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EDE Rio do Sul, Brazil

Programme Description

The call for the EDE was to bring Gaia’s energy into the countryside of the state. The meetings will take place in different places, anchoring energy in various ways, such as in the Botanical Garden of Lajeado for the Social Dimension, Mercur’s social innovation laboratory in the economic dimension, Rincão Gaia Foundation (José Lutzembeger legacy) for Ecological Dimension, and the Law Institute of Time in the Woldview Dimension. Our intention is that the Gaia process will be strengthened even more with the energy of these places that will host our meetings and that our community will expand to the confines of Rio Grande do Sul.

  • Social Dimension: 13, 14 e 15 April – Where: Jardim Botânico na cidade de Lajeado;
  • Ecological Dimension: 4, 5 e 6 May – Where: Fundação Rincão Gaia na cidade de Rio Pardo;
  • Practice in Community: 1, 2 e 3 June – Where: Jardim Botânico na cidade de Lajeado;
  • Economic Dimension: 6, 7 e 8 July – Where: Laboratório de Inovação Social na cidade de Santa Cruz do Sul;
  • Worldviwe Dimension: 3, 4 e 5 August – Where: Instituto Lei do Tempo na cidade de Canela;
  • Comunidade de Prática: 31 August 1 e 2 September; Where: to be decided in group
  • 4 Dimension mandala: 5, 6 e 7 October; Where: Instituto Lei do Tempo na cidade de Canela.



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.