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International Ecovillage Design Education

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Gaia Ashram

Ban That, จ.อุดรธานี 41150

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Ecovillage Design Education program or EDE – also known as the Wing – programmes are based on the four core dimensions of Gaia Education’s Ecovillage Design Curriculum: the Social, Worldview, Ecological and Economic dimensions of sustainability. The curriculum ( curriculum download) was developed drawing on the experience and expertise developed in a network of some of the most successful ecovillages and transition settings across the Earth.

The learning process of this EDE will be participatory, interactive & there is plenty of room for the participants to share their skills and/or experiences. We will also make time for practical experiential learning especially regarding the Ecological dimension. During the one month we will spent at least on hour a day doing practical work to contribute to the host site Gaia Ashram, i.e gardening, natural building, creating a simple water treatment and filtration system.This one month EDE is divided using the four dimensions or the sustainability wheel & each week we will cover one dimension.

EDE-mandala

First Week : Social Dimension

30th July - 4th August

We will be living together for more then one month and we will be forming a community together during this time. During the social week we will get to know each other, build up trust, strengthen the connections within the group, with the surrounding nature and with the local people. We will create the foundations of how we can be positively living together as a community. We will establish our common ground and values together. To aid this process we will look at different tools on how to grow as individuals, how to create & grow healthy communities & we will look at how we can link & network with other like minded groups & people.

During the Social Week we will cover:

  • Community Building & Embracing Diversity
  • Communication Skills & Decision-Making
  • Leadership & Empowerment
  • Art, Ritual & Social Transformation
  • Education, Social Networks & Activism (we will cover this module more in-depth during the NextGENOA networking conference)

Week Two : Worldview Dimension

6th - 11th August

During the worldview week we will look at how we perceive our world & how this influences the outer reality. We will look at how we can change from a materialistic worldview to a more holistic worldview. We will vision and create a story for the future where humans live in harmony with nature & each other. We will look at how we can work with nature rather then against it. We will learn about Deep Ecology & “The work that re-connects”as developed by Joanne Macy. We will be introduced to the concept of the “Great Turning” & explore Deep Ecology. We will raise our ecological sensitivity by spending time in nature & observing nature through all our senses. We will see that to create change we need to change ourselves & raise our own awareness.

  • Holistic Worldview
  • Reconnecting with Nature
  • Transformation of Consciousness
  • Personal Health & Planetary Health
  • Socially Engaged Spirituality


Week Three : Economy Dimension

13th - 18th August

During the economic week we will learn about the dominant economic system and go more in depth on how the current materialistic worldview is shaping our reality; how our current global economic system is effecting the local situation. From this understanding we will then look at how we can shift away from this system to a more fair alternative economic system that take into account all the other dimensions & is respecting of nature & the Earth.

  • Shifting the Global Economy to Sustainability
  • Rights Livelihood
  • Local Economies
  • Community Banks & Currencies
  • Legal & Financial Issues

Week Four : Ecology Dimension

20th - 25th August

In the Ecology week we will learn about different strategies that will help us in building sustainable human settlements that are self-reliant, resilient & self-regenerating. We will be learning about how we as humans can co-create with nature rather than working against it. We will work on acquiring practical skills that help us to be moving towards the vision where humans & nature are living in harmony with each other. We will learn about strategies and practices that help create living systems that thrive, are abundant & can sustain humans as well as other beings and the earth as the whole.

During the Ecology Week we will cover:

  • Green Building & Retroffiting
  • Local food & Nutrient Cycles
  • Infrastructure, Water & Energy
  • Nature, Urban Regeneration & Disaster Recovery
  • Whole Systems Approach to Design


26th August - Departure day.

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