WING EDE Report: Botucatu

WING EDE Report: Cité Écologique

Canada 2016

After the success of last year’s EDE, The Cité Écologique in Québec, Canada, was proud to host their second EDE, where courses were given in French. Notre programme en Éducation au Développement d’Écovillages (EDE) a de nouveau été ouvert au public francophone lorsque La Cité Écologique au Québec a tenu sa deuxième série de cours, entre le 8 juillet et le 8 août 2016. Ce parcours d’un mois d’immersion en écovillage a pourvu les étudiants d’un accompagnement optimal lors de la réalisation de leurs initiatives éco-communautaires.

WING EDE Report: Cité Écologique

Canada 2015

The first EDE offered in French was carried out in Canada. Le premier cours francophone en Éducation au Développement d’Écovillages (EDE) du Canada a été offert par le CAP Éco-Communautaire à la Cité Écologique du 10 juillet au 10 août 2015. Cette immersion d’un mois en écovillage a donné la chance aux participants d’être outillés afin de réaliser leurs initiatives éco-communautaires.

WING EDE Report: Ascociación Gaia

Argentina 2015

The Ecovillage Design Education programme at Gaia Ecovillage took place in February 2015. The course was organised in 18 days of theoretical and demonstrative presentations and practices to integrate theory, covering a total of 144 hours. It involved 28 people of different ages from the most varied backgrounds. The Gaia Ecovillage works as an egalitarian community with a consensus systems government and shared economy. It functions primarily as a Living and Learning Centre, where people from around the world come to incorporate practical tools clues about permaculture.

WING EDE Report: El Manazano

Chile 2015

The veteran programme Ecovillage Design Education EDE took place in El Manzano, Chile in January 2015. There were 19 participants from seven different countries who gathered together willing to co-create a course, as well as a new temporary community and a new way of learning. Since its inception, the EDE has stood for a profound transformation in a time of change. This is an opportunity to learn and unlearn everything in order to get back to the real world, reborn.

WING EDE Report: Huehueecoyotl

Mexico 2014

The Ecovillage Design Education programme at Gaia Ecovillage took place in February 2015. The course was organised in 18 days of theoretical and demonstrative presentations and practices to integrate theory, covering a total of 144 hours. It involved 28 people of different ages from the most varied backgrounds. The Gaia Ecovillage works as an egalitarian community with a consensus systems government and shared economy. It functions primarily as a Living and Learning Centre, where people from around the world come to incorporate practical tools clues about permaculture.

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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 are around 125 hours over a full month, although this may vary slightly depending on where and when 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.