Welcome to Gaia Education, an international consortium of educators developing curricula and courses on ecovillage design and sustainable community development. We believe that ecovillages offer ideal "campuses" for people to gain the skills, knowledge, and inspiration needed to help build a more sustainable future.
Gaia Education as an organization was born out of a group of educators called "GEESE" (Global Ecovillage Educators for a Sustainable Earth) that met at the Findhorn Foundation, Scotland in June of 2004, Galgafarm, Hungary in June of 2005, and Wongsanit Ashram, Thailand in February of 2007. Gaia Education is a programme of the Global Ecovillage Network and has already developed an Ecovillage Design Curriculum that has the endorsement of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as an official contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD). Gaia Education is supported financially by Gaia Trust, Denmark.
This Wiki is intended to be a "playground" and an evolving resource for educators interested in sustainability education, particularly those working within ecovillages around the world. Please feel free to add and/or edit pages and resources, while also respecting the integrity of the "commons". Questions can be directed to the current Wikimaster: daniel at ic.org.
Here is how you can get involved:
- Learn more about the Ecovillage Design Curriculum
- Join a Committee to help move this work forward
- Review and add to our growing list of Resources
- Consider offering a Certified Course in your own ecovillage
- Apply for a Start-up Grant (by Oct. 31, 2009) for a certified course 2010
- Click the discussion tab at the top of any page to offer your ideas
- Contact Us if you have further questions or need additional information
- Read the Gaia Education 2006/2009 report- at the cutting-edge of sustainability education
- Join Gaianet- design for sustainability forum
We hope you will be inspired to join this growing flock of GEESE as we support each other in a global migration toward a sustainable future.