14 Days
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Valid until 31st December 2023

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What is Ecovillage Design Education (EDE)?


This international Ecovillage Design Education course (EDE) is a 32 days course that is certified by Gaia Education(www.gaiaeducation.org) & GEN(Global Ecovillage Network) and is organised and facilitated by GENOA(Global Ecovillage Network of Oceania & Asia) and NextGENOA(Next Generation of the Global Ecovillage Network of Oceania & Asia). recognised as a contributor to UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

The EDE provides students of all ages with the knowledge and practical skills on how to design a society or a community/village which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste. The knowledge of EDE is also adaptable for personal or family level of transformation, in urban and rural contexts.

EDE – also known as the Wing – programmes are based on the four core dimensions of Gaia Education’s Ecovillage Design Curriculum: the Social, Worldview, Ecological and Economic dimensions of sustainability. The curriculum was developed drawing on the experience and expertise developed in a network of some of the most successful ecovillages and transition settings across the Earth.


Is this package for me?

Travel Style Hands-on 4 weeks live-in Ecovillage Design Education is perfect for couples, friends or the solo adventurer.
Service Level Organised and facilitated by GENOA(The Global Ecovillage Network of Oceania & Asia) & NextGENOA(Next Generation of GENOA), Certified by Gaia Education & GEN(Global Ecovillage Network).
Physical Rating Hands-on physical work that requires a reasonable level of fitness.
Trip Type Small group learning (maximum 10 people)


This EDE will be held from 16 February – 18th March 2020. Sunday 16th February is arrival day and orientation and Sunday 18th March  is wrap up & closing day along with departure day.

Where is the Venue?

This training will mainly take place at Gaia Ashram, Thailand. There will be a two days exposure trip to a local village.

Full fee: 

$1300 USD per person for high-quality facilitation by experienced and accredited trainers, 3 meals each day and lodging, for 4 weeks ($325 USD per week per person)


Early bird fees: (Limited spaces available)


$1050 USD per person pay by 30 November
$1150 USD per person pay by 31 December
$1250 USD per person pay by 15 January


If you are interested to join this program, but have challenges with your finance, please do get in contact with us. Limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please write to us at nextgenoa@gmail.com  to share your situation and we can open a dialogue to find a way that this course is still accessible to you and is fair for the organisers.


Cancellation policy

To confirm your place in the EDE course, a $300 USD deposit is required. If you cancel your registration, only $200 will be refunded if you cancel outside of 30 days before the course start date. If you cancel within 30 days of the start date, the deposit is non-refundable.

The program needs a minimum of 15 participants in order to cover the costs of running the program. Please wait till we confirm with you by mid-December if the course will go ahead or not, and at this point only, we advise you to make your travel booking. In the case of the organiser cancelling the program, the registration deposit will be refunded.


How to apply?

Register Now! by making a deposit down payment of $300 to secure your place. After that we will send you a registration form along with the program information package. The remaining fee, after the down payment, will be paid after the program is confirmed, through electronic transfer or cash at arrival.

Address Gaia Ashram, 149 Ban That, Phen District, Udon Thani, Thailand 41150
Telephone Number 080 579 1006
Email Address



General Program Overview

This four-week EDE is divided using the four dimensions or the sustainability wheel & each week will cover one dimension.

Week 1 : Social Dimension

• Community Building & Embracing Diversity
• Communication Skills & Decision-Making
• Leadership & Empowerment
• Art, Ritual & Social Transformation
• Education, Social Networks & Activism

Week 2 : Worldview Dimension

• Holistic Worldview
• Reconnecting with Nature
• Transformation of Consciousness
• Personal Health & Planetary Health
• Socially Engaged Spirituality

Week 3 : Economy Dimension
• Shifting the Global Economy to Sustainability
• Rights Livelihood
• Local Economies
• Community Banks & Currencies
• Legal & Financial Issues

Week 4 : Ecology Dimension

• Green Building & Retroffiting
• Local food & Nutrient Cycles
• Infrastructure, Water & Energy
• Nature, Urban Regeneration & Disaster Recovery
• Whole Systems Approach to Design

EDE’s Learning Process 
• Participatory and interactive

• Practical and experiential learning

• Community building & community living

• Spirituality: head-heart-hands

Trudy Juriansz, Sri Lanka (Female)

Networking Director of the Global Ecovillage Network(GEN)

An educator by heart, Trudy offers her nurturing character and positive attitude to ensure that people’s learning and other needs are being met.  Her focus is on empowering people to find meaning in their own life experiences.  As part of her personal praxis, Trudy is constantly learning and reflecting on her own life experiences, which she uses in her capacity as a facilitator.

Trudy believes in bringing people together and maintains relationships throughout her network so that she can collaborate across borders and disciplines, being the catalyst for various interconnections.

Trudy is an accredited trainer of Ecovillage Design Education since her EDE in 2016 at Gaia Ashram, Thailand, Analog Forestry and she holds a graduate degree in Sustainability Education.  In addition, she has studied, practiced and taught permaculture and deep ecology for many years.  She has been the head of democratic school in Thailand, managed a sustainability education center in Sri Lanka and facilitated countless workshops across Asia, mostly for youth and women. The garden and farm are important learning and workshop spaces for Trudy. She loves to work in the garden and commune with plants.  She has a natural instinct to care for the whole ecosystem, ensuring that all elements are nurtured and supported. She is most excited about soil

Partner organisations

Gaia Education

Global Ecovillagen Network

For more information about the program, please send your inquiry to nextgenoa@gmail.com