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Course focus: Ecovillage Design / Ecological Living


Ecovillage Design Education with the Global Ecovillage Network


Mar 4 to Jul 23, 2023



Are you ready to begin designing thriving communities and societies that live within our planetary boundaries?

Join our global online classroom and learn from renowned educators from around the world.

The next live online course will run from 4 March to 23 July, 2023.
Saturdays at 15:00 UTC.*

*Recordings are available for later viewing.


Social Dimension:

  • Module 1 – Ecovillages: Living Laboratories for the Future (Intro Session)
  • Module 2 – Creating Community & Embracing Diversity
  • Module 3 – Dragon Dreaming: Co-Creating Collaborative Projects
  • Module 4 – Communication Skills & Conflict Management (Design)
  • Module 5 – Social & Personal Transformation
  • Module 6 – Leadership & Participatory Decision-Making Processes
  • Economic Dimension:

  • Module 1 – Shifting from Global Economy to Sustainability
  • Module 2 – Exploring Community Economies
  • Module 3 – Strengthening Local Economies: The Importance of Localization
  • Module 4 – Social Currencies, Community Banks & Exchange Trade Systems
  • Ecological Dimension:

  • Module 1 – Permaculture Design
  • Module 2 – Renewable Energy; Water Management, Waste Management
  • Module 3 – Green Building
  • Module 4 – Sustainable Agriculture & Food Sovereignty
  • Module 5 – Ecovillage Solution to Climate Emergencies
  • Worldview Dimension:

  • Module 1 – Holistic Worldview & Reconnection with Nature
  • Module 2 – Transformation of Consciousness: Trauma Work
  • Module 3 – Designing Regenerative Cultures
  • Module 4 – Evolutionary Approaches to Education
  • Module 5 – Ecovillages and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • This course allows you to get a broad perspective of the topics and skills needed to become a true change maker and you will understand where you want to focus even more in-depth.

    • Gain confidence in participatory facilitation and building resilient learning communities
    • Improve your communication skills and conflict management
    • Explore shared leadership and participatory decision-making processes
    • Practice deep sharing & trust building
    • Learn about appropriate environmental technologies
    • Identify how to support and strengthen local economies
    • Experience how to think globally and act locally
    • Gain a holistic perspective of sustainability and community building
    • Learn from the real experience of community builders and ecovillage founders
    • Improve design and implementation skills for effective regenerative projects
    • Work with others to explore your own dreams and plans, co-developing your projects throughout the programme.

    Macaco Tamerice – Lead Facilitator

    is a sociologist, a life coach, and expert in human processes specialised in community-building, inner transformation, leadership and conflict resolution. In her life she researched with passion how to regenerate our planet and human systems. She has been living at Damanhur, Federation of Communities since 1993, where she has held many roles of artistic and social responsibilities, also the top leadership positions in the community.

    Taisa Mattos – Lead Facilitator

    is an experienced Gaia Education certified trainer. She has coordinated and taught Ecovillage Design Education Programmes since 2009, having contributed to 28 programmes so far, all over Brazil also in Portugal, Argentina, and Mozambique, and online. Currently serving as Education and Research Coordinator at the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Taisa works as an international trainer and consultant in the fields of sustainability, social innovations, and community life.

    Investment Price


    We strive to be inclusive to global economies and can provide places at 50% off the ‘regular’ price for participants from and living in the Global South.

    We may be able to offer a limited number of reduced price scholarships (not 100% free) when we have enough participants and sponsorship donations.

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    Land acknowledgment

    OUR ECOVILLAGE is situated on unceded Indigenous lands. The Coast Salish Peoples are the guardians of these lands and waters where we live, work, pray, and play. Quw’utsun (Cowichan) is a historical place of gathering and Na’tsa’ maht Shqwaluwun/”one-heart one-mind” for many Indigenous peoples.

    OUR ECOVILLAGE is committed to regenerate land and all ecosystems while acknowledging and respecting Indigenous knowledge that ensures thriving for all beings; we call this Permaculture.

    OUR ECOVILLAGE is dedicated to continuously educating ourselves and our communities about the history and peoples of OUR bio-region, to assist in decolonization and re-villaging as a path towards peacemaking, from local to global.