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Learn How to Rewild Urban land with Tiny Forrests!

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The techniques you will learn are based on the work of Akira Miyawaki, a Japanese botanist who pioneered a method in the 1970s of planting young indigenous species close together to quickly regenerate degraded lands. The course is presented by Daan Bleichrodt, Author of Tiny Forest, who will lead you through the course.

“Having grown up in a wooded area, I am a huge fan of forests. Children that are growing up now should have the same opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy a forest nearby…

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GEN Ecovillage Summit – Living Solutions for a Regenerative World

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The Global Ecovillage Network will host its Ecovillage Summit in April. Join us and 35 ecovillages & speakers for 7 days of connection and hope. You can sign up today for the Summit at summit2021.ecovillage.org

Last year, GEN hosted its second online summit with more than 20,000 participants from around the globe to build communities for the future. This year, GEN will showcase how ecovillages contribute to the mitigation of climate crisis and function as resilient communities of practise b…

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Creating a Regenerative Civilisation is Within Our Reach

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In a recent article, I read in Yes! Magazine the author describes 6 rules for humans to rejoin the natural world, and as I read them it brought back memories of some of the principles present during the birth and development of Gaia Education.

The author, Jeremy Lent, points out that in nature:

  • “A system’s health depends on differentiation and integration,” manifesting diversity.
  • “Every part of a system is in a harmonious relationship with the entire system” thus creating bala…

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Free ‘Local Water Solutions for Global Challenges’ Course – New Cycle Starting 22 March

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Launching a new cycle of our free online course, in partnership with UNITAR and the University of Strathclyde, covering a number of water-related challenges that must be addressed to achieve sustainable water solutions at the local level.


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The Impact of Stories in Understanding the World Around Us

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Mother Jungle is an organisation founded by Sanne von Oort, a graduate of Gaia Education’s Design for Sustainability programme. The ethos of the organisation lies in the importance of indigenous storytelling in biocultural conservation efforts and supporting intergenerational communication.



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Shifting Direction

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Today, every economy in the world is being induced to enlist in a single, highly-centralised economy, one which depends on vast homogenised markets and ever-increasing trade. Although the globalisation of this economic model is exacerbating a wide range of social, economic, and environmental problems, governments continue to subsidise the global economy’s physical infrastructure, and to rewrite trade treaties, laws and regulations to facilitate its spread.

A number of concrete ste…

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Networking with Nature: Implementing the Bioregional Approach

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Living with a bioregional awareness does not require that we begin by mapping our entire bioregion. We can start small, with our own home and immediate surroundings. Here are some ideas on how to get started.

  • Make a seasonal wheel, a circle bisected by twelve angles (one for each month of the year). Record the cycles of plants, animals, weather and cultural events within and around the circle. Note the date or week when a bird began building a nest near your house, when the chicks hatch…

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Becoming Regenerative Designers

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We enter this new season and look back at 2020, remembering that millions of people in every region of the world have been personally affected by economic loss, health challenges or the loss of loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you in these difficult times. Stay strong, we will get through this together.

As we adapt to a new reality, we see before our very eyes what it means to live in a time of transformation and the urgent need for regeneration. …

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Gaia Education COVID-19 Update

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gaia Education has taken precautions to protect our staff as well as participants and stakeholders. Due to the situation, almost all face-to-face courses have been cancelled, however, we are slowly starting to introduce new and innovative ways of conducting Ecovillage Design Education programmes (EDEs) that follow the social distancing rules of the country and where part of the training takes place online. We encourage ecovillages to contact us s…

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What is Integrative Whole Systems Design and how do we achieve it?

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There are many different definitions for the word design and many different types of professionals that call themselves ‘designers’. The attitude taken by Gaia Education is that we are all designers! We all co-create the world we live in, and are all responsible for the future of our communities, the well being of generations yet unborn, and all life on the planet. Design is much more than simply the beautification of material objects or some nature-detached aesthetic tool to express human indiv…

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