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EDE Programmes

Ecovillage Design Education programmes, often referred to as ‘EDEs’, provide participants of all ages with the knowledge and practical skills to design a society which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste.

Our immersive Face-to-Face programmes are known to have transformed lives. Previous participants have become agents of positive culture change in their communities and regional economies, they’ve co-created social enterprises and cooperatives, started community projects and became trainers for sustainability themselves – to name only a few paths you can take afterwards. The course will equip you with skills and knowledge you will be able to put into action in any field or sector you are involved with.

Participants become change agents and 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, more meaningful and healthier lives.

What You Study

EDE programmes are based on the four core dimensions of Gaia Education’s Ecovillage Design Curriculum: the SocialWorldviewEcological and Economic dimensions of sustainability.

The Curriculum was developed drawing on the experience and expertise developed throughout a network of some of the most successful ecovillages and transition settings around the world.

Our Presence in the World

  • Programmes in 54 countries around the world

  • We have more than 22,000 students globally

  • More than 350 EDE programmes in the world

  • We have 110 host sites in the world

Since 2006, Gaia Education has successfully supported the delivery of more than 350 programmes in 54 countries over six continents, reaching over 22,000 students. Our EDEs have been offered in settings ranging from tribal and traditional communities to intentional ecovillages, from urban slums to universities and training centres.

The duration of these programmes are around 125 hours over a full month, or 20 immersion, although this may vary slightly depending on where and when they are taken. Please have a look at the Current Programmes page to find out more about the current EDE programmes taking place worldwide.

Interested in becoming one of Gaia Education’s EDE host sites? See how to certify a programme here.

See current and future EDE programmes here

EDE Gaia Academy, Estonia

Training dates: 25 January - 25 July 2020
Course language: Estonian and English
24th April 2019/by Eloïse

EDE Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Training dates: Postponed due to Covid-19
Course language: Portuguese
25th April 2019/by Saskia Rodrigues

EDE Unipaz, Brazil

Training dates: Postponed due to Covid-19
Course language: Portuguese
26th April 2019/by

EDE Findhorn, Scotland

Training dates: 6 June-3 July 2020
Course language: English
28th April 2019/by Saskia Rodrigues

EDE Chiapas, Mexico

Training dates: 07 July 2019 to 19 April 2020
Course language: Spanish
2nd May 2019/by

Dutch EDE, Netherlands

Training dates: 3 - 31 July 2020
Course language: English
23rd May 2019/by

O.U.R. Ecovillage, Canada

Training dates: 17 July - 2 August 2020
Course languages: English
30th May 2019/by Pedro Pedrosa

EDE Damanhur, Italy

Training dates: 1 - 29 August 2020
Course language: English
15th October 2019/by

EDE Schloss Tonndorf, Germany

Training dates: 30 Aug - 26 September 2020
Course language: English
9th June 2020/by Saskia Rodrigues

Wandelreise, Germany

Training dates: 1 Sep 2019 to 21 June 2020
Course language: German
9th June 2020/by Saskia Rodrigues

EDE Lost Valley, USA

Training dates: 31 August - 20 November 2020
Course language: English
10th June 2020/by Eloïse

EDE Schloss Glarisegg, Switzerland

Training dates: 18 January - 20 February 2021
Course language: English
10th June 2020/by

How to run an EDE

Run a EDE Programme

Several of our EDE graduates have carried on organising EDE programmes in their local areas, and you are warmly encouraged to do so after completing your course.

The recommended time frame of an EDE is four weeks, however this is not fixed and varies with each individual programme.

The material can be condensed into smaller workshops, spread out over a longer period, or distributed in blocks at different times and locations.

EDE Organisers

Past EDE programmes

Programme reports

What they have done in the past

Over 22,000 participants have joined the EDEs worldwide and we are happy to announce an impressive satisfaction rate of 95%.

To hear directly from them about their experiences, and for further information about past EDEs around the world, please visit our Reports page.