If you have dived into the depths of our immersive Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) Face-to-Face programme at a community somewhere in the world, you will know it was a life-altering experience. Through it, many have found deeper purpose and meaning, and even sought to make more of a difference in their community through their life's work. Others have seen and learnt things that moved them to the extent that they simply wished to become more effective world workers. This is also true for those who have studied our online Design for Sustainability (GEDS) programme and deepened their study of the four dimensions of sustainable community design.
What all our students share, is a hunger to find a place and space to act as agents for positive change. Many have wished to create their own Gaia Education inspired workshops, facilitate meetings, inspire or become social entrepreneurs and much more. Yet, we know many who do not feel confident enough to deliver our programme content to diverse and sometimes challenging audiences. This is about to change. You are about to change, as you receive all the necessary tools to become a Gaia Education Certified Trainer.
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 43 countries. Recently, Gaia Education has 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 with what you may want to teach and most importantly, with why this kind of education is so critically important for the future of life on Earth.
Our new Gaia Education Training of Trainers is built upon these 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, as well as, how to translate global Climate Agreements into action and 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 they are working with. Participants will ride a dynamic balance of meditation practice, experimenting with facilitation and clarifying principles to go through 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 maximizing 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 skillful means to adapt to multiple scenarios and situations and ultimately thrive and help others thrive through creativity and playing for collaborative advantage.
What You Will Receive
- Full tutorial support to go through the course and achieve all the learning outcomes
- Expanded Teachers’ Manual (digital)
- Gaia Youth Activities Guide (digital)
- Completion of Course Certificate
- Additional discount if taking GEDS online courses
- A pathway to joining the Gaia Education Certificated Trainers' Roster
- Fast-track Face-to-Face course certification
How to Become a Certified Trainer
Taking the ToT is part of the Gaia Education learning journey and brings you one step closer to becoming a certified trainer. The minimum requirement to be certified is to complete the following:
- Attend a Gaia Education Certified Face-to-Face Ecovillage Design Education programme (EDE)
- Complete the minimum of one dimension of the Gaia Education Design for Sustainability (GEDS) online course, focusing on the area you want to teach
- Attend the Gaia Education Training of Trainers (ToT) course
- Pass an interview during the Gaia Education ToT. This will ascertain your suitability to be certified and included on the Gaia Education Certificated Trainers' Roster or determine any additional steps required to fulfill this
Maintaining the Certificated Trainer Status
A Certified Trainer is involved in a continuous process of emergence, active engagement, innovation and development. Following are the requirements to maintain certificated trainer status:
- Must keep up-to-date information on the Trainers directory
- Regularly contribute articles, exchange ideas, and share relevant information with the Global Ecovillage Educators for a Sustainable Earth (GEESE) and through other Gaia Education communication channels
- Have a consistent and positive facilitator evaluation from students and organisers
- Should have facilitated at least one Gaia Education certified Face-to-Face programme within two years of receiving their certification
Upcoming ToT Programmes