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 50 countries in the world

  • We have more than 17,000 students globally

  • More than 300 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 300 programmes in 50 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

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.

EDE Organisers

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.