Reflections on the Auroville Ecovillage Design Education course

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Auroville desk based in Pitchandikulam Forest has just successfully hosted a 5 week Ecovillage Design Education Course running from 4th December 2016 to 7th January 2017!

By Nikethana Venation |

With 35 participants originating from Auroville, its bioregional villages, from SriLanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, South Africa and many countries in Europe, the group was incredibly diverse and rich in age, culture, history and knowledge.

An official UNESCO/GAP contributor, Ecovillage Design Education was specifically designed to enable people and communities coming together to reclaim responsibility for their living situations – at local and regional levels. The EDE is a comprehensive course in the fundamentals of Sustainability Design. It is organised as a mandala that we call the sustainability wheel, encompassing what we perceive to be the four primary interweaving dimensions of human experience – Worldview, Ecological, Social and Economic aspects.

Serena Aurora, an aspiring independent filmmaker, has created a wonderful documentary that explores what an EDE is and shows feedback from the participants.

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