This course is being reworked due to the COVID-19 virus.
Please contact us for more information.
At OUR EDE, we will teach you how to design communities and ecovillages as “living community centres” and as adaptation models for climate change and social justice in a new global paradigm.
The Ecovillage Design Education curriculum was an official contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014, and is ratified as part of the Global Ecovillage Network and is given full Certification through GAIA Education International.
This course is designed and facilitated as an immersed learning experience, meaning you will be living and working on a Permaculture farm and Ecovillage while you learn how farm and what it takes to build an ecovillage yourself. We will be creating space to meet ourselves, within and without, and join together in hands-on activities, design exercises, lectures, discussions, exercises, games, videos, slide-shows, field trips and a final design project.
The programme will run all day with evening sessions about two thirds of the time. There will be time for movement throughout the day, as well as free time to be by yourself and to socialise, including a daily siesta time after lunch; to research in the library and online; days off for rest and integration, and a slow start on Sundays.
The second half of the program is designed for you to move into an intimate, participatory and relatively small learning community. You will collaborate and practice co-leadership with fellow learners, from curriculum scheduling to collective design projects. This teaching methodology embodies the “forming, storming, norming, performing” stages of all community building process that M. Scott Perk elaborated in his book “Different Drum; Community Making and Peace” as an experiential learning opportunity.
Our intention is to support you in deepening your understanding and practice of the art of regenerative design, becoming a pro-active village building ambassador of what is possible. We will examine the underlying assumptions of the current culture of consumerism and economic globalization, and encourage exploration of ways to contribute to the emergence of a culture of sustainability, compassion and equity.
1. CANCELLATION POLICY
- a) Accommodations
- For cancellation with more than 5 days notice, guests will be fully refunded unless if during courses & events and then same as b) below.
- For cancellations with less than 5 days notice, the first night will be charged at 100% and the remaining nights at 50%.
- b) Courses, Events and all other Services
- For cancellation with more than 30 days notice, guest will be fully refunded.
- For cancellations with more than 21 days notice, guest will be 50% refunded.
- For cancellations with less than 21 days notice, guest will be charged full amount.