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EDE Damanhur, Italy

Programme Description

Come spend a month in close contact with one of the world’s most successful communities: Damanhur has been a centre for spiritual, artistic and social research since 1975 and is renowned throughout the world for the temples of Humankind, an underground work of art, completely realised by hand.

Goals of the course

  • Social tools for leadership, participatory decision making, group building, conflict solving…
  • A holistic education in the four dimensions of sustainability
  • Exploring solutions and experiencing effective models to transform society
  • Experiencing a visionary community in “real life”, that has been existing and transforming for 42 years
  • Transmitting design and implementation skills for effective projects
  • Ecological knowledge and practise from permaculture, green building to renewables
  • Developing an artistic approach to life
  • Exploring the importance of spirituality and creating sacred space in building new societies

Programme Details


Current & Future EDE Programmes

What is an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education programme)?

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Ecovillage Design Education programmes, often referred to as ‘EDEs’, take place in more than 48 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 students of all ages with the knowledge and practical skills on how to design a society which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste.

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.