Gaia Education and EDE

Gaia Education is a leading-edge provider of sustainability education that promotes thriving communities within planetary boundaries.

The Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) draws upon the experience of some of the most successful ecovillages and intentional communities in the world. The course can be taken either in person or on-line in cooperation with the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona. The EDE curriculum is available at for free download in nine languages. Also available for download are the “Four Keys”—anthologies by some of the best professionals across the world, covering the four dimensions of the EDE: ecological, social, economic and worldview. The Four Keys can also be ordered on-line in hard copy for a printing fee. The site also includes the newsletter of the GEESE (Global Ecovillage Educators for Sustainable Earth), called GEESE Information.

This initiative was launched at Findhorn in October 2005 by a group of Ecovillage educators calling themselves The GEESE (Global Ecovillage Educators for Sustainable Earth.) The key program is a UNITAR-endorsed 4 week holistic introduction to designing sustainable settlements called Ecovillage Design Education (EDE), based on the GEN “living and learning” principle. This program draws upon the experience developed in a network of some of the most successful ecovillages and intentional communities across the world. In four weeks you get an overview of all you need to know to design sustainable settlements anywhere in the world.  The program has since been taught to more than 3000 persons at a number of major ecovillages and other educational institutions in over 30 countries and is growing steadily.  Ross sits on the board and Hildur was focaliser of the Communications Committee. Gaia Education Limited is a Scottish  non-profit based in Findhorn Ecovillage