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International EDE, Thailand

Programme Description

Gaia Ashram is a learning center and a small community started in 2013. The founders were alumni of other EDEs and have been using the knowledge they learned from their EDE programmes to design and develop the Gaia Ashram project. Since the beginning, Gaia Ashram have hosted two Certified Ecovillage Design Education courses in which the main target groups were youth from Asia & Oceania.

This International Ecovillage Design Education is widely open for international participants. The programme follows the Ecovillage Design Education curriculum and intends to bring in a lot of wisdom from a long and strong rooted history of the sustainability movement in Thailand, to share with participants.

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 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.