See the curriculum overview.
The curriculum draws on the experience and expertise developed in a network of educators from some of the most successful ecovillages and community projects around the world.
Read an overview of the Course Faculty
The course Design for Sustainability is an advanced training course, providing a practical forum for learning and developing skills needed to work effectively with cultural change for sustainability, on many levels including personal development skills, practical application and theory.
The Transition Training within our course offers insights and key responses to the issues that will support local efforts, towards resilience, to thrive.
The Transition networks support actions that mitigate the impacts of climate change and peak 'everything'.
Read about the role of the Design Studio and Case Studies
Previous Course Reports
A yearly report by Gaia Education covers the highlights of the course and their success.
Design for Sustainability Report 2014
Design for Sustainability Report 2013
Design for Sustainability Report 2012
The Ecovillage Design Education Curriculum was an official contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014.
The Findhorn Ecovillage is a beautiful setting. Given a Best Practice designation by UN - Habitat in 1998, the Findhorn Foundation and community have a founding tradition to listen and learn from Nature's intelligence.
We began our conversion of original caravan park to ecovillage over 30 years ago – a process that continues to this day. Founding member of the Global Ecovillage Network, Findhorn Foundation community has been offering experiential and well-informed sustainability education for over 15 years.
Within The Findhorn Ecovillage, sustainable values are expressed in the built environment with ecological houses, innovative use of building materials such as local stone and straw bales, beauty in the architecture and gardens, and applied technology in the Living Machine sewage treatment facility and electricity-generating wind turbines. Sustainable values are also expressed in the community's social, economic and educational initiatives.
'Strengths of this course, …Class A teachers; Comprehensive and cohesive content; Combination of practice and theory - most of the time; Moving the soul, inspiring the spirit and grounding the physical; Connecting personal growth with world needs… From the first moment being adressed as designers.'
'I found this course to be ...Exciting, broad, insightful, fun, with an excellent range of learning methods used ; I now understand sustainability in the context of the social, economic and spiritual perspectives as well as the ecological.'
'The course… catered to different needs with a diversity of learning styles and teachers; there was a holistic approach to all our topics and much of what we learned was being put into practice….
This has been an outstanding course and I believe that the quality of the trainers, content of the course, and the enthusiasm of the participants... made it so.
Thank you all so much for a wonderful, meaningful experience!'
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European Funding + Erasmus
European residents may be eligible for the new funding streams in Erasmus + through your affiliation with an Erasmus Plus registered organisation.
This 'adult education' funding course began this year and runs until 2020.
You will need to explore with your national agency how the new application processes work in your country. These links may help you start your investigation.
Findhorn Foundation College is registered with Erasmus +.
Please contact us for the necessary details you will need to fill in your forms.