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BACK TO THE ROOTS – Eastern Regional Congress 2022

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In the rush of today’s life, we often forget what’s really important. Family, friends, culture, and traditions are what shape us. Sometimes we should stop and try to come back to the roots. Finding peace and tranquility is not only crucial to ourselves but also for the whole planet and future generations. Fast living and overconsumption led to climate crisis and loss of our identity. 

Participants will take part in workshops and trainings in which they’ll learn about the Masurian Region – history, traditions, geography, and meaning of it. The presence of people from all around Europe will guarantee the exchange of cultures and experiences. It may simplify finding their own roots and make it more memorable.

Five days spent in the bosom of nature in the best company, full of theoretical and practical knowledge will be an unforgettable journey within yourself.

You don’t want to miss it!

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9 May 2022 from 09:00 to 13 May 2022 from 18:00 CEST

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Eastern Regional Congress 2022 is taking place in Ostrów Pieckowski. It is located near Masurian Landscape Park and Lake Wągiel, so scenic views and a calming atmosphere are guaranteed. The resort has its own beach and water sports equipment rental, football fields, and volleyball courts. Let’s not forget about fireplaces and areas to relax. We hope that we all can see each other in beautiful Masuria soon!

Piecki 7
Ostrów Pieckowski, masurian voivodeship 11-710 Poland
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It’s gonna be five amazing days, full of interesting and captivating activities. You gonna have an opportunity to learn something new, meet new people and get back to your roots! 


kayaking along the Krutynia river, which is the most popular route in Poland. The section that we will be wandering is about 9 kilometers long and takes between 2  to 3 hours. The river is shallow and calm, so you don’t need any extra skills or abilities to take part in it!

biking across the beautiful landscapes of Mazury, will be a memorable experience! The route will last about 10 to 15 kilometers. Be aware that Mazury has jungglacial sculpture so there are some hills

animals such as red deer, fallow deer, and sika deer live here in similar to natural conditions. You will see all of them during 1,5 h walk across the research station and hear a lot of interesting facts about them from employees. After the walk, we can sit by the lake and just chill a little bit, or have a picnic!

sailing across the beautiful Masurian lakes is all about what Mazury is actually about! Śniardwy is the biggest lake in Poland. You will sail on small boats called Sigma 600 club and it will take about 3 or 4 hours.

sightseeing with a guide around Pisz – a charming city that will last about 1,5 h. After that, you will take part in a boat trip across Roś lake. In the end, we will have the opportunity to sit at the city market and drink some good coffee. 

Excursion has been cancelled, due to insuficient sign-ups


Are You keen on spending holidays actively? Have You ever been sailing? In our workshop, we will not only cover the scientific aspect of water tourism across Europe, but we will go sailing by ourselves and use professional measuring devices to get data about water pollution!

The subject of the workshop concerns the general character of water tourism and different approaches to spending leisure time on the water. We will discuss the differences and types of this kind of tourism in various countries. Then we’ll smoothly proceed to the aspect of environmental harassment caused by tourists. By the end of the workshops, we will aim to create a report discussing the results of our measurement taken on the excursion and assessing the further consequences of the development of water tourism in the Masurian region.


We will divide into three groups and get onto the yachts. While sailing across the lake Mikołajskie, one of the most popular Masurian lakes, we will measure the cleanliness of the lake using a professional device provided by The Jagiellonian University. Having the continuous measurements taken over some period, we will be able to put the results onto the map, which will result in the breathtaking and astonishing spatial interpretation of the quality of the water in the lake.

Workshop leaders

Leona Matotek

University of Zagreb, EGEA Zagreb

Leon Puljević

University of Zagreb, EGEA Zagreb

Olecko; Poland – May 20, 2018: Monument in honor of soldiers who died during World War I, unveiled on September 11, 1927

No beaches? We don’t have them here either. But we have multiple architectural buildings filled with mixed cultural influence which created an extraordinary climate for the region. We will dive into local history and reasons why masurians are neither pole nor german.

The subject of the workshop concerns the heritage of Masuria. We will discuss historical events, masurian identity and influence of religion in this region. As a part of our workshop we are going to trace back the change of areas of influence of different countries by using pre prepared maps.

Workshop leaders

Korana Komar

Faculty of Science in Zagreb, Department of Geography, EGEA Zagreb

Stella Štefanac

University of Science Zagreb, Department of Geography, EGEA Zagreb

Catholic baroque church in Swieta Lipka (Heilige Linde), Masuria, Poland

No Are you tired of rushed and overcrowded touristic places? Come to our workshop and discover the slow way of traveling along with traditions and local products. We will present to you the essence of Cittaslow by showing our Warmian-Masurian villages and towns. You will have a chance to explore unusual architecture, try local food and feel the spirit of the Polish countryside.

The subject of the workshop concerns the Cittaslow association, which brings together small cities around the world. As part of the workshop, you will learn the main features of cities belonging to the network and what benefits and obligations result from belonging to Cittaslow. During fieldwork, you will assess how Polish cities pursue common goals and ideas of the organization. If you are interested, check their website. https://www.cittaslow.org/

Workshop leaders

Alicja Lis

Uniwersytet Jagielloński, EGEA Kraków

Patrycja Maćkowiak

Uniwersytet Jagielloński, EGEA Kraków

„Limnology in practice” is a workshop during which you will discover and learn about Polish lakes in Masuria. In the beginning we are going to present theoretical knowledge about limnology, then it is time for measurement and taking samples. At the end we will draw conclusions from our work. We also want to touch upon the problem of building a motorway through Masuria and how it can affect the environment of lakes.


The science excursion will contain the measurement of the local lake on boats or canoes. After that we are going to visit a nearby educational path which shows the natural environment of Masurian water birds. The last part of the excursion will take place in Mrągowo, where the motorway through Masuria will be built. The samples taken there will be studied later to determine pollution of these waters.

Workshop leader

Luana Schena

University of Zurich, EGEA Zurich

Closeup of freshly harvested thyme holding by hands

The workshop “Journey to the roots of herbs and sustainable farming” will take you literally to the roots of herbs – we will kick off the workshop with a walk in the Congress’ surroundings to gather edible roots and plants – dandelions, nettles, dead nettles, chavil, wild onions and whatever we are lucky to find.

This will be accompanied by wild salad, nettle soup and dandelion root coffee.


During the excursion we will visit a local Garden specialized in growing herbs and breeding butterflies, where we will learn about different herbs, make herb tea mixtures and natural soap.

Workshop leader

Michalina Pietras

University of Copenhagen

Weronika Ziółkiewicz

Jagiellonian University, EGEA Kraków

Transport Tips&Tricks

Ośrodek Wczasowy Ostrów Pieckowski
Piecki 7, 11-710 Piecki

53.776160081439635 N
21.34568483082378 E

Opening Ceremony

Warmińsko – Mazurski University in Olsztyn
2 Michała Oczapowskiego St. 10-719, Poland
(the exact room where registration is going to take place will be published soon). 

To get to the location of the opening ceremony from the train station or city center you can choose public transport: bus 103, 109 or tram. To help you navigate through the city use the app Jakdojade or Google Maps. Just in case you can always ask people for directions. Registration will be available from 12 am and some food will be offered. The opening ceremony will start at 2 pm, and soon after we will go by bus to the Congress location, so keep in mind to arrive on time. The bus is included in the participants fee.

Here is the website of Polish Railways (PKP) – https://rozklad-pkp.pl/en. You can buy your tickets with a 51% discount if you have a valid Student Card from a Polish University or you have Polish citizenship and have the ISIC (website of ISIC –  https://www.isic.org).

Tickets for national connections are available only 1 month before the date of your journey (so if you want to buy tickets for the 9th of May you can buy them only after the 9th of April). Tickets for international connections can be bought way earlier (even now).

You can travel to Olsztyn from every bigger city in Poland (Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Wrocław, and Gdańsk). It takes between 2 to 4 hours to get there from Warsaw, Gdańsk, and Poznań) or 6 – 7 hours from Kraków and Wrocław.

From every city, you can travel the day before or on the day of the congress (9th of May). Most of the trains arrive in Olsztyn between 9 am and 15 pm.

Flixbus arrives at Olsztyn only around 9 pm, so if you want to travel with Flixbus you will have to arrive there the day before (8th of May). It is line 1221 and you can travel with it from Kraków or Warsaw (also straight from WAW and WMI airport).

You can also travel by Polonus from Warsaw to Olsztyn. It leaves at 10:10 am from West Station in Warsaw and arrives at 2:40 pm in Olsztyn

Support EGEA and use this link to buy tickets for Flixbus: https://www.flixbus.de/?awc=13945_1619799311_491eef1e49e28b17461eb3ae98dc6916&wt_mc=.de.flixbus.aff.generic.651023-AW.2461752-AW.ad&wt_cc1=-aff&utm_source=awde.generic&utm_medium=aff&utm_campaign=651023-AW.2461752-AW.-aff&utm_term=&utm_content=de.flixbuss 

There are  2 airports in Warsaw – WAW (Okęcie Chopin Airport), and WMI (Warsaw-Modlin), we recommend landing at WAW which is bigger and it is closer to the city center, WMI is located about 50 minutes from the city center and it’s more complicated to get to the train station. There are also airports in Poznan, Wroclaw, Krakow, and Gdansk.

You can travel by bla bla car, but remember that drivers often post their offers only 2 – 3 days before the ride.

Here is a sheet that we created to ease ride-sharing between EGEAns! You can switch between sheets depending on whether you are offering or needing a car ride.

Car sharing

Most of the highways in Poland are for free, so you don’t have to worry about paying for the ride. Here is the list of paid highways:

  • A1 between Rusocin and Nowa Wieś (152 km)
  • A2 between Konin and Stryków (99 km) and Konin and Świecko (255km)
  • A4 between Kraków and Katowice (61 km) and Wrocław and Sośnica (160 km)

You pay by the distance traveled at the gates.

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