Ecovillage Design Education

The Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) Program was born out of the experiences of long-existing communities and cutting-edge educators in order to teach how to create a new way of living that brings together the four key dimensions of Sustainability.

The EDE Programme is organized as a mandala called the sustainability wheel, encompassing what we perceive to be the four primary dimensions of human experience - Worldview, Ecological, Social, and Economic aspects. Each of these four dimensions contains five modules - twenty subject areas in total.

 

It has been carried out over 190 times in more than 34 countries on six continents since 2005. Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) Ibiza is part of a larger network of EDE's from a Gaia Education certified program.

What is included

29 day full time course with an inhouse chef and accommodation

Fresh local seasonal fruits and vegetables for your meals

Rich Community Living Experience & Simulation

The Four Dimensions of Sustainability

Theoretical, Hands on, and Experiential learning 

Professional career and personal development support

Guided by 6 international and expert facilitators

Site visit to Ibizan off-grid eco centre Casita Verde

Expert panelist discussion 

Build lifelong connections across multiple different industries and cultures

Certification by Gaia Education

Special Guests and Celebration events

Design creative solutions, ideas and implementation for local ibizan organizations working towards regeneration

Our Philosophy

This EDE in particular is orientated towards semi-urban spaces and existing local organizations. To create true regeneration and sustainability we must be able to work within existing structures within society. Working within exsisting constraints and structures teaches us to think creatively, look at what is already in front of us, re-purpose collaboration and resource sharing, come up with solutions, harness existing technologies appropriately, and think in systems. Systemic problems require systems thinking solutions.

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Eco-villages as a Blueprint for Cities

Eco-villages provide a great blueprint for how we can live more sustainably. However almost 60% people live in cities and cities contribute over 70% of global CO2 emissions. At the same time there are already many networks of people, communication, energy and infrastructure that already exists in cities. This provides a great opportunity to use and re-purpose and transform exsisting networks, resources and energy that are not serving our planet or our people. We dont need more. In fact we need less and more collaboration that focuses on what we want to see, instead of fearing what we dont want.

 

If cities are not sustainable then we cannot be sustainable as a human race, we can’t just create regenerative cultures in rural spaces. People need to see ecovillages as a living example, or at least see models, techiques, structures and processes that work to believe that its possible. Without seeing an example in their daily life, how would they even know that alternatives exists and work?

Is this for you?

How can live in community? How can we live in a way in which we regenerate ourselves and the earth?  What skills do we need to create lasting systems and structures, and to facilitate processes of living and working together (planet, people, and resources)? How can we utilize what we already have and use it better?  How can we harness the resources around us to create equitable, and fair access to natural resources, social assistance, healthcare, wealth? How can we improve ourselves to see a change in the external environment around us? How can we access natural resources without harming people or the planet in the process?

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This EDE is for you

If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions

Eco-villages provide a great blueprint for how we can live more sustainably. However almost 60% people live in cities and cities contribute over 70% of global CO2 emissions. At the same time there are already many networks of people, communication, energy and infrastructure that already exists in cities. This provides a great opportunity to use and re-purpose and transform exsisting networks, resources and energy that are not serving our planet or our people. We dont need more. In fact we need less and more collaboration that focuses on what we want to see, instead of fearing what we dont want.

 

If cities are not sustainable then we cannot be sustainable as a human race, we can’t just create regenerative cultures in rural spaces. People need to see ecovillages as a living example, or at least see models, techiques, structures and processes that work to believe that its possible. Without seeing an example in their daily life, how would they even know that alternatives exists and work?

We are looking for individuals that are Growth-orientated & inspired to lead change in their communities in a way that creates healthier systems and structures for the benefit of all.  In the spirit of Gaia Education and the Global Ecovillage network, we are looking for bridge builders to create the transition between the neoliberal world we live in today and the society of harmony and health we wish to live in.

Take a Deep Dive

More on EDE Ibiza

Foundations of the EDE

The EDE has a long history, born from Gaia Education and the Global Ecovillage Network with the intentions of growing the ecovillage movement.

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Discover The Program

Learn more about the program goals and learning outcomes, the four dimensions of Sustainability within the course, and our Design Groups.

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Meet the Team

Meet the wonderful people teaching the course, organising the course, and our board of advisors. Each brings a wealth of knowledge from different backgrounds of experience. Want to work with us?

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The Accommodation

La Pandilla, provides a communal space of living from individuals of all walks of life through its cultural centre and collaborations. Find out more about how we will interact in this space.

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