city of Luxembourg for its kick-off meeting. It took place at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (also known as CCIL), which opened its doors to warmly welcome all partners.

The team was aware of the importance of this first meeting and approached it with the same enthusiasm, as it plays an important role in building strong bonds that will contribute to the success of the entire cooperation. With the common goal of building a solid foundation, the participants discussed in depth the first steps required for the project ENFORCE.

During this visit, the project objectives were discussed in depth to ensure that each partner has a comprehensive understanding of the overarching goals. The outcome of the kick-off meeting was extremely satisfying for all partners and generated enthusiasm among the team. It was a success and left everyone inspired and energised.

The journey of ENFORCE has officially begun and with the collective expertise of the committed partners, there is no doubt that it will thrive and achieve remarkable results.


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Project N: 2022-1-LU01-KA220-VET-000089887

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