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Wandelreise EDE

Ecovillage Design Education

Programme Description

What is a good life?

Our academy is a holistic lifelong learning place for the vivid exploration of this question. Together we develop practical and sustainable answers to the global challenges of our time. This open learning workshop is embedded in a community that lives permanently on site.

Here people have the opportunity to develop their personal potentials and to test their visions in practice. They are supported by mentors. At the same time, living in community promotes self-reflection and the development of an authentic and responsible personality.

We fill the Academy with faculties full of inspiring practices, technologies and know-how for social transformation to the good life for all. In the areas of people, culture, ecology, technology and systems, we build productive and public welfare-oriented businesses that strengthen sustainable economic cycles and make the region more sustainable.

Within our community, we build common-good-oriented companies in five specialist areas (human, ecology, technology, culture, systems). In the department of ecology for example: are we about to set up a regenerative agriculture-farm. All 5 domains together are the most holistic approach to transformational education and research we could think of. They are strongly interconnected and their common aim is to further develop sustainable solutions for global challenges, together with universities and research institutes.

All 5 departments are complemented by modules from the three basic areas of the academy (system-analysis, community-building and potential-development). These 3 areas support new students when they enter the academy to find their own gifts and unfold them in the context of our global challenges. By assuming concrete responsibility and carrying out their own research projects in one of the departments, people can develop their potential in a meaningful context.

The course deepens the existing Ecovillage Design Education curriculum through a continuous, consistent learning process that emphasises inner cultivation as a foundation of integrated learning across all modules. This embodied learning is grounded in experience through connection of head, heart, hands and spirit together, and is an essential ingredient for fostering new paradigm leadership as it facilitates the shifting of consciousness in tangible ways.

The space and length of the training also offers a unique opportunity for participants to practice and experiment with community building and self governance, utilising the skills learnt throughout the program, especially decision making and tools for working with social dynamics. The learning community becomes a site of exploration and experimentation of new forms of power-sharing and participation, and providing space for participants to step into and explore new roles and patterns of living that they can take back with them, to continue their own cultivation.

Through self-governance, participants take responsibility and contribute to the co-creation of the learning process itself. Modules are presented as part of 5 learning dimensions, yet there is a continual weaving of all dimensions throughout the course that allows participants to continually integrate and embody their experiences.


Worldview Dimension – Self-discovery, Healing and Cultural Integrity

Meditative practices, morning practices, yoga, ceremonies, body work, creativity room, our own forest for nature reconnection

Social Dimension

NVC, decision making, possibility mangement,
encounter, sociocracy, forum, contact improvisation, dancing, rituals, singing circles, Integral-Life-Practice, potential development, emotional work

Ecological Dimension – Ecology and Design

Composting toilets, agroforestry, permaculture garden, community supported agriculture CSA, holistic pasture management, trying to establish renewable energy resources as soon as possible and maybe even with the participants of the Wandelreise.

Economic Dimension

Cottage industries, gifting circles, rounds of bidding for food and rent, common-good-oriented companies in five specialist areas (human, ecology, technology, culture, systems), common economy within the community Academy for applied good life, CSA

Current and 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 slums 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 participants of all ages with the knowledge and practical skills 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

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.