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O.U.R. Ecovillage, Canada

Programme Description

This 5-week Ecovillage Design Education(EDE) programme includes the entire curriculum of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) and Earth Activist Training (EAT) in the first 17 days with Starhawk and Charles Williams, which will be followed by 17 days of curriculum to complete the EDE. The second phase will be led by O.U.R. Ecovillage founder Brandy Gallagher who is an ecovillage designer specializing on legal and regulatory processes, policy framework, and therapeutic community development.

This EDE programme is for you if you are:

  • a change agent / facilitator of cultural capacity building for resilient and regenerative living
  • looking for University transfer level of credits to your home university
  • a professional working in the fields of climate change, transition town/city planning, sustainability metrics analysis, etc.
  • a community stakeholder who is invested in bringing together your rural or urban bio-regional project
  • someone who believes in designing solutions for transformational learning/living as the possibility to lead the world into the future we all hope for.
  • Wanting certificates for the EDE and PDC/EAT

Programme Details


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.

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.