Behind the scenes at Project One Sky
Our mission is to deliver high quality education to empower students to achieve high levels of unshakeable wellbeing, to benefit not just themselves but their societies. Together we can change the world!
At Project One Sky, we believe that if a person truly understands and knows how to look after themselves, a strong sense of wellbeing will come about, and will be reflected in how they relate to others as well as to their environment. An individual who can determine, and is not afraid to speak the truth will be filled with self-respect, respect for those around them and concern for the natural world.
Over the past three years we’ve spoken to thousands of young people to hear their opinions on wellbeing, technology, social media and influencers, on global issues such as inequality and the environmental crisis, and more recently on the Covid pandemic. They’re tired; an unprecedented amount of responsibility has been placed on their shoulders and having fun and socialising seems to be outlawed. They haven’t been given the tools to properly deal with those responsibilities, and so they’ve become a source of anxiety, and the pressures of social media leave them feeling boxed in – unable to be themselves at any moment.
We teach young people that they can make a difference, that technology allows them to change the world in a meaningful way, and that the first steps are to look after themselves and to understand themselves. We don’t provide young people with answers; we believe in them and their teachers, in their ability to find truth through meaningful conversations and in their drive to affect change and to find purpose. Through discussion they generally find that they are more inspired by Malala, Greta Thunberg and Marcus Rashford than by the Kardashians, and that at the core of wellbeing is connection – to themselves and to others.
We call Project One Sky a ‘wellbeing lab in the classroom’. We provide a full set of resources including workshops, quizzes, games and measurement methods to help young people and their teachers to develop meaningful conversations around what matters to them most, and to develop the skills and habits to live full and meaningful lives.
We’re a social enterprise – our primary purpose is to impact society. We believe the best way for us to do this is to use a model where we can grow and develop and at the same time contribute in as many ways as possible; via awareness and education, as well as charitable donations – we teach by example.
Who are we?
Dr. Colm Fallon.
Our founder & CEO Colm began development of the Project One Sky course after a prolonged period meditating in the Himalayas. It was a long journey up there – as a teenager, he suffered with mental health issues and spent 10 years on anti-depressants to curb panic attacks and sometimes month-long bouts of depression. After deciding enough was enough, he carefully came off the tablets and began his search to find the best way he could make a difference to the world – he believed this would be the true antidote to his depression.
Meet the speakers
James is MD of Earth’s Edge Adventure Company. From an early age he was immersed in the outdoors, which inspired him to make adventure his life. At 24, he had represented Ireland as a kayaker and travelled to over 50 countries.
He set up his business soon after, which allows him to meet and work with people from all around the globe. He is a leader in responsible travel and supports sustainable and ethical jobs throughout the world.
Revolution Project co-founder, and director Treasa Spragg brings the same mission to schools as she does to workplaces; delivering easy-to-implement bitesize nuggets to make people happier and healthier.
As a teacher and mother herself, she has first hand experience of the challenges facing teens Trees will empower them with the knowledge to take charge of their own sleep and health.
Con is a yoga meditation teacher from Dublin. He has a Master in Mindfulness based Interventions from UCD and is a certified RYT-500 having trained with Soma Yoga Institute in Costa Rica and The Yoga Room in Dublin.
Con has been practicing mindfulness meditation and yoga for many years. He has spent time in India, Sri Lanka, North and Central America, and many countries in Europe learning and practicing meditation and yoga.
Noelle is Qualified Nutritional Therapist. Her passion is to educate and support people on how to help, restore and nourish their mind and body back to health, as well as in health maintenance through evidence-bases Nutrition and Self-Care practices.
She believes that going back to basic and un-complicating your relationship with food, can be the most solid foundation to a healthy relationship with your mind and body.
Shane is an award-winning researcher at Maynooth University, Conducting research on subjects such as body image, mental health, and educational performance.
He has worked with young people and children in residential care, adults with intellectual disabilities, and disadvantaged youth, He is a voluntary guest speaker for students in second-chance education facilities and is involved in mentoring programs with disadvantaged youths.
Leyla grew up in Tanzania and moved to Dublin when she was a teenager. She graduated university with a BA Accounting & Finance, but something was missing for her, so she embarked on a journey to find her purpose.
Now her mission is to help raise awareness of social entrepreneurship and grow the ecosystem globally. Passionate about women empowerment, she’s trained facilitator for #IAmRemarkable workshops, Diversity and Equality
Liz’s passion for science led her first to study Maths & Physics in DIT as well meteorology and developing her career in the renewable energy industry.
She began working as a forecaster in Met Éireann, She initially developed a strong interest in conscious breathing in her personal life before receiving training as part of her broadcasting career.
Shauna is an Immigration Judge from Sligo and studied law at NUI, Galway and the University of Cambridge, England. She practices in the UK and Ireland, specializing in human rights and refugee law.
Shauna is passionate about teaching and lectures in the Law Society in Dublin. She has strong interest in ethics, both at the individual and societal levels. She is on the board of two charities.
Samantha Lee Doyle is lover of movement. She’s a yoga teacher, a rock climber, a cyclist and a bootcamp enthusiast. With new balance and grounding in her life, she incorporates some of these into her yoga classes.
As a teacher she is genuine, approachable and inspired by her love of movement and her students. Her classes are challenging, dynamic and showcase her high energy but also her love of relaxing others.