Ecovillage Design Education Feb/March 2020

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).

At Gaia Ashram, Thailand. 16th Feb – 18th March 2020! Register Now!

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.

EDE Mandala by Gaia Education

This four weeks 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

When is this EDE taking place

This EDE will be held from 16 February – 18th March 2019. Sunday 16th February is arrival day and orientation and and Sunday 25th August is wrap up & closing day and 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.

What are the fee?

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: 

$1050 USD per person, pay by 30 November. Limited spaces available.

$1150 USD per person, pay by 31 December. Limited spaces available.

$1250 USD per person, pay by 15 January. Limited spaces available.

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.

Cancelation policy

To confirm your place in the EDE course, a $300USD 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 downpayment 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 downpayment, will be paid after the program is confirmed, through electronic transfer or cash at arival. 

Main Facilitators

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

Om Sunisa Jamwiset Deiters, Thailand (Female)

Founder of Gaia Ashram

Founder of Gaia Ashram & Gaia School Asia. Lived and worked at Wongsanit Ashram in Thailand for 8 years. Here she was trained as and started working as a facilitator. In 2008 she joined the Ecovillage Design Education course held at Wongsanit Ashram. After her time at Wonganit she spent one year living and working at the Panya project which is a permaculture based community in Thailand. She has been Involved in NextGEN (Next Generation of the Global Ecovillage Network) for a few years and is committed to supporting the growth of the network in Asia. She teaches and facilitates courses such as Ecovillage Design Education (part of Gaia Education), Socially Engaged Buddhism/Spirituality and Training of Trainers. She has facilitated courses for NGO workers, young Buddhists activists, international students, children and teachers. She uses participatory teaching methods and her focus is on deep ecology and nature connection.

Sion Zivetz, United States (Male)

Social Enterprenuer

Sion offers sustainability education that empowers people to take action with their own two hands.  His facilitation is always student centered and focused on drawing collective knowledge while adding his own perspectives and experiences to guide the learning to our goal.

Sion enjoys the challenge of working with plants, as well as the challenge of designing landscapes, from patterns to details.  He enjoys sharing ideas with others and seeing how with the right tools and effort, good design can solve any challenge.  At the heart of it, he is an educator and works to recognize and support the skills and interests of others as we collectively move towards bringing this planet back into its abundance.

Sion was educated and started practicing Permaculture in 2007 and was trained an accredited as Analog Forestry instructor in 2014.  He has recently gained accreditation as an Ecovillage Designer Education facilitator by joining the EDE at Gaia Ashram, Thailand in 2016.  He brings the learning and experience of these three complimentary sustainability design tools into his facilitation. He has also earned two degrees in Sustainability and Sustainability Education from Portland Sate University.  He was the co-manager of Belipola Sustainability Education Center in Sri Lanka for 3 years.

Benjamin Murray,UK, Male

Permaculture practitioner, designer, teacher and consultant

Ben is an Ecological designer, consultant and teacher with a background in organic and biodynamic gardening / agriculture, natural building, horticulture & landscape architecture. Ben is the founder of Holistic Regeneration, has 20 years experience in the realm of Horticulture and has been consulting, practicing and teaching permaculture, organic gardening and natural building for almost 10 years in England, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Kenya and India and is currently working as an itinerant trainer of transformational and empowering workshops and courses.

About the Organisers

GENOA – Global Ecovillage Network Oceania & Asia – is a network of people, ecovillages and organisations in Oceania & Asia. GENOA promotes Ecovillage living where people live together in a sustainable way, with dignity, in harmony with each other and with nature. It was established in 1997 by Max Lindegger of Crystal Waters Ecovillage in Australia. Please see more information Here!

NextGENOA  is a network of young people from the Asian & Oceania region who are committed to care for the earth by practicing and promoting sustainable living. See more information HERE

Partner organisations

Gaia Education

Global Ecovillagen Network

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

Register Now!