EDE Cité Écologique, Canada

Programme Description

La Cité Écologique in Québec is an ecovillage empowering youth to reach their full potentiality at the confluence of businesses and mindfulness!

La Cité Écologique is located in a beautiful rural area of the province of Quebec in Canada. The property covers 700 acres of land, 100 of which produce different kinds of crops. All our property has been protected from chemical products (chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) for more than 35 years now. Near 100 people live on the property, participating in different ways to the school and working within the ecovillage’s businesses. Education is offered on-site from kindergarten to graduation and can even continue after within the ecovillage’s activities.

On-site businesses support the same ideologies and values as those associated with our school. Consequently, parents perform their daily work while practicing friendly procedures for resolution of conflicts, kinship, respect, recycling, etc. In that sense, they are role models for their children.

Visitors, students and interns are welcome trough the learning center (www.capecocommunautaire.org) Be sure to make previous reservations.

Programme Details

Current & Future EDE Programmes

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 slum 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 students of all ages with the knowledge and practical skills on how 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.