8 February – 11 March 2018
Ecovillage Design Education (EDE)
∼ Design for sustainability ∼
with Katja Kukolj, Anna Kovasna & Mariana França
∼ Intensive training for personal, social and planetary thriving
31 days of cocreating a vibrant learning community, diving deep into community-based tools for regeneration and designing projects for both personal and planetary transformation.
What if we approached today’s challenges as opportunities to unleash our creativity in designing sustainable solutions for ourselves, our communities and the planet? How can we come together to empower each other, build community and multiply our positive impact in the world? How can we cocreate just, peaceful, caring and dynamic local communities that actively regenerate the world within and around us? And how can we do all of this in a sustainable way for ourselves?
These are questions that Ecovillages all over the world have been exploring for decades.
Not just in theory, but through living. Ecovillages are rural or urban communities using participatory design to regenerate social, cultural, economic and ecological systems. They exist all over the world, linked by a belief in the power of community to create personal, social and planetary thriving.
The training is an opportunity to learn about, experience and apply the innovations, tools and solutions of these lived experiments to what you want to create in the world – be it a community, a project, an organisation, or a more sustainable personal life.
Planetary thriving. To create the new, we need to understand the system we work in and be able to dream beyond the known. You will find inspiration and learn tools for transformation.
Social thriving. To cocreate the world we believe in, we need to care for each other and create resilient circles that hold and restore us. You will explore social dynamics and meet many potential co-creators.
Personal thriving. If you are a changemaker, self-care is a political act. You will be supported in reflecting on your own journey and encouraged to consciously design your path.
What is it exactly?
A certified 31-day experiential training in community design and holistic solutions for social, cultural, economic and ecological regeneration. The training – the Ecovillage Design Education – takes place in Ängsbacka, Sweden, and is certified by both Gaia Education (pending) and the Global Ecovillage Network.
The programme starts with three days of using ecovillage tools to set the scene and cocreate the beginnings of a creative and participatory learning community. This is followed by four weeks of applied and experiential learning, one for each dimension of regeneration – social, culture, economy and ecology. Weaving through the weeks is the design studio, where you integrate and apply what you learn in the design of your own regenerative community or project. Here you can find the preliminary schedule.
The Ängsbacka EDE has a particular focus on tools and approaches that support us to create and nurture resilience, wellbeing and beauty – in our own lives, in our communities, and in the world. We chose this because it is close to our hearts, but also because we have seen so many friends strike out with incredible inspiration and end up depleted, disillusioned or burnt out. Let´s make a difference!
What will you get out of the EDE?
- Grow and communicate your ideas for the future – and turn them into new possibilities and projects
- Learn, experience and apply tools for community-building and collaboration
- Be inspired and resourced by existing solutions and decades of innovation and experience in ecovillages, communities and urban transition settings worldwide
- Develop your own regenerative project, or cocreate someone else’s, using participatory methods and whole systems design
- Be supported by experienced experts in the fields of social, cultural, ecological and economic regeneration and community design
- Learn, play, grow and explore together with an international group of engaged people for a full month of community living, mutual support and cocreation
- Get access to a growing network of changemakers, ecovillages, communities and activists worldwide
- Organise EDE courses yourself by becoming a certified EDE designer by Gaia Education and receiving the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD Contributor Seal (Subject to Certification by Gaia Education)
- Have fun ’cause if it ain’t fun it ain’t sustainable.
This EDE is not happening in Ängsbacka by coincidence. Ängsbacka provides an amazing container for social, cultural and spiritual exploration and we are designing the program to make it possible for you to get to know and take part in this wonderful community. It is an interesting time to be at Ängsbacka as the community consciously moves towards more sustainability and are on the verge of transition from community to ecovillage. We will both learn from and support with this process – making this EDE a rather special one.
The European Ecovillage Conference 2017 took place at Ängsbacka – setting the scene for this EDE. Have a look at this video about the conference, life in community and ecovillage activism.
Welcome to spend a month at magical Ängsbacka!
- The training is in English.
- There are a limited number of spaces available. Please book your ticket as soon as possible ensure your participation.
For any questions, comments, ideas please write to us: email@example.com. We are excited to hear from you!
Warmly welcome to the Ängsbacka Ecovillage Design Education!
Who are we?
You will be welcomed, inspired and supported on your journey by your core facilitators Anna Kovasna, Katie Kukolj and Mariana França and by several amazing trainers and experts joining the group for a session, a day or a week.
These highly inspiring people really walk their talk, have years of experience in their field of expertise, and most of them live in community.
Anna is a trainer, researcher and community consultant passionate about the cocreation of just, collaborative and free societies where human potential is valued and the interconnectedness of life is recognised. She works as Director of Education at the Global Ecovillage Network, developing tools, training and platforms channelling applied ecovillage research and experience in five continents into resources for individuals, organisations and communities engaged in finding beautiful alternatives, innovative solutions and regenerative lifestyles. She is also involved in several funded projects in the fields of education, Ecovillage Incubation and social entrepreneurship for regenerative communities. Originally from Sweden, Anna until recently lived in Findhorn, and is currently on the road to new adventures. Some of the things that bring particular aliveness to her are dancing, gardening, cocreating with peers, hiking, rock climbing and swimming in wild seas and rivers.
Katie is currently nomadic going where she is called and feels her skills are needed. She is passionate about co-creating in and with international communities and ecovillages around the world and finds this sense of belonging to a global tribe incredibly enriching. She works as an organizational consultant and conscious project manager (www.kukolj.eu) but also does many other things if they feel right. Like organizing the European Ecovillage Conference 2017 in Ängsbacka or creating a website for an Eco Retreat on Lombok. She sees life as an exploration and invitation to heal, grow and learn and is dedicated to following the intense path of personal and spiritual growth. She is experienced in organizational development, consulting and coaching with toolbox full of skills combined with strong intuitive wisdom and a non-intrusive way of co-creating.
Mariana is a native brazilian explorer who uses the systemic field of human relations and the physical body as sources of inspiration to trigger self-inquiry. As a community weaver, she is one of the co-founders of the Terra Una Ecovillage and active participant of intentional communities in Europe and Brazil. She has been working on the support and expansion of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). Mariana is also dedicated to the development of systemic technologies for communication and sustainability. In Forum – an alive research method in self-expression and feedback – she found an effective possibility of social innovation, being the pioneer host of Forum practicing groups in Brazil. She is also a Designer for Sustainability through the Gaia Education training (EDE) and a member of Art of Hosting(AOH). One of her passions is to facilitate and catalyse processes of personal empowerment through therapeutic action.
Filipe Miguel Moreira Alves
lead facilitator Economy
Filipe Moreira Alves was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1984. He has a degree in Economics from Instituto Superior das Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), a MSc in Economics and Public Policies, also from ISCTE-IUL and is currently a PhD candidate at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL). Since 2012, Filipe is also a researcher at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes as the University of Lisbon, where he has been involved in several EU-funded projects such as BASE – Bottom Up Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe – and SIRCLE – Social Innovation for Resilient Communities. He has worked extensively developing trainings and using participatory methodologies and action research with a wide variety of stakeholders.
In addition, Filipe has a solid background as a social entrepreneur, having co-founded and lead several cooperatives and associations in the areas of sustainability, social transformation and education. Since 2008, Filipe has been a trainer in the Youth in Action Programme, President of the NGO Ecolution, cooperative-founder of Biovilla and Coopérnico, and an active member of several other NGO’s and social entrepreneurship networks such as ESLIDER and EUCLID. Filipe is also trainer for the European Commission in the topics of Sustainability, Citizenship and Youth Policies, since 2005, and an invited lecturer at Instituto Superior e Economia e Gestão (ISEG) in the field of alternative monetary economics. In 2015, he was the lead facilitator for the economy week of an EDE in the Azores, Portugal. He also participated in the economy week of an EDE in Findhorn in 2011.
Filiipe’s Doctoral thesis focuses on alternative currencies and aims at building an alternative, sustainable monetary theory. It combines empirical observations of complementary currency experiments with the theoretical principles of ecological and degrowth economics. The thesis includes a critical analysis of the current monetary and banking system in western economies, and a comprehensive literature review of alternatives, focusing on community currencies and their influence on real economic variables. Drawing on concrete observations retrieved from fieldwork, interviews with local experts and quantitative data from best practices in Europe, the research then revolves around designing, implementing and evaluating a new currency through the use of Participatory Action-Research methodologies. The experiment itself is the basis for formulating an integrated Sustainable Monetary theory for increased resilience, democratic control and sustainability.
lead facilitator Social & Worldview
Born in 1961, trained originally as a teacher, has been a passionated peace and environmental activist from her youth. When she joined the community, she was involved in the guest department, in giving community trainings, and in working at the communitiy’s children’s house. Being, sharing and learning with and from people was and is her passion.
She was one of the founding members of the ecovillage ZEGG where she has been active in various ways since 1991. For many years she was executive secretary of the Global Ecovillage Network of Europe, (www.gen-europe.org), which supports the implementation of sustainable communities in Europe. Since 2004 she is involved in Gaia Education (www.gaiaeducation.org), a holistic approach for education for the future. She has been a communications trainer and supervisor for 20 years, specializing in building community, creating transparency and trust in group processes. She is familiar with Non-Violent Communication, Deep Ecology and other methods which support people to share from the depth of their hearts.
We are currently talking to suitable candidates and are focussing on male experts to ensure gender balance.
Ecovillage Design Education (EDE)
8 February – 11 March 2018
Arrival & Departure
Arrival day: Thursday 8 February
- Arrival / check-in: 11.00-13.00
- Lunch is served at 13.00
- The course starts at 15.00
Departure day: Sunday 11 March
- The course ends after breakfast
If you would like to arrive early or stay on, please send us an email.
Ängsbacka offers simple accommodation in a homely style. Please look under the tab Price & booking to see what accommodation is being offered during this course.
- All of our accommodation alternatives have shared bathrooms.
- The dorms consists of 4-20 beds (bunk beds).
- Please bring your own towel, bed sheets, pillow cover and duvet cover.
- You can rent a set of sheets & a towel from us for 150 SEK per course.
Breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner are all included. We serve vegetarian food, mostly organic, locally produced and made with love. In connection with your reservation, you can order a vegan diet (this is also the alternative if you’re lactose intolerant), a Gluten-free diet and notify us about nut allergies. If possible, the chef will make adjustments for other allergies, please make the request when you book. Unfortunately, we can not, for practical reasons, accommodate any other food philosophies or diets.
Ängsbacka is an international course and festival center with workshop leaders from around the world. Please be aware that the main language of the courses therefore can be different, e.g. in English, Swedish or Norwegian.
It is good to bring good shoes for walking in the forest surrounding Ängsbacka and an extra towel for a visit to our sauna. You can also rent a special “Sauna” or “Sweat lodge” towel from us for 50 SEK per occasion.
In nearby Molkom, about 1,5 km away, there is an ATM where you can withdraw cash.
Our Café is a nice and cosy meeting place that is always open on Saturdays. Have a coffee or herbal tea along with new meetings and interesting conversations. You can also buy organic pastries, sandwiches and healthy drinks.
In the Ängsbacka Shop we sell a variety of health products and organic bodycare, relaxing music, books, clothes, organic incense, unique jewelry, yoga accessories and more.
No Alcohol or Drugs
Please note that Ängsbacka is a Alcohol and Drug Free place. We dont serve alcohol, and it is not allowed to drink or to be under influence of alcohol or other subtstances when you are at Ängsbacka.
Find your way here
It’s easy to find your way to Ängsbacka by train and bus, or by car. Read more about how to find your way here.
Price & Booking
Ecovillage Design Education (EDE)
8 February – 11 March 2018
Price (sliding scale)
This course is offered with a sliding scale price, please decide based on your current financial means.
Included are accommodation for 4,5 weeks (31 days) in shared rooms, all meals, excursions and materials used during the training:
Low income price: 23.500 SEK (aprox. 2.450€)
Regular price: 29.500 SEK (approx. 3.000€)
Support / company price: 33.500 SEK (approx. 3.450€)
Your fees help cover Ängsbacka’s costs for food and infrastructure as well as fair payment to the trainers and facilitators who will join you.
We are also looking at external funding possibilities and hope to be able to offer bursaries soon.
We are looking forward to meeting you!
Tickets can be paid online by card or by bank transfer.
We encourage you to pay by bank transfer in order for us to avoid the transaction fees imposed on card payments.
If you have problems paying by card (for example due to limited allowance), please contact us for a manual payment link.
While booking you will get further instructions. After booking your ticket, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.
1) Credit/Debit Card
Pay online using your card of choice.
2) Bank Transfer
Deposit payment to Ängsbacka’s Bankgiro account 5038-7448
Swift address: NDEASESS
IBAN: SE63 9500 0099 6026 4418 5510
The adress of the bank: Nordea, Smålandsgatan 17, 105 71 Stockholm
Account name: Ängsbacka Kursgård AB
Important! Please write what event you are paying for, (and your name if you are paying with someone else’s account).
If you use BANK TRANSFER, please pay directly – or at the latest the same day you book – otherwise your booking will not be valid and your place at the event not guaranteed.
In case of cancellation latest one month before the event starts, the cancellation fee is 350 SEK per person. Children and youth (up to 18 years old) pay half this fee. Within one month and until the event starts, the fee is 15% of the total value of your booking. The maximum cancellation fee for one person/booking is 900 SEK.
Please note that when cancelling closer than two weeks before the event starts, a doctor’s confirmation of your inability to participate is required. Refunds will not be made if you cancel after the event has started.
If Ängsbacka would cancel the event, all payments will be refunded.
NOTE that it may take up to one month before you have the refunded amount on your account.
As part of our communication with our customers, we may keep in touch with you who have participated in our courses and festivals by mailing or emailing:
– thank you letters and evaluation surveys
– offerings to sign up for mailing lists in a similar area of interest
– information about similar future events or events with the same workshop leaders.
We also have a general monthly e-mail newsletter where we tell about what is going on at Ängsbacka, upcoming events etc. You can opt in and out of our newsletter at any time.
If you have questions regarding the booking, payment, cancellation, our communication policy etc, please contact us:
Phone: +46 55 31 00 35. (Monday to Friday 10.00 – 13.00)