Gaia Education carries out programmes around the planet. Our face-to-face EDEs emerge from small ecovillages in northern Scotland to the depths of jungles in Brazil, and our online community engages students in the wonders of e-learning globally, untied to time and place.

Participants become sustainability designers, taking active roles in transitioning their existing communities, institutions and neighbourhoods, to more sustainable patterns of production and consumption, as well as leading more joyful, meaningful and healthier lives.

On this page you can find the outcomes of the many projects our students have undertaken in the past. Feel free to flip through the descriptions and download the ones that interest you the most.

Latest Case Studies

Un diseño bioregional para la prosperidad comunitaria en tiempos inciertos

Gaia Education hosts many sustainability education online courses and is offering the introductory 'Sustainability Design Panorama' for free to all people affected by the current crisis.
20th March 2020/by Nuvaquahu

Terra Alta Regional Hub

Terra Alta is located in the bioregion of Sintra, Portugal, near Cabo da Roca which is the westerly point of continental Europe. The region has a Mediterranean climate with moderate temperature and wet winters. Due to the natural landscape of the Sintra Mountain, a ten kilometre long granite massif, the influence from the Atlantic Ocean and the establishment of many parks full of foliar rich botanical diversity, the region developed its own particular micro-climate which is characterised by higher precipitation and humidity. This condition in turn favours the growth of a diverse matt of forest including many Atlantic and Mediterranean species such as Pyrenean oak, Cork oak, maple, hazel, chestnut, ash, alder and various cedar species. Terra Alta is about 2 hectares large and lies in a valley 500m away from the sea near Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe. It is divided into two properties, the first piece purchased in 2010 by Rita and Pedro and the other one in 2011 by Henrik who joined the project.
19th February 2020/by Pedro Pedrosa

Yelema Project

Bergsee Camp is currently a traditional holiday campground of 8800 m2 in N. Central Germany, not far from the city of Göttingen and the fabled Harz Mountains, a picturesque area of medieval villages with half-timbered houses. The campground, created next to a lake in the 1960s, has been in the Giesecke family since its inception. Today, Johanna Giesecke and her family have undertaken to turn the property into a sustainable and inspiring holiday experience, with the larger goal to make Bergsee Camp into a regional hub for a new, regenerative way of living in harmony with society and with the environment.
19th February 2020/by Pedro Pedrosa

Bergsee Camp

Bergsee Camp is currently a traditional holiday campground of 8800 m2 in N. Central Germany, not far from the city of Göttingen and the fabled Harz Mountains, a picturesque area of medieval villages with half-timbered houses. The campground, created next to a lake in the 1960s, has been in the Giesecke family since its inception. Today, Johanna Giesecke and her family have undertaken to turn the property into a sustainable and inspiring holiday experience, with the larger goal to make Bergsee Camp into a regional hub for a new, regenerative way of living in harmony with society and with the environment.
19th February 2020/by Pedro Pedrosa

Mangwende Orphan Care Trust

Economic, social and environmental issues are interlinked and so require a common worldview to tackle them in an integrated way in order to address the questions of climate change and sustainability so that the needs of individuals, communities and the planet are met without compromising the conditions of survival for present and future life.
19th February 2020/by Pedro Pedrosa

Sipapu

Sipapu is the natural progression of Ayni Foundation’s work. Handover of the land in November 2017 from its previous owner, internationally renowned exponent of the Mesa Tradition of Peruvian shamanism, Oscar Miro-Quesada2, was conditional upon our continuation and development of the project as a living storehouse of deep ecological and shamanic knowledge, conservation of the land, and participation in the global transformation of human consciousness.
30th December 2019/by Pedro Pedrosa
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Gaia Education Design For Sustainability (GEDS)

Design for Sustainability

Gaia Education’s online programme Design for Sustainability  provides participants with whole systems design skills, analytical abilities and a wide range of methods and practical tools to support the redesign of the human presence on Earth, one local community and bioregion at a time.

Receive a Certificate of Completion for Design for Sustainability and contribute to the emergence of diverse regenerative cultures.