Maurizio Spinello: The Story
In a village of just 11 inhabitant’s Maurizio Spinello was labelled ‘crazy’ when in 1999 he decided to open a bakery. From the 1960’s, the village of Santa Rita had become a ghost town as people slowly migrated outwards to find work elsewhere, but this did not deter Maurizio who, with a bank loan set up his micro-bakery and who’s gourmet bread is now considered the ‘best in Sicily’ and sought after throughout Italy.
His first approach was to sell to a chain of supermarkets and…
Sicilia Integra: Restoring the Local Communities
Sicilia Integra is a beautiful reflection of how a project which seems to have a very direct set of objectives, actually weaves an intricate tapestry of interconnectedness. A project that set out to ease the integration of migrants into a new life is also contributing to the restoration of local communities and supporting restorative and organic agriculture. Now, with the soon to be launched Grani di Gaia, the project participants will also be responsible for the creation of new economic opp…
Letting the World Know About our Excellent Work!
by Daniel Christian Wahl
As many of you know, I recently published ‘Designing Regenerative Cultures’, a book that took me more than a decade to write and which I always aimed to be “a work that works”. This alchemical touchstone idea holds the intention that the book would leave the reader somehow transformed after reading it. I am not sure whether I achieved this high aim, but the reviews that have been coming in from different corners of the world and from many of my most important me…
Ecovillages Strategies in Areas of Crisis
by Leila Dregger
Natural disasters triggered by climate change are responsible for more than 150,000 deaths every year and force millions of people to abandon their homes and communities to seek refuge elsewhere.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that there will be 150 million environmental refugees by 2050. Up to 250 million people in Africa are projected to suffer from water and food insecurity in the 21st century.
Today, as more and more Syrian refugees trav…
The first Korean Ecovillage Design Education to be held in a Forest School
Preparations are taking place for the first EDE in Korea to be held at the Gandhi Alternative School Soupsok Forest Village, South Korea.
The course organised by an enthusiastic group of NextGEN young Koreans aims to strengthen international solidarity and to restore the connection between community and the spirit of nature.
Designing Regenerative Cultures invites us to co-create thriving communities
by Dr Daniel Wahl
The short answer to why we should aim to create regenerative cultures together is simple.
Choosing the path of regeneration and cooperation will create a greater level of wellbeing, health, happiness, and equality for everyone and all life; and in the process of co-creating a better future together, our lives will be more meaningful, fulfilling, creative and fun. Local and global collaboration in the creation of regenerative communities, enterprises, economies and culture…
Experiências evolutivas potencializadas pelo contexto urbano do Gaia Education do Rio/Brasil
by Emmanuel Khodja
O Brasil tem sido um dos campos mais férteis para o Gaia Education se manifestar em suas mais diversas formas.
O formato original dos EDEs – cursos imersivos em ecovilas e comunidades intencionais – tem divido a cena brasileira com uma diversidade de outros formatos, como os programas extensivos em áreas urbanas, programas para jovens, para escolas e professores, junto a universidades, nas favelas, em ambiente online e outros mais.
No ano de 2016, o programa realizado …
How Organic Food Production is Transforming Lives in Bangladesh
Jharna Mondol and her family used to be very familiar with living hand-to-mouth in East Khejuriya village, using their land to grow as much vegetables for the family’s use, but often had to rely on expensive additional produce from the local market.
In 2013 Jharna was invited to join the “Building Capacity and Empowering Communities” (BCEC) project and trained in Permaculture Design. Since then, she started her own organic garden and vermiculture, in addition to cultivating fi…
What to Expect from our Economic Design Dimension
The revised version of the Economic Design dimension of Gaia Education’s Design for Sustainability course is among the most comprehensive and in depth online course on the emerging paradigm of regenerative economics.
This updated version (2016) builds upon the work of Jonathan Dawson, now Head of Economics of Transition at Schumacher College, and has been revised and expanded significantly by the new principal co-author Daniel Christian Wahl (Gaia Education). It includes all the exciting re…
Migrants: Municipality of Catania and Gaia Education sign MoU “Sicilia Integra”
Migranti: Comune e Gaia Education firmano protocollo “Sicilia Integra” Un progetto, che coinvolge anche l’Università, per l’integrazione attraverso attività di formazione all’agricoltura sostenibile da attuare in Sicilia e esportare poi nei Paesi di provenienza. Il sindaco Bianco “Catania si apre alla fase della seconda accoglienza che comporta da una parte una dignitosa inclusione e dall’altra indubbie ricadute positive sul territorio”. May East, “Le indicazioni degli organismi internaziona…