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EDE Farsi, Iran

Programme Description

This course is a continuation of the EDE in Iran and a collaborative programme between Youth Link in Auroville and Trees for Hope to offer training to Farsi speaking participants from Iran and Afghanistan as well as internationally. Our curriculum covers all the four dimensions of the EDE training in an integrated day-to-day schedule. The setting of the training, Auroville one of the world’s largest and oldest intentional communities, offers us a direct experience of living in an ecovillage. We will visit organic farms, reforested landscape of dry evergreen forests, and community enterprises. We will have opportunities to speak with Auroville residents directly and learn from their experiences as well as share our own knowledge and wisdom.

Auroville was founded in 1968 by the Mother Mirra Alphassa, who was inspired by Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy on an integral yoga – the idea that “all life is yoga”. Auroville is a lush green campus located near the east coast, near Puducherry city and about 2-3 hours from Chennai metropolis. Auroville today has over 2700 residents and has reached its 50th anniversary in February 2018.

The participants of this course will have opportunities to interact with the unique gifts Auroville has to offer, such as the Ayurvedic and herbal medicine, rammed earth buildings, zero waste projects, while eating at the solar kitchen and working at the tree nursery. One of the design studios of this course will be on Soil Alchemy, or how to create a nation-wide compost making project. We welcome lively interactions between the participants, trainers, local community members, nature spirits, and all concerned for our sustainable planet.

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.