Training of Trainers

  • The next Training of Trainers will take place in 2019

    The SDG Training lasts for two days and can be taken as a stand alone course.

  • The Park, Findhorn, Scotland

Findhorn, Scotland

Gaia Education Training of Trainers (ToT) course is answering an international demand for more well-qualified educators and facilitators who are able to conduct our Face-to-Face and Project-Based Learning programmes taking place in 50 countries. Recently, Gaia Education  joined forces with UNESCO Global Action Programme Priority Area 5 – Accelerating Change at Local Level. We are embarking on a path of expansion that calls for qualified trainers who can build capacity for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at local level.

Gaia Education certified facilitators and trainers will be equipped with the skills and methodologies to facilitate transformative learning environments and host multi-stakeholder conversations that enable collaborative action. The aim of the Training of Trainers is first and foremost, to help you deepen your experience in how to teach, facilitate and train people by enabling collaboration and participation among a community of learners. In addition, we support and hope to inspire you to know what you are most deeply called to teach, and most importantly, with why this kind of education is so critically important for the future of life on Earth.

Learning Outcomes

During the Training of Trainers, the participants will:

  • develop core skills of participatory facilitation and learning

  • gain confidence in holding groups and building resilient learning communities

  • facilitate students engagement in critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making in contexts that are personally relevant to them

  • decode UN conventions from concept to transformative action

  • unleash the creativity inherent in edge work

The Course is Built Upon Three Pillars

Sustainable Development Goals – Negotiating Tensions between Global and Local

The world is marked by a strong and creative tension. It is a tension between what is global and what is local. The global face is powerful, and seeking to be more so. But a tide is rising, steadily reinforcing the local, resulting in an increasing ‘Glocalisation’ as the global and local converge. This module will teach edge workers and facilitators how to navigate between the two spheres in language, ethics and implementation. It will support participants to decode relevant UN conventions into meaningful frameworks for transformative action at the local level. Topics include SDGs vertical integration, UNESCO Global Action Programme Priorities Areas, and how to translate global Climate Agreements into action through behaviour and life style changes.

Facilitating Participatory Learning Journeys

The aim of this module is for facilitators to gain the necessary skills and confidence to teach the four dimensions of sustainability in ways that support participants to empower themselves both inwardly and outwardly. These future facilitators will be expected to have knowledge in the areas they plan to teach and this module will prepare them to teach this material in a way that builds a learning community and draws deeply from the group with which they are working. Participants will ride a dynamic balance of meditation practice, experimenting with facilitation and clarifying principles to navigate a holistic educational experience. There will also be ample time for facilitation practice where all participants will gain confidence in using participatory learning tools by taking the lead in assigned sessions.

Deepening the Edge Work

The edge is the meeting point between the known and the unknown, between something being too well known, which makes it boring to us, and too unknown, which makes it confusing. The edge is a zone of high intensity, instability, creativity and innovation. Just as it is possible, through the design of ecological sustainable systems, to increase diversity and life by maximising the edges between neighboring biological communities, so it is possible to create a larger edge effect in community development thereby maximising its benefit to the society as a whole. This module will position Gaia Trainers as maximisers of edges between different communities with differing modes of operation, power structures, cultures, physical environments and worldviews. It will equip trainers with the skilful means to adapt to multiple scenarios and situations and ultimately thrive and help others thrive through creativity and playing for collaborative advantage.

SDG Training of Multipliers

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Training is a two-day course which can be taken as a stand-alone training. This interactive course invites participants to discuss the implementation of the SDGs at the global and local levels. It is a question-centred training, designed to further SDGs education and engage local communities in a process that will turn the SDGs into meaningful projects that are locally relevant and collaboratively implemented by the communities themselves.

This training is designed to build the capacity of participants to become Multipliers – facilitators of vitally important conversations who can replicate and organise their own SDG Training of Multipliers. The goal is to create a ripple effect and multiply the implementation of the SDGs. In this training participants learn an easily replicable process to facilitate more of these conversations themselves in the future, with the SDG Flashcards and the SDG Multipliers Handbook as useful guidance tools to support the process.

The Training of Trainers includes a SDG Training of Multipliers. You can choose to register for the two-day SDG Training only. Please note that if you wish to become a Gaia Education Certified Trainer, you must attend the full Training of Trainers and not only the SDG Training. Read more about the SDG Training

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What You Will Receive

Application Process to Become a Certified Trainer

To get the best learning experience from the ToT, you have ideally had completed a Face-to-Face Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) and/or a Gaia Education Design for Sustainability (GEDS) online course and should have significant experience in the dimension/s in which you would like to teach.

Please note that the Gaia Education ToT is part of a Learning Journey to become a certified Gaia Education trainer.
The minimum requirement to be certified is to complete:

  1. Face-to-Face EDE
  2. GEDS e-learning programme in the area you want to teach
  3. Gaia Education Training of Trainers

An interview during the Gaia Education ToT will ascertain suitability to be certified and be included on the Gaia Education Roster of Trainers or specify additional steps required to fulfil this.

Setting and Investment

The standard prices for the 2018 programme are as follows:

  • Full-board residential course at The Park  £1050/£925/£875
    All options include breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    The accommodation is in shared rooms. You can apply in advance for a single room for an additional £20/night. This would be paid upon arrival in Findhorn as we cannot guarantee we would have the space.
    The higher fee supports us to support others to attend, and the work of the College.
    The middle fee covers the course costs and enables course development.
    The low fee is minimum for us to provide the course. 
  • Non-residential – £731
    This option includes lunch and dinner.
  • Achieving the SDGs – One Community at a Time module, week-end only  £149
    This is non-residential week-end only, and includes lunch and dinner.

The Park is a 40-acre site that was once a caravan park; it serves as a campus for the educational programmes of the Findhorn College and Findhorn Foundation.

Newbold House - Findhorn Training of Trainers

Facilitators

Our Training of Trainers course is content rich, action-based, and led by our most experienced facilitators.

The ToT in Findhorn will be facilitated by trainers that have decades of experience in their role as facilitators of positive change.

Deborah Benham

Deborah Benham

May East

May East – for the SDG Training

Raise Awareness of the SDGs

Discover the new SDG Multipliers Handbook

The purpose of this SDG Multiplier’s Handbook is to support the participants of the Training of Multipliers in the process of stepping forward to act as multipliers and to offer a training themselves.

The highly interactive process invites participants to engage in constructive conversations about the local relevance of the 17 SDG based on a set of flashcards designed to help structure small group dialogues.

Register your Interest

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