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EDE Gaia Paraná, Brazil

Programme Description

Nhandecy Institute was born after the 1st edition of EDE Gaia PR, in 2011, with the intention of being a place of meeting and practice of thecommunity. Its activities are group-managed and carried out within the four mandalas of sustainability in a self-managed way. The headquarters are in the neighborhood of Mercês in Curitiba in a beautiful corner house with edible landscaping and many spaces where plants and dreams of the community are born.

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.