WING EDE Report: Escola da Natureza

Brazil 2018

Inkiri Piracanga is located in the south of Bahia, Brazil, and has about 150 inhabitants and receives an average of 2 thousand visitors per year for the various activities offered at the Centro Inkiri Piracanga. The intentional community has 33 people that are dedicated and committed to the Inkiri dream and work in diverse areas such as: Nature, Education, Arts, Self-knowledge and Food, through the development of 20 projects that make up a non-profit community organisation legally called Inkiri Institute. Among the practices carried out in the community, a highlight is the environmental management that has been developed.

WING EDE Report: Botucatu

WING EDE Report: Botucatu

Brazil 2016

O Bairro Demétria surgiu a partir do primeiro projeto de comunidade de agricultura biodinâmica no país. Hoje é um complexo que envolve iniciativas e condomínios residenciais que abrigam cerca de 1000 habitantes. Para atender os pioneiros e os filhos dos agricultores que chegaram em 1974, surgiu, em 1984, a Escola Aitiara, que pratica a educação Waldorf e atende em torno de 400 alunos, do bairro, das regiões vizinhas e da cidade de 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: Associación 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 Manzano

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.

WING EDE Report: EDE Argentina

Argentina 2014

Después del éxito del EDE del año pasado, un grupo rico en diversidad y creatividad, cocreamos un proceso de aprendizaje activo con enfoque sistémico y multidisciplinario.
Ofrecimos herramientas innovadoras experimentadas tanto en el diseño de Ecoaldeas, como en el Movimiento de Ciudades en Transición; debido al interés de los grupos tanto en aspectos rurales, como periurbanos y urbanos.
El proceso fue transformador e inspiro a los participantes involucrándolos en nuevos proyectos, generando cambios personales en sus estilos de vida y/o conocimientos para expandir la consciencia.
El equipo organizador logró crear un fondo de becas, facilitando la sinergia con educadores, participantes y diversos emprendimientos; sumándose algunos participantes del EDE 2013 al equipo de apoyo en la organización, creando una oportunidad de entrenarse como futuros facilitadores.
Fortalecimos nuevas alianzas con Universidades y diversas Organizaciones afines. Creamos una plataforma interactiva para intercambiar servicios y productos entre ellos y otras redes.
Difundimos EDE Argentina y Gaia Education, participando en eventos y exposiciones relacionadas con la Sustentabilidad abiertos a la Comunidad y ofrecimos clases extracurriculares gratuitas introductorias de CNV, Dragon Dreaming, Pedagogía de Cooperación, Habitar Consciente; entre otras.

WING EDE Report: EDE Argentina

Argentina 2013

Programa multidimensional de aprendizaje activo, que involucro un grupo comprometido y muy diverso, compartiendo experiencias que los  inspiro a rediseñar sus vidas.
Desde una perspectiva sistémica para la evaluación, el planeamiento y desenvolvimiento de la sustentabilidad integral, ofrecimos ejemplos de diseño regenerativo y modelos de vida sustentables aplicables a distintos hábitats, proyectos en marcha, emprendimientos colectivos y comunidades en zonas urbanas y rurales.
Involucramos y ampliamos redes que unen gran cantidad de nodos de sustentabilidad desde Buenos Aires a toda Argentina y su bioregión.
Los Proyectos realizados en los Grupos de Diseño fueron implementados durante el desarrollo del EDE con gran impacto y valoración en los tres casos.
Generamos clases extracurriculares abiertas a toda la Comunidad, para compartir la sabiduría de los educadores internacionales y difundir valiosas herramientas innovadoras.

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What is an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education programme)?

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Ecovillage Design Education programmes, often referred to as ‘EDEs’, take place in 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 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.