After the success of last year's EDE, The Cité Écologique in Québec, Canada, was proud to host their second EDE, where courses were given in french language. Notre programme en Éducation au Développement d'Écovillages (EDE) a de nouveau été ouvert au public francophone lorsque La Cité Écologique au Québec a tenu sa deuxième série de cours, entre le 8 juillet et le 8 août 2016. Ce parcours d'un mois d'immersion en écovillage a pourvu les étudiants d'un accompagnement optimal lors de la réalisation de leurs initiatives éco-communautaires.
The first EDE in French language was carried out in Canada. Le premier cours francophone en Éducation au Développement d'Écovillages (EDE) du Canada a été offert par le CAP Éco-Communautaire à la Cité Écologique du 10 juillet au 10 août 2015. Cette immersion d'un mois en écovillage a donné la chance aux participants d'être outillés afin de réaliser leurs initiatives éco-communautaires.
The Ecovillage Design Education program at Gaia Ecovillage took place in February 2015. The course was organized in 18 days of theoretical and demonstrative presentations and practices to integrate theory, covering a total of 144 hours. It involved 28 people of different ages from the most varied backgrounds. The Gaia Ecovillage works as an egalitarian community with a consensus systems government and shared economy. It functions primarily as a Living and Learning Center, where people from around the world come to incorporate practical tools clues about Permaculture.
The veteran programme Ecovillage Design Education EDE in El Manzano, Chile, took place in January 2015. There, 19 students from 7 different countries gathered together willing to co-create a course, as well as creating a new temporary community and a new way of learning. Since its inception, the EDE has meant a profound transformation in a time of change. This is an opportunity to learn and unlearn everything in order to get back to the real world reborn.
The EDE programme in Mexico was held at Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage, located deep in the mountains of Tepoztlan. This 14-day course covered the Worldview, Economic, Ecologic and Social dimensions of the EDE curriculum and took a practical hands-on approach in addition to classroom time, discussion, dances and spiritual rituals. All these activities helped the 33 participants not only to plan and design their ecovillage or sustainable gathering, but also to feel connected between one another and with mother nature. Our students left this course highly motivated and determined to use their knowledge and experience to create social and ecological projects.
This grassroots EDE was hosted at Islas del Rosario, Colombia, an Afro-Colombian community that represents 800 people from 120 families. This 3 week course had several local leaders contributing to the course, as well as key facilitators who shared their knowledge on what are the challenges and the best solutions for becoming a traditional ecovillage.
The EDE Gaia Paraná, organized by Instituto Nhandecy, took place from May to August 2014 inParaná, Brazil. The intention of this program was to facilitate within each participant a "deep dive into all their relationships: with oneself, with the other - near or far - with all beings in all dimensions." Organized as a 5 weekend programme, the course was attended by 22 participants aged between 19 and 54 years old and from different professional backgrounds. The challenge and greater learning of the program was the resilience to accept unexpected changes and the patience to allow collective intelligence to emerge.
Between August and November 2014 Cocriare held their second Gaia Youth EDE in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The course was attended by 18 high-school participants ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old, three male and fourteen female. Most of the meetings took place at the Design Tent of the Pontificial Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and at "Casa Alice" and GOMA, a co-working space for young entrepreneurs.
Brazil's 2014 EDE Rio de Janeiro had a class of 45 woman and 12 men, aged between 19 and 60 and coming from various professional backgrounds. The EDE RJ is not an immersive face-to-face experience. Rather, the course rhythm followed a schedule of one dimension for one month - running Thursday thru Sunday for two consecutive weeks and covering 44 hours in total. A one month break separated each dimension. As a complementary request, every participant had to accomplish a 40 hour internship, chosen from among a menu of partner’s institutions the organisers have maintained over the last years.
The 2014 EDE Ecovillage Terra Una was designed in a transdisciplinary shape in four non-consecutive weeks. Each dimension took place before holiday periods, catering to the availability of participants. 73 students participated in the training: 22 men and 51 women from 18 to 67 years old, from very different personal and professional backgrounds. The format of the program allowed students to participate individually in specific dimensions, helping more participation and managing to gather a class from 20 to 30 students in each of the dimensions.
The EDE of Chile took place at the El Manzano Ecoescuela in February 2014. A total of 27 participants, coming from 11 different countries, created a vibrant and eager to learn multicultural group. The course design for sustainability covered the 4 dimensions of the Gaia Education curriculum, spread over 3 weeks in a theoretical and practical program. Facilitation, Dragon Dreaming, Permaculture and the study of alternative economic systems were some of the tools learnt, leading to the design of 4 projects: a school, an ecovillage, a village in transition and a green campus.
The Ecovillage and Sustainable settlements design 14-day course was held at HueHuecoyotl Ecovillage, in the mountains of Teopoztland, a beautiful Mexican town. 23 participants joined the course mainly from Mexico. The learnings of the social dimension encompassed spiritual awakening, guided by Alberto Ruiz. The ecological dimension was managed by Odin Ruiz and Juan Casillas around permaculture design and practice.
Between September and November 2013, Cocriare held a pilot Gaia Youth EDE in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The course was attended by 20 participants, from 13 to 25 years old. The programme was divided into 56 hours of theoretical and practical lessons, holistic design processes and 20 hours of practical community living training at the El Nagual Ecovillage. During that time he youth created a strong bond of friendship and fellowship.
EDE Argentina 2013 Between July and October 2013, Espacio Eco organized the first EDE in Argentina, Buenos Aires. The course was attended by participants from different provinces of Argentina, like Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Entre Rios, and members from foreign countries, like Uruguay and Colombia.
Terra Una EDE 2013, their 4th consecutive EDE, took place between February and July 2013 in 4 non-consecutive, 9 day residential programmes. Located close to nature within the APA of the Mantiqueira Mountains in Minas Gerais, the ecovillage has been consolidated as a transdisciplinary educational center, spreading a model of sustainable lifestyle & living, working in collaboration with local, bio-regional, national and international networks.
Dancing Rabbit EDE 2013 was the first to be held at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Organised by Ecovillage Education US, this comprehensive, reflective report covers the incredible journey of its 10 particants from 6 countries who immersed themselves in natural building, food preservation and conflict resolution which are but a few subjects visited over their deep journey together over 37 days.
Gaia Brasilia 2012/2013 is rooted in the center of power of Brazil and has demonstrated its uniquesness by its activism and sense of cooperation. The EDE lasted 9 months, starting in July 2012 and ending in March 2013. The host organization was Instituto Teosofico de Brasilia and the main partners were Catholic University of Brasilia, Botanical Gardens of Brasilia and UNIPAZ.
EDE Rio De Janeiro 2012, the fourth EDE to be hosted in Brazil's carnival capital, was held between August and December 2012. Organised by Terra UNA with support from AMOGAIA - the EDE Alumni network in Rio - the class was attended by 70 participants from various Brazilian states and two foreign countries.
The first EDE in Parana took place in Curitiba, in the period from March to August 2011. The group began with 41 participants and finished with 35, of which 28 received the certification. The group of 35 people was formed by 16 women and 19 men, with various age range professional and specialisation areas.
In early 2005, the Municipal Secretariat for Environment suggested giving the Brazillian City of São Paulo an open university to broaden sensitivity and enable society to deal properly with the benefits and risks inherent to social and environmental relations within the City. UMAPAZ - Open University for Environment and Culture of Peace - is the result of this vision. This report reflects on the activities & evolution of UMAPAZ between 2005 & 2012, including coverage of the EDEs run by UMAPAZ in São Paulo during this period.