March 9 - April 5, 2014

Eco-Village Design Gathering: a Certified Gaia Education EDE Training

Join us for the annual Eco-Village Design Gathering at InanItah, where we will respond to current global tranformation by designing and modeling opportunities for long-term sustainable and evolutionary living. The coursework explores and weaves together the four basic areas of sustainable community development and is certified as a Gaia Education Ecovillage Design Program in partnership with the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

This is a participatory and experiential event. In addition to classroom time, discussions, media experiences, celebrations and rituals, we will take a practical hands-on approach to the curriculum, applying this course to help grow our eco-village. We will show how the Ecovillage Design Education mandala is universally applicable on global, community and personal levels.

Week 1: Social 

  • Community Development
  • Health & Healing
  • Personal Development & Leadership
  • Relationship Awareness & Dynamics
  • Non-violent Communication
  • Consensus Process & Decision Making Methods
  • Personal Empowerment
  • Local, Bioregional & Global Outreach

Week 2: Ecological 

  • Natural building
  • Appropriate Technologies
  • Water & Energy Systems
  • Permaculture Design
  • The Tantra of Permaculture
  • Integrated Ecovillage Planning
  • Restoring Nature & Rebuilding
  • Local & Raw Food
  • Connecting with Nature
  • Sweatlodge

Week 3: Economic 

  • Developing Cottage Industries
  • Barter & Trade Circles
  • Right Livelihood
  • Community Banks & Currencies
  • Alternative Economies
  • Socially Responsible Enterprise
  • Economics: A Permaculture Perspective
  • Legal Structures & Financial Planning

Week 4: Worldview 

  • Holistic Worldview & Whole System Design
  • Transforming Consciousness
  • Ancestral Constellations
  • Shamanism & Eco-Psychology
  • Vision Quest & Sweat Lodge
  • Celebration & Ritual
  • Tantra, Yoga & Meditation
  • Socially Engaged Spirituality
  • Spirit Inspired Arts & Creativity
  • Sacred Geometry
  • Facilitating Collective Visioning

Yoga, tantra, and dynamic meditations will be offered on weekdays along with weekly Transparency Circles to deepen group intimacy. Everyone will also have a role in supporting the community through meal preparation, clean-up and general chores on the land. One weekend will include a Cross Cultural Workshop Day where the greater InanItah community including local co-creators are invited to share in celebrating and sharing our cultural gifts.

Primary Facilitators

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Fundacion InanItah, in partnership with Gaia Education and in cooperation with Project Nuevo Mundo present the annual Eco-Village Design Gathering: a Certified Gaia Education EDE Training based on the Gaia Education Ecovillage Design Curriculum – an official contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014. Gaia Education is associated with the Global Ecovillage Network.

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