- Four weeks’ beginner to intermediate training unique in its emphasis on design tools & skills applied through an action learning design team experience
- In these times of crisis and uncertainty – be it climate, finance, social and environmental injustices, skills grounded in the greater good for all and how to work with others to achieve positive results are really needed.
- This design team format provides you with an opportunity to develop your design, facilitation and collaboration skills which can be adapted to your project, career or community setting
- Guided by Gaia Education’s Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) curriculum, drawing on the expertise of educators from some of the most successful ecovillages and transition projects around the world.
Ecovillage Design Education will take you on a unique journey through the interwoven dimensions of Sustainability: broadly these are Social, Ecological, Economic and Worldview. Elements within these dimensions provide a comprehensive overview of the issues and approaches that underpin successful projects aiming towards to regeneration, sustainability, transition or developing ecovillages.
A generous variety of Findhorn Community practitioners, educators and consultants will offer their experience, wisdom and challenges to the content and activities of the course as we explore the four dimensions. We also encourage peer to peer learning and sharing opportunities.
We are building a new team to hold and deliver the training. We will update webpages as we progress. An even great focus on resilience and community building in the face of increasing climate chaos and Covid/post Covid challenges need to be incorporated into the course. Write to us directly or check back on these pages for updates.
Design Studio focus is woven throughout the month, offering you applied learning opportunities in the context of the Findhorn Ecovillage. These projects are based on real-life scenarios within the Findhorn Ecovillage and focus on the challenges and improvements needed for each project.
Participant’s choice of project will reflect the issues most relevant to the action needed in your home communities, as well as your personal learning needs. Small design teams will be co-formed, where you will work with other participants that share both similar and different skills and interest. As part of the Social dimension of ecovillage design, each team will develop agreements to define and adjust their collaborative learning process.
Previous participants have become change agents taking active roles in transitioning their projects, institutions, and neighbourhoods toward more sustainable patterns of production and consumption, as well as leading more joyful, meaningful and healthier lives.
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.Klina, EDE Participant
The course catered to a diversity of learning styles and there was an holistic approach to all topics. This has been an outstanding course and I believe that the quality of the trainers, the content, and the enthusiasm of the participants made it so.Stephen, EDE Participant
Mari is a senior manager, holds a staff seat in the College Board and recently stepped out of holding a long-term position in the Findhorn Foundation service that included: being a Trustee, Chair of management, and a co-founder of the Moray Steiner School. Holding a comprehensive personal and professional portfolio developed over four decades in Findhorn Ecovillage, Mari is one of our top experts in the development of and challenges to designing and managing an Ecovillage. With in-depth experience in community living, child and adult holistic education, Mari continue’s to significantly contribute to the day-to-day running of the College.
The fee includes tuition, outings, materials, food, and accommodation.
The higher fee helps support others to attend, the middle fee covers costs and enables course development, the low fee is the minimum cost of the course.
A non-refundable £100 deposit is required to secure your place.