The Ananda Gaorii community, located on a 13-hectare organic farm, includes an Ashram, a learning centre and is located in the hub of Denmark’s ecovillage movement, offered unique opportunites for students to learn from and explore the diverse range of possibilities that exist within the ecovillage movement.
WING EDE Report: Applied Ecovillage Living, Findhorn
Drawing from the experience and sharing the tools of this community, participants learnt about permaculture and deep ecology, group dynamics and ecological building techniques, alternative currencies and wastewater systems, farming and community supported agriculture, social enterprise and ecological restoration.
The 2014 Damanhur EDE programme saw intensive group processes, explored many social tools from conflict solving to decision making, leadership presence and personal growth. One of the highlights was a two day community building experiment in the woods, where the group had to break the former group balance to create a new one and explore what it really means to live and act as a group.
WING EDE Report: Design for Sustainability, Findhorn
The Social week strengthened connections within the group as well as deepening communication skills; the Ecological week included enjoyable hands-on activities; the Economic Dimension presented stories of a new economic paradigm; the Worldview explored holistic ways of being and the transition training; and the final week was dedicated to practice facilitation and leadership skills.
Damanhur's 2012 EDE was the second to be run in Italy. Founded in 1975, the Federation of Damanhur is an eco-society of about 1000 citizens: a federation of communities and eco-villages with their own social and political structure in continual evolution in the north of Italy in the foothills of the Alps, 40km from Turin.
The 2011 Sieben Linden EDE was the fourth to be hosted in the Ecovillage of Sieben Linden. Sieben Linden provides a radically ecological setting, having lowered its carbon emissions to a third of the German average. This aspect of walking our talk in changing our lifestyle invokes respect and a basis for collaboration with projects from the global South.