Participants Quotes

"I want to express my gratitude for all that I learned and shared. The GEDS was an amazing journey. The tutors are as good as the word good can be, very knowledgeable and the best of all, givers. The GEDS was for me an eye opener in many important subjects I ignored."
Jean-Louis Rey, Organic Farmer and Consultant, Switzerland, 2014/2015
"The structure of the curriculum was beautiful and holistic. This helped me to reach a new level and depth of understanding beyond my expectations. Having the case study apply to my community made the learning very relevant and fascinating. Hope to teach the curriculum in the future and am already using it everyday in the development of our community."
Carrie Campbell, Community Activist, USA, 2014/2015
"It will change the way I teach Permaculture from now on. This course has given me a new focus and a new angle to perceive what is an old topic for me. I would recommend this course to anyone who seriously wants to learn in-depth what it means to live sustainably. The teachers were great, all of them! Thank you!!!"
Barb Hazenvald, Permaculture Teacher, Canada, 2011/2012
"The GEDS course has helped me explore a wide range of sustainable development issues, both theoretically and practically. Through this course, I have learned a lot about team work, time management, creativity and art. The activities for students are very well designed and helped me reflect on my daily sustainability practice and create new plans for a better strategy. It sharpened my way of thinking from various different lenses as well as providing a lot of creative ideas to work on afterwards"
Any Sulistyowati, Indonesia, 2011/2012
"The course is very well organized. It provides a lot of info and also includes many references to other web sources. It has made me realize that changes are possible in any level and I can do them where I am."
Christiane Matachana, Brazil, 2011/12
"Considering the limitations of an online course, I found the contents and the activities very inspiring to help me learn about myself and about the important changes required to develop sustainable communities within the industrialized, consummerist society where I am living. This course is unique in terms of offering a formal, academic course with a set of values that is very different from the main-stream courses: it spans many topics rather than seek specialization, and it is aimed at enriching the humanity of the student rather than helping him "pile up knowledge as if it were gold".
Anton Montsant, Spain, 2010/11
"All I can say is what an absolutely amazing and beautiful journey this past year has been with this course and the magical curriculum that has enabled me to see and act on so much. Now...to keep the momentum going in a harmonious and energetic way.The dialogues and projects brought me in touch with transformative people, issues, and opportunities around the globe, yet my hands were able to focus on where I was most able to give positive form to my experience —the bioregion where I had set root. The collective consciousness formed through the course activities ignited a spark that illuminated a momentum that traveled through the web of participants—each of us acting in concert with renewed energy to heal and celebrate our interdependence with Gaia."
Nicole Brown, USA, 2009/10