- 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.
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.
Until 2020, you may be eligible for funding via Erasmus+, if you are an EU resident and are affiliated with a registered organisation in your home country. The following links may help you get started:
Please contact us for the necessary details you will need to complete your Erasmus+ application.
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
Ariane has been engaged ever since arriving to the Ecovillage. She holds an MSc in Integrative EcoSocial Design and Leadership through Gaia University and is currently an advisor and coach for students. She is a certified CTI Leader and trained coach. In the aftermath of 9/11, she designed and installed The Labyrinth for Contemplation in Battery Park, New York. Ariane runs a consultancy, Regenerative Living and Leading, providing people with tools to support their communities in this rapidly changing world.
Karl is passionate about life and the ‘changing paradigm we live in’ which he sees as transforming from a system of disrespect to one of respect for both humanity and nature. Drawing on a broad range of ethnographic community-based experiences, farming, activism, maintaining a spiritual practise as well as working in the mental wellbeing sector, Karl respects and is continuously curious about the interrelationship between all aspects of life. With a deep love of learning Karl thrives on the synergy found in learning communities. Karl trained as a ‘Teacher of the Alexander Technique’ and holds a Diploma in Psychotherapy. He and his wife are presently setting up a retreat centre and organic farm in Europe.
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.