EDE Programmes

Ecovillage Design Education programmes, often referred to as ‘EDEs’, provide participants of all ages with the knowledge and practical skills to design a society which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste.

Our immersive Face-to-Face programmes are known to have transformed lives. Previous participants have become agents of positive culture change in their communities and regional economies, they’ve co-created social enterprises and cooperatives, started community projects and became trainers for sustainability themselves – to name only a few paths you can take afterwards. The course will equip you with skills and knowledge you will be able to put into action in any field or sector you are involved with.

Participants become change agents and sustainability designers, taking active roles in transitioning their existing communities, institutions and neighbourhoods, to more sustainable patterns of production and consumption, as well as leading more joyful, more meaningful and healthier lives.

What You Study

EDE programmes are based on the four core dimensions of Gaia Education’s Ecovillage Design Curriculum: the SocialWorldviewEcological and Economic dimensions of sustainability.

The Curriculum was developed drawing on the experience and expertise developed throughout a network of some of the most successful ecovillages and transition settings around the world.

Our Presence in the World

  • EDE programmes takes place in 49 countries in the world

  • We have more than 17,000 students globally

  • More than 270 EDE programmes in the world

  • We have 110 host sites in the world

Since 2006, Gaia Education has successfully supported the delivery of more than 270 programmes in 49 countries over six continents, reaching over 17,000 students. Our EDEs have been offered in settings ranging from tribal and traditional communities to intentional ecovillages, from urban slums to universities and training centres.

The duration of these programmes are around 125 hours over a full month, or 20 immersion, although this may vary slightly depending on where and when they are taken. Please have a look at the Current Programmes page to find out more about the current EDE programmes taking place worldwide.

Interested in becoming one of Gaia Education’s EDE host sites? See how to certify a programme here.

See all active EDE programmes here

Gaia Ashram, Thailand

Gaia Ashram,
Thailand
9th April 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

Lost Valley, USA

Lost Valley Center,
United States
9th April 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Rio do Sul, Brazil

Training dates: 13 April to 7 Oct 2018
Course language: Portuguese
24th March 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Bangladesh

Training dates: 1-10 April, 2018
Course language: Bengali, English
24th March 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE GEN Japan

Training dates: 13 April to 17 Sep 2018
Course language: Japanese
24th March 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Dutch, Netherlands

Training dates: 9 Feb to 1 Sep 2018
Course language: English, Dutch
24th March 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE São Paulo, Brazil

Training dates: 4 April to 17 June 2018
Course languages: Portuguese
23rd March 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Lost Valley, USA

Training dates: 28 May to 17 Aug 2018
Course language: English
2nd March 2018/by Ginny Gegg

EDE Auroville, India

Training dates: 19 Mar to 29 Apr 2018
Course languages: English, French, Tamil
16th February 2018/by Ginny Gegg

EDE Damanhur, Italy

Training dates: 4 Aug to 1 Sep 2018
Course language: English
15th January 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Cité Écologique, Canada

Training dates: 6 Jul to 6 Aug 2018
Course language: French
15th January 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Escola da Natureza, Brazil

Training dates: 4 Mar to 28 April 2018
Course language: Portuguese
15th January 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE NextGENOA

Training dates: 29 July to 26 August 2018
Course language: English
7th December 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Ängsbacka

Training dates: To be defined
Course language: English
24th November 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Farsi, Iran

Training dates: 6 Dec 2017 to 12 Sept 2018
Course language: Farsi, English
24th November 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Gaia Paraná, Brazil

Training dates: ​16 March to 26 Aug 2018
Course language: Portuguese
24th October 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Chiapas, Mexico

Training dates: 1 to 28 July 2018
Course language: Spanish
24th October 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Estonia

Training dates: 7 Oct 2017 to 23 Sept 2018
Course language: Estonian and English
24th October 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Mozambique

Training dates: 26 March to June 2018
Course language: Portuguese
24th October 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Unipaz, Brazil

Training dates: 17 March 2017 to 15 June 2018
Course language: Portuguese
24th October 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Findhorn, Scotland

Training dates: 6 Oct to 9 Nov 2018
Course language: English
24th October 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

How to run an EDE

Run a EDE Programme

Several of our EDE graduates have carried on organising EDE programmes in their local areas, and you are warmly encouraged to do so after completing your course.

The recommended time frame of an EDE is four weeks, however this is not fixed and varies with each individual programme.

The material can be condensed into smaller workshops, spread out over a longer period, or distributed in blocks at different times and locations.

Past EDE programmes

Programme reports

What they have done in the past

Over 14,000 participants have joined the EDEs worldwide and we are happy to announce an impressive satisfaction rate of 95%.

To hear directly from them about their experiences, and for further information about past EDEs around the world, please visit our Reports page.