See programme reports for the certified Ecovillage Design Programmes held in Asia & Oceania and read about the different sustainability projects here.
EDE Report: NextGENOA
This course is co-organised and supported by NextGENOA and GENOA, and was held at Gaia Ashram in Thailand. Gaia Ashram was founded in 2013 by a couple who were EDE alumni and inspired to create Gaia Ashram using ecovillage design skills to design the Gaia Ashram project. Apart from learning the content from facilitators in the class, participants also learn from Gaia Ashram as a case study. The program was taught by four main facilitators and six guest teachers. The group joined daily in chore tasks with the Gaia Ashram community to connect and take responsibility for the community together.
The Comm4unity (EDE) courses are organized by YouthLink in Auroville, South India. Auroville was founded in 1968 based on the philosophy of integral living by Sri Aurobindo and ‘the Mother,’ Mira Alfassa. Auroville is one of the biggest intentional communities in the world, with over 2700 residents. YouthLink is an organization run by young adults in Auroville who have set up a platform to support youth integration and empowerment in the community. YouthLink also provides a space for the sharing of Auroville ideals and spirit with young adults from the world at large.
Siddharth Village EDE led by THREAD, guided a group of international participants in an intense self-discovery process while providing a variety of hands-on activities. In the Ecological Design week participants were introduced to permaculture ethics and principles, nutrition cycle, food security, seed saving, water harvesting, soil composition, nature’s patterns and zoning. Students learned how to make biochar to add moisture to dry soils and how to apply different types of compost such as liquid manure, fish tonic and compost pile to improve production and repel insects. Participants were introduced to traditional methods of mud brick construction and built two domes as a space for celebrations and community sharing.
Back to Basics Design Education, India: Annual Report
Back to Basics Design Education course, a pilot project first started in India, began at Siddharth Village School in 2014. The most recent BBDE included 59 students and emphasised experimential learning. The programme enables children to face different situations particularly during teenage years and prepares them for future challenges. This report gives an account of the programmes running between 16 June 2015 and 31 March 2016.
This course was intended to be an experimental programme to promote sustainable living in the fields of organic food production, holistic health, building green, conflict facilitation, communication and networking, and sustainable economy in Myanmar society. The EDE introductory course was organised by Alinein Organisation (House of Wisdom) at Hmawbi Township. The teaching team were from Gaia Sustainable Management Institute (GSMI), and the exchange programme was held by the Kalyana Mitta Foundation. The course had 19 participants in total (6 females, 13 males) coming from different parts of Myanmar, and the majority were from the middle section of the country – Hmawbi Township, Yangon Division.
What is an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education programme)?
Ecovillage Design Education programmes, often referred to as ‘EDEs’, take place in 50 countries in settings ranging from tribal and traditional communities to intentional ecovillages, from urban slum to universities and training centres. The duration of these programmes are around 125 hours over a full month, although this may vary slightly depending on where and when 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.