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Reports from Gaia Education’s EDE Programmes

Over more than a decade, we have been working in ecovillages, slums, R&D centres, traditional villages, remote islands, major cities – even at the heart of the Amazon.

These reports portray not only the very essence of our Vision, but also give you a great understanding of the transformative nature of our certified Ecovillage Design programmes.

We are happy to announce an impressive satisfaction rate of 95% from participants in the EDE programmes.

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See reports from different regions



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Africa & Middle East


Asia & Oceania

What is an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education programme)?

Change Agents

Ecovillage Design Education programmes, often referred to as ‘EDEs’, take place in 54 countries in settings ranging from tribal and traditional communities to intentional ecovillages, and from urban slums to universities and training centres. The duration of these programmes is around 125 hours over a full month, although this may vary slightly depending on when and where they are taken. The 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.

Become a Gaia Education Certified Trainer

Gaia Education Training of Trainers

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.

Current and Future EDE Programmes

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.