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Ecovillage Design Education


Five week comprehensive training

6 October – 9 November 2018
With departure Saturday morning, the 10th of November

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Based on Gaia Education curriculum Ecovillage Design Education

Sample Curriculum
Course information
Previous course reports
Participant reviews
European Funding Erasmus

Gaia Education - at the cutting edge of Sustainability

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We warmly welcome you to join us our comprehensive training. The course is based at the Findhorn Foundation ecovillage and community building on practical as well as theoretical knowledge.

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Sample Curriculum

See the curriculum overview.

Course Information

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 Ecovillage Design Education 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 facilitation practice, personal development skills, practical design theory and application.

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 2017
Design for Sustainability Report 2016

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 at the Park 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 20 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.

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Participant Reviews

'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.'
Marinus 2013

'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 2013

'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!'

Stephen 2013

For more comments & photos -- see the course reports


Book now - Individual weeks can be taken

To attend, please complete the Application Form and Enrolment Questionnaire
Enquiries by e-mail: admin@findhorncollege.org


Training fees:
Income related pricing including of room and board, materials and outings.

We want to ensure that our courses are accessible to people with diverse means. When you book, please choose the higher, medium or concession listed for the course, based on your personal income.

Full five week training: 2990.00/2700.00/2450.00

Please offer what you can afford:
The higher fee supports us to support others to attend, and the work of the College 
The middle fee covers the course costs and enables course development
The low fee is minimum for us to provide the course. Thank you.

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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 opportunity 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.

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Findhorn  College
Findhorn Foundation College, The Park, Findhorn, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 3TZ, Scotland
Scottish Charity No: SCO31792. Company No: SC215385