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24 April – 23 May 2019 (preliminary dates)

Ecovillage Design Education (EDE)

~ Design for sustainability ~

with Katja Kukolj, Anna Kovasna & Mariana França 

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.


Intensive training for personal, social and planetary thriving

    • 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.

Read more at www.ecovillagedesign.se

See the rich four week sceduele

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More info:

  • The training is in English.
  • There are a limited number of spaces available and the course runs only with a minimum of 15 participants. To ensure that the training takes place and to confirm your participation, please book your ticket as soon as possible.
    For any questions, comments, ideas please write to us: ede@angsbacka.se. We are excited to hear from you!

Warmly welcome to the Ängsbacka Ecovillage Design Education!

 Anna Kovasna, Sweden

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.




Katja Kukolj; Germany + nomad

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 França, Brazil

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, Portugal

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.

Ina Meyer-Stoll, Germany

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.

Further facilitators

We are currently talking to suitable candidates and are focussing on male experts to ensure gender balance.

Practical Information

Ecovillage Design Education (EDE)

24 April – 23 May 2019 (preliminary dates)



Arrival & Departure

More detailed information will come!



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.





The Food

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.

General Information

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)

24 April – 23 May 2019 (preliminary dates)



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 (4-6 beds), 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!









Payment Methods

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

From Sweden:
Deposit payment to Ängsbacka’s Bankgiro account 5038-7448

From abroad:
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).


Booking Terms

If you use BANK TRANSFER, please pay on the same day as you book.


Cancellation policy

This course requires a minimum of 15 participants (max 25). Last date to book and pay is set to December 22nd, 2017. Participants that have signed up will know if the course happens by the 8th of January, 2018. In case of cancellation from our side, the full amount will be refunded to the participant. 
If a participant decides to cancel we will refund the amount paid minus a registration fee of 700 SEK. For refunds please contact booking @ angsbacka.se
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.


Communication policy

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:
E-mail: booking@angsbacka.se
Phone: +46 55 31 00 35. (Monday to Friday 10.00 – 13.00)