Current and Upcoming EDEs

Since 2006, Gaia Education has successfully supported the delivery of more than 240 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, 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 Schloss Glarisegg, Switzerland

Training dates: 14 Jan to 16 Feb 2019
Course language: English
24th October 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Training dates: 1 Aug to 11 Nov 2018
Course language: Portuguese
21st June 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Mingadi Village, DRC

Training dates to be confirmed
Course language: French
30th July 2018/by Ginny Gegg

EDE Gaia Academy Estonia

Training dates: 8 Oct 2018 to 15 Sept 2019
Course language: Estonian and English
26th September 2018/by Ginny Gegg

EDE Findhorn, Scotland

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

EDE Escola da Natureza, Brazil

Training dates: 21 Jan to 22 Feb 2019
Course language: Portuguese
15th January 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Denmark

Training dates: 4 April to 26 June 2019
Course language: English
3rd October 2018/by Ginny Gegg

EDE Chiapas, Mexico

Training dates: 30 June to 28 July 2019
Course language: Spanish
24th October 2017/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

EDE Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Training dates: 8 Aug to 25 Nov 2018
Course language: Portuguese
10th July 2018/by Ginny Gegg

EDE Auroville, India

Training dates: 7 Jan to 2 Feb 2019
Course languages: English, French, Tamil
16th February 2018/by Ginny Gegg

Dutch EDE, Netherlands

Training dates: 22 June to 20 July 2019
Course language: English
24th March 2018/by webmaster@gaiaeducation.org

Awakening Leadership Training, Thailand – An advanced EDE

Training dates: 2 Sep 2018 to 15 March 2019
Course language: English
24th October 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 50 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.