Rökstólar Samvinnumiðstöð


In September 2017,  3-year Strategic Partnership  SHE EMPOWERS (2014-2017) funded by the European Commission focused on the issue of women´s unemployment and ways that support unemployed women to fulfill their potential in the society. One of the important outputs created thanks to our Action Research is : The Competence Framework for Professionals Working With Unemployed Women. On top of this, 2 Experimental training modules were ruun that Rökstólar is now adjusting into Icelandic reality ion cooperation with the relevant instituitons working on women´s empowemrnet


In August 2017, 2-year Strategic Partnership SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING FOR EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY  ended. It was focused on the issue of long-term unemployeds and innovative ways of working with them while fostering holistic development of the person in innovative learning spaces based on Empowerment and Self-directed learning principles. You can enjoy two booklets: research results as well as recommendations on Learning Space models for unemployed.

Go ahead, make yourself good coffe or tea, download here and here, get into comfortable position and ENJOY reading. Looking forward to receiving any feedback you might have for us.

In September 2015, we organized and facilitated very successful  international training where we explored funding scheme of European volunteering projects and looked at the system as a whole: EVS SPIRIT took place at a beautiful venue of Héraðskólinn @  Laugarvatn, which we heartily recommend.

In July 2014, a 2-year international project Choose Your Learning, Choose Your Life funded by European Commission´s programme related to adult education called GRUNDTVIG came to an end. There were 4 partners involved (1x Germany, 2x Italy and us in Iceland) and Rökstólar were responsible for facilitating the project on the Icelandic side. 

One of the main aims was to explore a method of Self-directed Learning and its use within adult education and support adult educators in implementing the method. 
You can read more up-to-date details chronologically in the section called NEWS
On top of this, there´s an online platform dedicated to adult educators searching for innovative practices and inspiration open to public. The only thing you have to do is to visit this page https://chooselearning.ning.com/ and ask for an invitation (lenka.uhrova@gmail.com). With an invitation you can create a login and become a member with full access to the page.

Read more: https://www.rokstolar.com/news/online-platform-for-adult-educators-public/


In September 2013, To Live Is To Learn (edition 2) - an international training course financed by the Youth in Action program and supported by the Dutch National Agency took place in ARNHEM. Together with 2 other great colleague trainers Anna Wohlesser and Ann Daniels we developed this course last year and ran a refreshed and improved edition  to explore pluses and minuses and challenges of facilitaing Self-directed learning processes. It was a beuatiful learning journey with interesting discoveries that you can read about here.

In September 2012, To Live Is To Learn - an international training course financed by the Youth in Action program and supported by the Icelandic National Agency took place in REYKJAVÍK. Together with 2 other great colleague trainers Anna Wohlesser and Ann Daniels we initiated and developed this course from the scratch being totally passionate about Self-directed learning as an approach towards life and education. It was a groundbreaking experience and based on its success, we decided to run the second edition.

In February 2012 our daughter Sara Hrund Briem was born and thus the amount of educational activities was adjusted accordingly and we decided to take much less projects than usually. 

In September 2011, Rökstólar in cooperation with EUF and a trainer Pétur Björgvin Þorsteinsson completed a set of educational activities aimed at youth workers and representatives of municipalities to help them understand and use the programme Youth in Action better.

In May 2011, Rökstólar in cooperation with an international team of trainers completed a training course aimed at improving the work of mentors within the European Voluntary Service.

Since 2007 until now, we´ve been involved in running training cycles for EVS volunteers, both in the Czech Republic and Iceland and should you be interested in hearing more about the completed projects or get the references, do not hesitate to contact the following:

Czech Republic:  petrs@mladezvakci.cz (Petr Syrucek)

Iceland: anna@euf.is (Anna R. Möller)


We, at Rökstólar, like educating ourselves, as we see at as an integral part of our work.

In September 2013, we attended the annual meeting of the Czech National Agency and apart from meeting inspiring people, we talked a lot about the potential of a new programme ERASMUS PLUS.

In September 2012, we attended the annual meeting of the Czech National Agency and met up with very inspiring people.

In July 2011, Lenka (the founder of Rökstólar) completed a year-long educational cycle for trainers called Training of trainers.

In July 2011, Eggert (one of the main advisors of Rökstólar) took part at a training course in Denmark at International people´s college as a part of Life Long Learning Programme.