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Training of Trainers in Canada

  • Full Training of Trainers:

    SDG Training only: 18-24 April 2020

  • Facilitated by: Giovanni Ciarlo & Jane Rasbash

    With May East via web

Training of Trainers

Gaia Education’s Training of Trainers (ToT) is answering an international demand for more well-qualified educators and facilitators able to conduct our worldwide programmes. We joined forces with UNESCO Global Action Programme Priority Area 5 – Accelerating Change at Local Level, and are embarking on a path of expansion that calls for qualified trainers who can build capacity for the implementation of the SDGs at local level.

The participants will be equipped with the skills and methodologies to facilitate transformative learning environments and host multi-stakeholder conversations that enable collaborative action. The aim is to help you deepen your experience in how to teach, facilitate and train people by enabling participation among a community of learners. We hope to support and inspire you to know what you are most deeply called to teach, and why this kind of education is so critically important for the future of life on Earth.

ToT graduates

Learning Outcomes

During the Training of Trainers, the participants will:

  • develop core skills of participatory facilitation and learning

  • gain confidence in holding groups and building resilient learning communities

  • facilitate participant engagement in critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making in contexts that are personally relevant to them

  • decode UN conventions from concept to transformative action

  • unleash the creativity inherent in edge work

  • receive a training on the Sustainable Development Goals

Course Content

The Training of Trainers is built upon three pillars:

Discussing the SDGs with the Flashcards

SDGs – Negotiating Tensions between Global and Local

The world is marked by a strong and creative tension. It is a tension between what is global and what is local. The global face is powerful, and seeking to be more so. But a tide is rising, steadily reinforcing the local, resulting in an increasing ‘Glocalisation’ as the global and local converge. This module will teach edge workers and facilitators how to navigate between the two spheres in language, ethics and implementation. It will support participants to decode relevant UN conventions into meaningful frameworks for transformative action at the local level. Topics include SDGs vertical integration, UNESCO Global Action Programme Priorities Areas, and how to translate Global Climate Agreements into action through behaviour and life style changes.

Sanctuary and labyrinth at O.U.R. Ecovillage

Facilitating Participatory Learning Journeys

The aim of this module is for facilitators to gain the necessary skills and confidence to teach the four dimensions of sustainability in ways that support participants to empower themselves both inwardly and outwardly. These future facilitators will be expected to have knowledge in the areas they plan to teach and this module will prepare them to teach this material in a way that builds a learning community and draws deeply from the group with which they are working. Participants will ride a dynamic balance of meditation practice, experimenting with facilitation and clarifying principles to navigate a holistic educational experience. There will also be ample time for facilitation practice where all participants will gain confidence in using participatory learning tools by taking the lead in assigned sessions.

Hike to Baldy Mountain, BC

Deepening the Edge Work

The edge is the meeting point between the known and the unknown, between something being too well known, which makes it boring to us, and too unknown, which makes it confusing. The edge is a zone of high intensity, instability, creativity and innovation. Just as it is possible, through the design of ecological sustainable systems, to increase diversity and life by maximising the edges between neighboring biological communities, so it is possible to create a larger edge effect in community development thereby maximising its benefit to the society as a whole. This module will position Gaia Trainers as maximisers of edges between different communities with differing modes of operation, power structures, cultures, physical environments and worldviews. It will equip trainers with the skilful means to adapt to multiple scenarios and situations and ultimately thrive and help others thrive through creativity and playing for collaborative advantage.

SDG Training of Multipliers

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Training is a two-day course which can be taken as a stand-alone training. This interactive course invites participants to discuss the implementation of the SDGs at the global and local levels. It is a question-centred training, designed to further SDGs education and engage local communities in a process that will turn the SDGs into meaningful projects that are locally relevant and collaboratively implemented by the communities themselves.

This training is designed to build the capacity of participants to become Multipliers – facilitators of vitally important conversations who can replicate and organise their own SDG Training of Multipliers. The goal is to create a ripple effect and multiply the implementation of the SDGs. In this training participants learn an easily replicable process to facilitate more of these conversations themselves in the future, with the SDG Flashcards and the SDG Multipliers Handbook as useful guidance tools to support the process.

The Training of Trainers includes a SDG Training of Multipliers. You can choose to register for the two-day SDG Training only. Please note that if you wish to become a Gaia Education Certified Trainer, you must attend the full Training of Trainers and not only the SDG Training. Read more about the SDG Training

SDG Training

Collaborative games at O.U.R. Ecovillage

What You Will Receive

Become a Certified Trainer

There is no minimum requirement for anyone to participate in a Training of Trainers. However, the Training of Trainers is part of a learning journey to become a Gaia Education Certified Trainer. To become a Certified Trainer, the journey consists of three steps, you can complete in any order:

  1. Participate in an Ecovillage Design Education
  2. Take the Design for Sustainability online course in the area you want to teach
  3. Take part in a Training of Trainers

You should have significant experience in the dimension you would like to teach. An interview will ascertain suitability to be certified and included on the Gaia Education Roster of Trainers or specify additional steps required to fulfil this.

Becoming certified trainers


The Training of Trainers course is content rich, action-based, and led by our most experienced facilitators. The ToT in Canada will be facilitated by trainers that have decades of experience in their role as facilitators of positive change.

May East

May East – Via Web

O.U.R. Ecovillage

O.U.R. (One United Resource) Ecovillage is a sustainable learning centre and demonstration site which focuses on ecological ways of living involving Permaculture design. Located on an extraordinary 25 acres near Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, O.U.R. Ecovillage began operations in 1999 with a vision to create a model demonstration sustainable village community rooted in social, ecological, and economic well being. O.U.R. Ecovillage is a sacred space where permanent residents and short-term visitors co-create sustainable community.

May dance at O.U.R. Ecovillage


Labyrinth at O.U.R. Ecovillage

Building in woods and garden with circles of pebbles

The tuition prices for the programme are as follows:

  • Full Training of Trainers with accommodation and food, 18  – 24 April 2020,  884/ 792GBP
    The lower fee (approx $1,300 CAD) is minimum for us to provide the course.
    The higher fee (approx $1,450 CAD) supports scholarships for others to attend.
  • Sustainable Development Goals Training,  18-19 April 2020, £195 GBP (approx $320 CAD)

When booking your place you will also have the chance to buy a set of SDG Flashcards (18 GBP), that is the toll will be used in the SDG Training.

The course will start on 17 April at 9:30 am and finish on 24 April before 3 pm. Participants are advised to arrive on April 16 evening and stay overnight.

In order to make your registration, your information will be shared with the host partner – O.U.R. Ecovillage. Gaia Education’s Cancellation and privacy policy

Raise Awareness of the SDGs

Discover the new SDG Multipliers Handbook

The purpose of this SDG Multiplier’s Handbook is to support the participants of the Training of Multipliers in the process of stepping forward to act as multipliers and to offer a training themselves.

The highly interactive process invites participants to engage in constructive conversations about the local relevance of the 17 SDG based on a set of flashcards designed to help structure small group dialogues.

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