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GLOBAL ECOVILLAGE NETWORK NEWS

GAIA UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMS
Gaia University, founded in 2004 and holistic health centres.
to offer accredited Bachelors and Student/associates will be able
Masters degrees to regeneration to study in their own language
students worldwide, has announ- supported by an international web
ced the first International Masters of tutors and advisors. The first
degree programs scheduled to Regional Center is Gaia TN at
begin in 2006. the Farm in the USA. Gaia TN
Gaia U is leading the form- opens as of 2006. Other centres
ation of a confederated, global in Mexico, Brazil, Europe, New
campus and has recently been Zealand, Australia, Africa and
endorsed by GEN-Europe and the US are at the planning
the Ecovillage Network of the stage and some will begin
Americas. Bill Mollison and offering programs in 2006/7.
Declan Kennedy will act as Focused on integrated princi-
senior academic advisers. Gaia ples of Earth Regeneration and
U has international academic the 3 Ethics of Permaculture,
accreditation through IMCA/ the first International Masters
Revans University. programmes will have special- experience in the field. and alternative education.
Using an action-learning, isations in: 4. Transitions: for people or Many of these areas will be
student directed methodology 1. Regional Development of organisations making paradigm fully developed as Bachelor
based on the ground-breaking Gaia U: for people who wish to shifts who seek support in degree pathways by 2007.
UK Permaculture Diploma focus on the strategic develop- making these important and Gaia CERTN hopes to also
Worknet (which has delivered ment of a Gaia U Centre in challenging changes. offer Masters degrees in select
over 160 Diplomas in Applied their (bio) region. Gaia CERTN will also host subjects at this time.
Permaculture Design since 1992) 2. Ecovillage Design: classes or apprenticeships in To find out more and to
Gaia U International programs integrated community design, sustainable agriculture, eco- register for 2006 courses,
are the fore-runners of a raft of urban and rural. village design, natural health, contact Gaia CERTN at
Regional programs which will 3. Permaculture Design: appropriate technology, soy gaia@thefarm.org as well as
be offered through the confed- Advanced applied permaculture technology, sustainable busi- Gaia University’s website at
erated ecovillages, permaculture design for those who have ness management, fine arts gaiauniversity.org

Gaia Education - A New Global Educational Initiative Is Launched
of a process of consultation community in the north of
between leading ecovillage Scotland, summed up the
educators on every continent importance of the new init-
over the last several years. iative in the following terms:
Its purpose is to formalise “What this programme offers
and make available to a wide – uniquely – is an educational
public the experience garnered package based on the exper-
by ecovillages internationally in iences of communities around
pioneering successful models the world in designing and
of sustainability. Over the next implementing sustainability-
two years, the ecovillage related initiatives. It offers
educational package designed both a conceptual road-map
by Gaia Education will be run to a more sustainable society
as pilot programmes in and the tools for achieving this
UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves – through community-level
in Cuba and Slovenia and in renewable energy generation,
Gaia Education, a new global This initiative has been numerous ecovillages affil- organic food production,
educational initiative that welcomed and endorsed by iated to the Global Ecovillage ecological building techniques,
aims to distil international UNITAR and UNESCO as Network in Australia, Italy, biological waste management,
ecovillage experience into a an important contribution to Germany, Scotland, Mexico, sustainable transport systems,
common curriculum, has been educational efforts under the USA, Brazil, Denmark and community governance and
launched following a meeting umbrella of the United Nations Senegal. so on.”
of senior ecovillage educators Decade of Education for May East, Gaia Education For more details, contact May
at Galgafarm ecovillage in Sustainable Development. Programme Director based at East at mayeast@findhorn
Hungary in May. Gaia Education is the product the Findhorn Foundation .org

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GLOBAL ECOVILLAGE NETWORK NEWS

Global Ecovillage Forum, China GEN-Europe’s 2005 AGA
NEWS IN BRIEF
RIVE MEETING
The 9th RIVE (Rete Italiana
Villaggi Ecologici) meeting
was held in July at Il Forteto,
near Florence, a socially
engaged community founded
in the 1980s. Over 150
people, including the repre-
sentatives of 13 ecovillages,
gathered to discuss some of GEN-Europe’s Annual General
the central topics of eco- Assembly was hosted by the
village life: how to start an Galgafarm ecovillage near
ecovillage and avoid common Budapest, Hungary. It was
mistakes, how to commun- attended by 43 people from
icate effectively making 18 countries.
decisions by facilitation and The Great People’s Hall of Beijing, Tennessee, US presented on For the first time the Net-
consensus, how to accept China was host to the recent Ecocities. work has no significant source
that “ecovillages are not First Global Forum on Standards The Forum was part of a 14- of external funding and much
paradise”...! for Ecovillages and Ecoregions day trip in which the presenters of the discussion was devoted
The Italian network was in China. It was organized by the also held meetings with the to considering how to continue
started in 1996 in Alessano Ministry of Forestry, GERDF government of Shaowu City, to operate in the future.
(Puglia), and it has now been (a GEN partner in the EcoEarth Fujiang province. A Memo of Despite the current funding
formally founded as a non- Alliance) and other government Understanding was signed with squeeze, the tone of the
profit association. The newly and private partners. the Mayor and other government meeting was decidedly up-beat
elected Wisdom Council is More than 300 guests heard officials to work toward the and optimistic, with the
formed by members of La an address by Liora Adler, long- building of a model ecovillage in members resolved to continue
Comune di Bagnaia, Torri time GEN activist. She high- their region and the restoration of providing many of the current
Superiore, Il Popolo degli Elfi, lighted the achievements of eco- an ancient town as part of their services, even if on a voluntary
Ecovillaggio Basilico and villages worldwide and stressed vision for economic sustainability basis.
AAM Terra Nuova. In Septem- their importance in a global through ecotourism. All present were very
ber, Basilico (Prato) organised strategy of Earth Regeneration. Also, through an NGO contact impressed with the achieve-
a regional congress on Andy Langford of GEN-Europe in Taiwan, the Community ments of the Galgafarm eco-
“Ecovillage: the ecological Council presented a talk to Sustainability Assessment of village, winner of the 2004
footprint of those who walk the Ministry of Forestry about GEN has now been translated to Ecovillage Excellence Award
on tiptoes”, and a members’ the importance of integrated Chinese and this will be posted and delighted with the trad-
meeting, open to ecovillage ecovillage and permaculture on the GEN website. itional Hungarian dancers who
representatives, will be held design. Valerie Seitz, of the For further information, contact helped end the event on such a
in January. For further details, Ecovillage Training Center in Liora Adler: Lioraadler@aol.com high note.
contact Lucilla Borio at
Lucilla@gen-europe.org
GEN Education Breakthrough in Brazil
CAR-FREE ECOVILLAGE
CREATED IN FRANCE practitioners plus UNESC
A 500 strong march which teachers led by May East,
was held to campaign for a Programme Director of Gaia
world with a much reduced Education.
role for the private motor Over the next 12 months
vehicle has created a tem- UNESC will be aligning financial
porary car-free ecovillage. and institutional support for
The site of the village is the the first Brazilian University-
new eco-site of Passerelle led Ecovillage Training to start
Eco, France’s ecovillage net- in July 2006. The new Gaia
work and magazine. The Education Ecovillage Design
marchers decided to create Education curriculum will be
it as an experiment in co- offered in 2007.
operative and sustainable For the last three years Gaia
living. They also participated Village has been the focal point
in local eco-building, carpen- By the shores of the South Network of the Americas), the for the annual Brazilian ECO-
try, permaculture gardening, Atlantic, at the recently inaugur- Findhorn Foundation and SUST & ENA Brazil meetings.
solar cooking, wild plant ated Gaia Village Training Centre UNESC-University of Extremo It has a permaculture design
cooking and Tai Chi Chuan. in Garopaba beach, Brazil, a Sul Catarinense. by Max Lindegger and is one of
Contact: Jean Luc Girard, Memorandum of Understanding This is the result of a the ecovillage hosts of the
jeanlucgirard@online.fr or and Partnership has been signed synergistic year of curriculum forthcoming Ecovillage Training.
passerelles.eco@free.fr between GEN (the Global Eco- development involving Brazilian For further info, contact May
village Network), ENA (Ecovillage sustainability educators and East: mayeast@findhorn.org

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