Current and Upcoming EDEs

Since 2006, Gaia Education has successfully supported the delivery of more than 240 programmes in 48 countries over six continents, reaching over 12,100 students. Our EDEs have been offered in settings ranging from tribal and traditional communities to intentional ecovillages, and 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 when and where they are taken.

Join our EDE Programmes

EDE Unipaz, Brazil

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

EDE Schloss Glarisegg

Training dates: 22 Jan to 24 Feb 2018
Course language: English
24th October 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE NextGENOA

Training dates: To be defined
Course language: English
7th December 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Mozambique

Training dates: 1 March to June 2018
Course language: Portuguese
24th October 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 Findhorn, Scotland

Training dates: 6 Oct to 9 Nov 2018
Course language: English
24th October 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 Estonia

Training dates: 7 Oct 2017 to 23 Sept 2018
Course language: Estonian and English
24th October 2017/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 Damanhur, Italy

Training dates: 2 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 Chiapas, Mexico

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

EDE Auroville, India

Training dates: 12 Mar - 22 Apr 2018
Course languages: English, French, Tamil
16th February 2018/by Ginny Gegg

EDE Ängsbacka

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

What is an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education programme)?

Change Agents

Ecovillage Design Education programmes, often referred to as ‘EDEs’, take place in more than 48 countries in settings ranging from tribal and traditional communities to intentional ecovillages, from urban slums to universities and training centres. The duration of these programmes is around 125 hours over a full month, although this may vary slightly depending on when and where they are taken. The 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.

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.

Meet the Gaia Education Certified Trainers

Gaia Education Certified Trainers

Gaia Education Trainers are leading-edge experts in their respective fields, with experience in training and facilitation in rural and urban settings, from Global South to North and everywhere in between.

Gaia Education certified facilitators and trainers are equipped with the skills and methodologies to facilitate transformative learning environments and host multi-stakeholder conversations that enable collaborative action.