This NextGENOA EDE is a four week course held from the 2nd until the 31st of October that is certified by Gaia Education & 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).
After the 4 weeks, the EDE participants will be joining the NextGENOA Planning meeting from the 31st October – 3rd November 2016 followed by a NextGENOA nature retreat from the 4th to the 6th of November. Participants are asked to join the entire program from the 2nd of October until the 6th of November.
The NextGENOA EDE (one month)
2nd of October-30st of October
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 (download here) 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, we will be working a lot in the garden together. This one month EDE is divided using the four dimensions or the sustainability wheel & each week we will cover one dimension.
Monday 3rd of October- Saturday 8th of October
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
Monday 10th of October- Saturday 15th of October
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
Monday 17th of October-Saturday 22nd of October
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
Monday 24th of October-Saturday 29th of October
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
NextGENOA Planning Meeting
31st of October-3rd of November
After we have received all this knowledge & information. We will be motivated to create more change within & without. We will look at our NextGENOA network & how the NextGENOA Network can more effectively contribute to helping each other, nature & the Earth. NextGENOA aims to be a network where young changemakers can meet & share, learn & support each other over borders. Networking is an important aspect in the work we do as it gives us a feeling of hope it brings a realisation that we are not alone & there are other who feel, think & act from the same ethics & values as we do.
The NextGENOA strategic planning meeting is a meeting to design NextGENOA’s organizational structure and platform using Ecovillage Design principles. For NextGENOA to grow we need to divide roles & responsibilities. We need to be able to commit our time & energy in NextGENOA. The aim of the NextGENOA as a Platform is to enable more young people within the Asia & Oceania region to become part of the sustainability movement.
For those country representatives that are new to the NextGENOA platform & we will brainstorm together on how to create a NextGEN Core Group in your country & the NextGENOA mentors will assist you in helping to design this process. To look in more detail of what is NextGENOA go to the NEXTGENOA.
The Deep Ecology Retreat
4th of November-6th of November
During the Deep Ecology Retreat we aim to deepen our nature connection and our commitment with the earth, the source of life that gives us strength and connect us all together at a deeper level. We will spent time together at a National Park to connect to nature & wilderness.
For those interested in attending this NextGENOA EDE, NextGENOA Planning Meeting & Nature Retreat, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking for participants who are excited to become part of the NextGENOA movement, want to start the NextGEN movement in their countries:
- 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).
- If interested to join the NextGENOA EDE, Meeting & Retreat first sent a motivation letter to NextGENOA at email@example.com &/or to your GENOA country representative stating the reason why you want to join this NextGENOA EDE, Meeting & Retreat, why you are interested in NextGENOA & becoming part of the NextGENOA movement. Also provide some background information of yourself & how you have been involved in the sustainability movement.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NextGENOA &/or the GENOA country representative will select applications that meet the criteria qualification most.
- We would also ask the participants to make 100 $ downpayment through Eventbrite as to show their commitment to the programme.
- Apply before September 14th.
What are the costs?
The fee for joining the whole program is 450 $. The actual fee is much higher & we have made a very strong effort to keep the fee very low. Part of the fee has been provided by NextGENOA through crowdfunding efforts & the support of Gaia Trust. This fee covers food, accommodation & teacher fee. It does not include travel expense and visa fee.
We ask participant to make a non-refundable downpayment of 100$ through Eventbrite once they have been selected to join the NextGENOA EDE, Meeting & Retreat. The link will be given once the participants are selected.
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 hextares of land in the North-East of Thailand.
Facilities: Gaia Ashram provides basic facilities and the basic needs of participants will be met. Participants should not expect much comfort.
Accommodation: Dormitory, second floor of the Gaia Sala.
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.
Toilet and Shower: compost toilets and roofless 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.”