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EDE Findhorn, Scotland

Programme Description

We warmly welcome you to join this comprehensive training, based in The Park ecovillage and Findhorn Foundation community.

All the tools you need to take action – in one course!

The Findhorn EDE provides a forum for learning and developing skills needed to work effectively with cultural change on many levels – including facilitation practice, personal development skills, practical design theory and its application.

We place an emphasis on design tools & skills applied through an action learning design team experience. This design team format provides you with an opportunity to develop your design, facilitation and collaboration skills. Sociocracy, the organisational structure and design-making method gaining popularity in communities and social enterprise is embedded in the course to give you an opportunity to practice that too.

Explored throughout the course are the interdependent dimensions of Social, Ecological, Economic and Worldview – the Four Pillars of Sustainability in Gaia Education. They provide a comprehensive overview of leading edge thinking and practice, promoting regenerative sustainable futures.


Strengths of this course: Class A teachers; Comprehensive and cohesive content; Combination of practice and theory – most of the time; Moving the soul, inspiring the spirit and grounding the physical; Connecting personal growth with world needs… From the first moment being addressed as designers.


I found this course to be… Exciting, broad, insightful, fun, with an excellent range of learning methods used; I now understand sustainability in the context of the social, economic and spiritual perspectives as well as the ecological.


Programme Details

  • Training dates: 6 Oct to 9 Nov 2018

  • Country: Scotland

  • Course language: English

  • Lead faculty and weaver: Ariane Burgess

    with contributions from many experienced practitioners in the Findhorn community

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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 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 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.