Engaged Sustainability

Designing thriving communities

About Gaia Education

By on June 7, 2016


Inspired by …

The Engaged Sustainability programme follows the curriculum of the Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) by Gaia Education, a 4 week intensive programme that has been running successfully for over 10 years. Our shorter London programme is officially recognised as ‘Inspired by Gaia Education’.


Gaia Education

Gaia Education was created by a group of educators called “GEESE”- Global Ecovillage Educators for a Sustainable Earth. The aim of the programme has been to share lessons from the ecovillage movement, to bring forth positive change in the world. Because in fact, eco villages are learning labs for conflict resolution, inclusive decision making, new economic models, bio construction, participatory community design and much more. It is not just about ecology, but about a holistic approach to our problems.

“We work towards a resilient future within planetary boundaries where no one is left behind.  A world of safe and nutritious food; of clean drinking water; of universal access to sustainability education; of physical, mental and social well-being.  A world which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste.  A world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity; of justice and equality; of respect for race and ethnicity; and of equal opportunity permitting the full realisation of human potential while promoting shared prosperity.”

Gaia Education is a Key Partner of UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development- ESD, amongst 70 selected world-wide educational institutions.

Ecovillage Design Education

For over 10 years Gaia Education has successfully supported the delivery of over 209 EDE programmes in 41 countries. The EDE program is a 4 week intensive that has been spreading out over six continents, and other course formats are increasingly appearing, too. Such as urban EDE’s spread over a year, and ‘Inspired by Gaia Education formats, such as this London based programme.

The EDE consists of the 4 dimensions; social, ecological, economical & worldview, each covering a range of modules, as you can see in the EDE wheel.


EDE Dimensions


Throughout the 4 weeks participants apply learnings to real world projects. You can see many inspiring case studies online, if you want to have an idea what kind of projects they are. Gaia Education also offers a 1 year online programme with about 450 hours total study time, which offers a more comprehensive journey than the one possible in the month long face-to-face programme.

You can read more about my personal experience with the EDE programme at Findhorn in 2015 on Green Unfolding: Gaia Education, Empowering Change Makers in Sustainability by Inge Kuijper.