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Dutch EDE, Netherlands

Programme Description

This EDE has:
• Lots of hands-on work!
• GEN tool for ecovillages included
• Low budget prices
• Two days living village festival included
• Possibility to include GEN conference

The Algoed Estate is an outdoor community center. The estate is located in the beautiful Dutch rural area Twekkelo, near the cities of Hengelo and Enschede. People live and work together at Landgoed AlGoed. It is managed by four people who also live on the estate. In addition, fifty volunteers work in the garden, in the kitchen, and with several activities. Landgoed AlGoed has its own forest, permaculture vegetable garden, meadows and wooded banks framed with streams. It forms a welcome meeting place in the middle of nature. This environment gives room for personal growth and awareness, space to rediscover your original self and also space to just be. The foundation organizes, supports, and initiates activities that invite people to (re) connect with nature and with who they really are. They have the motto; ‘to inspire, connect and grow’. The way to do this is by working together, developing ideas and learning from each other. The Foundation finds it’s important that people feel at home, and that volunteers can develop themselves and grow in what they are good at and want in life.

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Programme Details

  • Training dates: 3 - 31 July 2020

  • Course language: English

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Current & Future EDE Programmes

What is an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education programme)?

Change Agents

Ecovillage Design Education programmes, often referred to as ‘EDEs’, take place in more than 43 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.

Students 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, meaningful and healthier lives.

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.