Paper Title
Participation to Adult Non-Formal Leisure Education in Local Community Programs in The Economic Crisis

The purpose of our study was to investigate the perceptions of the adult participants in the organized non-formal community-based leisure programs in association to other aspects/areas of their lives (parenthood, work, personal life) in the period of economic crisis. We conducted 14 semi-structured interviews in spring of 2018 in the Municipality of Monemvasia in Greece. The adult participants were questioned about their viewpoint on leisure and the leisure education programs they chose (dance, theater, art, choir) and about the factors that either motivate or block their participation. Findings revealed the changing nature of leisure meaning in the period of economic crisis. Leisure has been seriously restrained and the most important motive to seek non-formal creative leisure activities in community-based programs is to become distressed and relaxed from the pressures of everyday life. Keywords - Adult Education, Adult Learning, Leisure, Leisure non-formal Education, Community-based Leisure Learning Activities.