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Ecovillage Design Education (EDE)

August 31 - September 28

August 31 – September 28 2024

The EDE was born from the experiences of long-existing communities and cutting-edge educators to teach how to create a new way of living that brings together the four key dimensions of sustainability: social, cultural/worldview, ecological, and economic.

Spend a month in close contact with one of the world’s most successful communities: Damanhur has been a center for spiritual, artistic, and social research since 1975 and is renowned throughout the world for the Temples of Humankind, an underground work of art, completely realized by hand.

Goals of the course

  • Social tools for leadership, participatory decision-making, group building, conflict-solving…
  • A holistic education in the four dimensions of sustainability
  • Exploring solutions and experiencing effective models to transform society
  • Experiencing a visionary community in “real life” that has been existing and transforming for 49 years
  • Transmitting design and implementation skills for effective projects
  • Ecological knowledge and practice from permaculture, green building to renewables
  • Developing an artistic approach to life
  • Exploring the importance of spirituality and creating sacred space in building new societies

You will gain

  • Certification by Gaia Education as an EDE designer
  • Integrative design skills in four areas of sustainability: ecology, economy, social aspects & culture
  • First step for setting up EDE-courses in your region
  • New friends, ideas, inspiration and hope!

Costs and funding possibilities

Course fee: € 1200, Food and accommodation not included (different options available). Reduced prices for young people up to age 25, and scholarships for people from developing countries.


For more info contact us at ede@damanhur.org or +39 348 6432318


Where is the course held: Damanhur, Italy, via Pramarzo 3, 10080 Baldissero C.se (TO)


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