EDE 2012
EDE 2012
EDE 2012
EDE 2012
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Ecovillage Design Education Faculty

Ariane Burgess

Ariane Burgess holds an integrative worldview that sees our future as community, and draws upon her knowledge of key aspects of ecologic, economic, social and cultural design to spark an effective transition.
Ariane earned her Master of Science degree in Integrative EcoSocial Design and Leadership through Gaia University and is currently on the Advising circle, where she advises and coaches associate through their degree pathway. She taught elements of Gaia Education’s Design for Sustainability (aka Ecovillage Design Education) in the UK and Thailand and the Permaculture Design Certificate at the Open Center, NY. She is a certified CTI Leader and trained coach. She works in urban and rural communities and has lived, learned and lead in New York City and Findhorn Ecovillage, Scotland.
For twenty years her work has focused on reconnecting people to nature both around us and within. As a healing response in the aftermath of 9/11 she was commissioned to design and install The Labyrinth for Contemplation, Battery Park, NY, which to this day is walked and loved by many people.
Ariane started Regenerative Living and Leading to provide leaders from all walks of life with tools to support their communities in navigating this rapidly changing, turbulent world with confidence, ease and fun!

Paola Vidu

Paola Vidu works with youth, adults, couples, relationships and groups, facilitating them, where possible, to retrieve the gifts in their conflicts, the deeper messages behind their disturbances, and the gorgeousness of their inherent quirkiness and power. Passionate about diversity, inclusion, and change, she utilizes participatory and experiential processes to bring awareness to all parts of the person or group.
Previously a member Gaia Education’s Management Team, her diverse experience includes participation in the Olympic Games, careers in programming, project management and the advertising industry, work with grassroots contemplative organizations in South East Asia, youth wilderness programmes in South Africa, processwork programmes in USA and Gaia Education programmes in South Africa and Thailand. South African by birth, Paola currently resides in Portland, USA, where she is completing a Master of Arts in Process Oriented Psychology and engaging in courageous conversations on privilege and racism. Side dabblings include furniture restoration, software development, kundalini yoga, writing, and, and, and..!

May East

May East is a cultural change agent, sustainability educator and designer who leads two international organisations: Gaia Education and CIFAL Scotland ( the UNITAR Associated Training Center for Northern Europe).  Affiliated with Findhorn since 1992, May has been coordinating Education for Sustainable Development courses in over 30 countries  - for urban and rural contexts, under the umbrella of Gaia Education. A tireless networker, she has played a prominent role in developing relationships between the United Nations and the Ecovillage at Findhorn.
She facilitates the international think-tank Club of Budapest World Wisdom Council and has delivered Transition Training since 2008.

Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw trained as an engineer and has specialised in the fields of ecological design, particularly purifying water supply, transforming waste and green building. He is a founding member of The Ecovillage Institute at Findhorn and currently works within the team of Biomatrix Water ( link - www.biomatrixwater.com).  He was the longest serving Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation, recently retired from that role. He serves on the Boards of Gaia Foundation, Gaia Education, Teens and Toddlers and CIFAL Scotland ; all benefiting from his financial expertise as well as ecological credentials.
With others, Michael pioneered the Ten Stones cohousing community in Vermont, USA and project managed the Soillse co- housing project at Findhorn. He has been involved in all phases of the development and implementation of natural wastewater treatment and bioremediation systems, including Restorers since 1989 with Ocean Arks International (OAI). With Dr John Todd, founder of OAI, he is the author of two wastewater treatment patents.
In a variety of education in sustainability courses at Fihdhorn, Michael generously shares his experience and knowledge. 

Lisa Mead Lisa Mead -  After working in law and investment banking in the City of London for 10 years, Lisa escaped and spent a year recovering a sense of connection to the Earth on a remote island in Western Canada, learning first hand about living a low carbon lifestyle.  She completed a post-grad diploma in eco-building and renewable energy ( including ecological economics) at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales in 2006 and moved to Findhorn. In 2009, she co-produced her first documentary film, The Turning Point: A Return to Community, a film about Findhorn, resilience and transitioning to a life-sustaining, low carbon economy. Her other activities in Findhorn include co-managing the Phoenix organic food store through difficult financial times (2009) and serving on its board from 2009 to date; chairing the board of the Moray Art Centre (2007-2010) and acting as interim CEO of the conservation charity, Trees for Life (2011). She is passionately interested in what drives us as human beings ; she also works as a coach and mentor and is a student of Process Work.
Lisa taught Applied Sustainability on Findhorn College's Human Challenge of Sustainability undergraduate semester program. She currently runs the Earth Law Alliance and is also part of a legal drafting team developing a Rights of Nature Directive for a European Citizens' Initiative in the EU.
Maria Cooper
Maria Cooper - Maria currently lives in the Findhorn community and ecovillage. When not lost in her jungle of a garden, she works for the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network as well as in the educational part of the Global Ecovillage Network, and helps to hold permaculture and ecovillage design courses. She first came into contact with permaculture as she finished school and has been an experimenter with it ever since. She studied International Relations at the University of St Andrews where she discovered the Transition Movement, and became very involved in a local group, doing things like community gardens, local currencies, deep ecology and behaviour change projects. She now represents Scotland in the international group of Transition Hubs. Although not at university anymore, Maria is still active in supporting and encouraging the Transition University approach across the country and internationally, and has just recently published this guide.
Pracha Hutanuwatr

Pracha Hutanuwatr was a Thai Buddhisht monk and is a leading practitioner of engaged Buddhism. Currently, Pracha is the director of the Young Awakening Institute and the deputy director of the Right Livelihood Foundation, while also working as a freelance writer, translator and educational facilitator.
His work with traditional peoples and Grassroots Leadership Trainings promote social and environmental justice, primarily in SE Asia. Pracha leads Gaia Education courses in Thailand, Burma, China and at Findhorn.

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Jane Rasbash
Jane Rasbash works in sustainable development using an empowerment and engaged spirituality approach. She lives in Findhorn Ecovillage and has taught on EDEs in Findhorn, Sieben Linden and Thailand.  She is a Board Member of Gaia Education.  Jane is currently serving as strategic and technical consultant for community, sustainable education and rights based projects in Burma, Thailand, Bangladesh and more recently with GEN in some African countries.  Jane is a life coach who mentors leaders in the south often working in incredibly challenging situations.  She is passionate about Traditional Village as Ecovillage and supports Gaia Education and GEN to take this forward.
Mari Hollander

Lisa Shaw is an artist, designer and environmental educator. She is a partner in the Ecovillage Institute, and Biomatrix Water (link http://www.biomatrixwater.com/), an ecological design and engineering company based at Findhorn. She has worked on water restoration projects in India, China, Bolivia, Russia and the UK, educating for the restoration and sustainable use of water and soil. She co-founded Lookfar Connections, an environmental education cooperative and led the ‘Arts in Community’ course for the Findhorn College’s undergraduate semester course. Lisa uses art as an educational tool, bringing people together in a creative and inspirational way.

Kosha Joubert Kosha Anja Joubert (MSc Organisational Development) is an international facilitator, trainer, manager and consultant.  She has worked extensively in the fields of curriculum development, international collaboration and sustainable development. Kosha currently serves as President of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN-International). She has been a driving force behind the emergence of GEN-Africa as an independent region and the strengthening of the global aspect of GEN. Kosha is one of the GEESE (Global Ecovillage Educators for a Sustainable Earth), who met in Findhorn in 2004 and subsequently wrote the EDE-curriculum and founded Gaia Education. She has been involved in around 16 EDEs in Europe, Africa and Asia since then. She is currently working on the translation of her book, previously published in German: 'The Change Makers Guide to Collective Wisdom'.
Mari Hollander

Mari Hollander serves as course coordinator and weaver for the whole Design for Sustainability month.  She offers her extensive experience of our community life, environmental projects, and informal adult and children’s education. Currently Mari is project managing a three year renewable energy research project at The Park, Findhorn.  She is also a Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation, Chair of Findhorn Wind Park, former manager for Findhorn College, and former management team chair for the Findhorn Foundation. Mari has also been involved in teaching and management for our local Steiner Waldorf School and has lived for 5½ years as member of the low impact island community of Erraid, off the west coast of Scotland.

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