NextGENOA EDE Programme

group                                    28th of January until the 3rd of March, 2018                                 

This NextGENOA EDE is a four week course held in January that is certified by Gaia Education (website) & recognised as a contributor to UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This EDE will be held at Gaia Ashram which is located in the North-East of Thailand. The NextGENOA EDE is intended for youth (ages 23-33 years old) from Asia & Oceania who are already active in the sustainability movement & who are very interested in becoming part of NextGENOA (the youth movement of the Global Ecovillage Network of Oceania & Asia). The EDE participants will also be joining the NextGENOA Networking Conference held in a forest Park


The NextGENOA EDE (four weeks 28th Jan – 25th Feb 2018)

The NextGENOA EDE will be held from Sunday 28th of January until the 25th of February. The curriculum for this course has been developed by Gaia Education & this Ecovillage Design Education programme, that is often referred to as ‘EDEs’, provides students of all ages with the knowledge and practical skills on how to design a society which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste.

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 ( curriculum download) 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.

The learning process of this EDE will be participatory, interactive & there is plenty of room for the participants to share their skills and/or experiences. We will also make time for practical experiential learning especially regarding the Ecological dimension. During the one month we will spent at least on hour a day doing practical work to contribute to the host site Gaia Ashram, i.e gardening, natural building, creating a simple water treatment and filtration system.This one month EDE is divided using the four dimensions or the sustainability wheel & each week we will cover one dimension.


 First Week : Social Dimension

Monday 29th of January- Saturday 3rd of February

We will be living together for more then one month and we will be forming a community together during this time. During the social week we will get to know each other, build up trust, strengthen the connections within the group,  with the surrounding nature and with the local people. We will create the foundations of how we can be positively living together as a community. We will establish our common ground and values together. To aid this process we will look at different tools on how to grow as individuals, how to create & grow healthy communities & we will look at how we can link & network with other like minded groups & people.

During the Social Week we will cover:

  • Community Building & Embracing Diversity
  • Communication Skills & Decision-Making
  • Leadership & Empowerment
  • Art, Ritual & Social Transformation
  • Education, Social Networks & Activism (we will cover this module more in-depth during the NextGENOA networking conference)

Week Two : Worldview Dimension

Monday 5th of February- Saturday 10th of February

During the worldview week we will look at how we perceive our world & how this influences the outer reality. We will look at how we can change from a materialistic worldview to a more holistic worldview. We will vision and create a story for the future where humans live in harmony with nature & each other. We will  look at how we can work with nature rather then against it. We will learn about Deep Ecology & “The work that re-connects” as developed by Joanne Macy. We will be introduced to the concept of the “Great Turning” &  explore Deep Ecology. We will raise our ecological sensitivity by spending time in nature & observing nature through all our senses. We will see that to create change we need to change ourselves & raise our own awareness.

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

Week Three : Economy Dimension

Monday 12th of February-Saturday 17th of February

During the economic week we will learn about the dominant economic system and go more in depth on how the current materialistic worldview is shaping our reality; how our current global economic system is effecting the local situation. From this understanding we will then look at how we can shift away from this system to a more fair alternative economic system that take into account all the other dimensions & is respecting of nature & the Earth.

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

Week Four : Ecology Dimension

                              Monday 19th of February-Saturday 25h of February

In the Ecology week we will learn about different strategies that will help us in building sustainable human settlements that are self-reliant, resilient & self-regenerating. We will be learning about how we as humans can co-create with nature rather than working against it. We will work on acquiring practical skills that help us to be moving towards the vision where humans & nature are living in harmony with each other. We will learn about strategies and practices that help create living systems that thrive, are abundant & can sustain humans as well as other beings and the earth as the whole.

During the Ecology Week we will cover:

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

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    NextGENOA Networking Conference  

27th of February-3rd of March, 2018

NextGENOA aims to be a network where young change makers can meet & share, learn & support each other over borders. We aim to be a Platform that help to enable more young people within the Asia & Oceania region to become part of the sustainability movement.

During the NextGENOA Networking Conference we will look at what are the importance of Networking. We will brainstorm and learn from guest speakers who have long time experience in Networking & Activism. We will learn how to build a network together and how we can a network inspire more young people to be part of sustainability movement. We will learn some tools for conducting awareness raising programs that will help motivate young people to get involved in creating a more sustainable future.

Facilitators & Guest Teachers of the EDE program

Main Facilitators & Space holders


Sunisa Jamwiset Deiters : Co-Founder of NexGENOA network, Co-Founder of Gaia Ashram, long time involvement in the Global Ecovillage Network of Oceania & Asia(GENOA) as part of the team. Ecovillage Design Education trainer and applying the knowledge in creating the Gaia Ashram project.


Tom Deiters : Co-Founder of NextGENOA network, Co-Founder of Gaia Ashram, Ecovillage Design Education trainer & facilitator for Deep Ecology & nature connection.


Trudy Juriansz : The Global Ecovillage of Oceania & Asia (GENOA)’s coordinator and board member of GEN (the Global Ecovillage Network), former manager at Belipola, a reforestation demonstration site and learning center, EDE trainer, Analog forestry trainer



Sion Zivetz : EDE trainer, social entrepreneur, Analog forestry trainer, former manager at Bellipola reforestation demonstration site and learning center.

Guest Teachers 


Praha Hutanuwatra : Buddhist scholar, Founder of Ecovillage Transition Asia (ETA) and Right Livelihood Foundation, Director of Awakening Leadership Training program. Former director of Wongsanit Ashram and International Network of Engaged Buddhists(INEB), long time experience in facilitating & organizing EDE programs both in Asia and other regions.



Jon Jandai : Founder of Pun Pun organic farm and seed bank, co – founder of the ‘Fair Bussiness’.


Hans and Wallapa van Willenswaard : Founders of Towards Organic Asia & the School of Wellbeing, social entrepreneurs and trainers of social entrepreneurship. Directors of Asian young organic farmers program.


Lars Blume : A renewable energy expert for Geen Innovation and Development Center (GeenID), a leading Vietnamese think tank in sustainable energy development. Lars carries out policy research and build up technical capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency in order to accelerate for a social just energy transition in Vietnam and South East Asia. A co – Founder of a platform to accompany people on their journey beyond sustainability.

Guest Speakers for The NextGENOA Networking Conference


Somboon Chuengprempree : Secretary of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists(INEB)


Trudy Juriansz : Coordinator of the Global Ecovillage Network of Oceania & Asia(GENOA). Board member of the Global Ecovillage Network(GEN)

More guest speakers are to be confirmed! 

Practical Information:

For whom the programs are for?

  • Age : 23-33 years old.
  • Active in sustainable living practices in any aspect at any level (local/regional or global).
  • Deeply interested and able to commit to become part of NextGENOA team to create a strong network and movement of the young within the region & local areas.
  • Committed to work/connect with GENOA country representative of your country.
  • Able to communicate in English.
  • Applicants from each country should have mixture of gender (one male and one female).

Application process

  • first sent a motivation letter to us
  • After we received the motivation letter from you will sent you the application form.
  • Fill in application & sign application form and submit to NextGENOA to
  • When we receive the application form and we approved your participation we will send you a link where you can make a downpayment of 100 $  through Eventbrite as to show your commitment to the programme. (the rest of the fee – 450$- we ask you to pay at arrival of the program)
  • After you have done the deposit we will send you information package with full details for your preparation.
  • Apply before January 10th, 2018.

What are the costs?

The fee for joining the whole program is 550 $. The actual fee is much higher & we have made a very strong effort to keep the fee very low. Part of the fee has been provided by NextGENOA through crowdfunding & the support of Gaia Trust. This fee covers food, accommodation, teaching material & teacher fee. It does not include travel expense and visa fee.

For those who cannot afford the 550 USD we recommend trying to set up a crowdfunding campaign for the EDE and raise the funds in this way. We can recommend using the permaculture crowdfunding website Wethetrees. Here is the link to the website:

You create a campaign, stating how much funds you need and why you want to join. Good to make a little video expressing why you want to join. There are also other crowdfunding platforms that you could use.

Where is it & what are the facilities like?

The NextGENOA EDE will be hosted at Gaia Ashram which is an alternative Education Center on Ecovillage Design, Permaculture & Deep Ecology located on 2 1/2 hectares of land in the North-East of Thailand.

Facilities: Gaia Ashram provides basic facilities and the basic needs of participants will be met.


Gaia Ashram Sala Outside

Accommodation: Dormitory, second floor of the Gaia Sala. Mosquito nets, cushions, bedding and blankets are provided.



Common Space for sessions: Indoor session will be held at the first floor of Gaia Sala & the Mini-Sala and practical session will be happening on the land.


Sala inside

Toilet and Shower: compost toilets and  showers for men and women.

Internet: Internet Shop in the next village is usually available everyday. We have a few bicycles available. We will provide trip to internet on Sundays.

Food: Healthy local vegetarian food will be served by local cooks. Participants will team up to cook breakfast in turns and on Sundays there is the space for participants to also cook  lunch and diner.

No Alcohol or Drugs: We ask participants not to drink alcohol or use drugs on the land. We ask smokers to smoke at the smoking corner only. This will help to provide healthy environment for learning and living together for one month. We encourage people to take this one month as an opportunity to have a break from their smoking or drinking.

 “May this NextGENOA EDE, Meeting & Retreat be supported by the great teachers who work in love & light & may it benefit all beings & the Earth.”

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