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Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) is a success!

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 21:42

Celebrating with you the first Ecovillage Design Education LIVE Online Programme which turned out to be a great success. Coordinated and facilitated by two experienced EDE trainers: Taisa Mattos and Macaco Tamerice, with well-known guest trainers from the Ecovillage Movement, from 14 different countries, including some of the GEESE, such as: Kosha Joubert, May East, …

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Help us choose the Hildur Jackson Award 2021 winner!

Thu, 08/19/2021 - 20:43

We are absolutely thrilled to share with you the 10 finalists of the Hildur Jackson Award! The jury has had a challenging time deliberating, as we have received outstanding 25 applications from 18 countries and across all of the 5 regions. Together with Gaia Trust, GEN developed the Hildur Jackson Award, a €3,000 annual prize …

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Ecovillage in Vietnam Building the New Normal!

Wed, 08/11/2021 - 17:51

Today we unite for a celebration of generosity, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform the world. Xóm Bắc Cầu Ecovillage, Vietnam This is the story of Émilie, who, together with architect Franscesco and teacher Hieu and many other volunteers, has given life to Xóm Bắc Cầu to spread sustainable community living in …

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Moray Ecovillage Development

Tue, 08/10/2021 - 05:13

A Model for Sustainable Community Building in Scotland Based in Moray, North East Scotland, the Moray Ecovillage Development Project was the Moray LEADER-Funded transnational learning exchange project between three Showcase Scottish communities and two international ecovillages Kilden (Hurdal, Norway) & Schloss Tonndorf (Germany).  It was delivered by the grant holder Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and …

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Twining for better engaged community, water and financial sustainability, creating wider impact: Govardhan (India) and Kibbutz Gezer (Israel)

Thu, 07/08/2021 - 11:30

Starting with an appreciation for the diverse cultural background and geographic contexts of the partners, these twins relied on open communication and a shared vision for better-engaged communities along with ecological and financial sustainability. Through community profiling, they shared a learning journey to understand the different approaches to community processes, decision making, and strategic planning. …

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Our Annual Report 2020 is here!

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 05:18

“This gathering of human and non-human beings has never happened before and will never happen again.”             – Charles Eisenstein, GEN Online Summit. As GEN celebrated our 25th year in 2020, and all the contributions that lead us here, no one could imagine the uncertainty the world would face. While gathering …

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“Terra Preta Composting Twin Toilets” Collaboration: Nuestra Finca Sagrada (Nicaragua) & Familia Feliz (Spain)

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 11:58

Turning a challenge into an opportunity, this collaboration addressed the realities of rural living with no plumbing or access to groundwater. As water scarcity increases and soil health depletes, partners creatively saw human excretion as an opportunity to re-value and re-purpose this raw material. Through the Terra Preta System (Dry Compost Toilet), a great low-tech …

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A Year After Winning the Hildur Jackson Award

Thu, 05/20/2021 - 06:03

In 2020, the Hildur Jackson Award jury welcomed a record number of 70 applications from across the globe. Celebrating their diversity and commitment to the network, we honoured the top 10 projects, communities, and ecovillages, giving special mention to the top 2, and selected one official ‘winner’ of the Award. We caught up with the …

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GAIA Netherlands will facilitate a blended (online and in person) EDE, Ecovillage Design Education course

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 15:59

Living differently, more sustainably, and with more meaning: that is something that more people want. How to achieve this is usually an inner quest, often full of questions, alone or with others. The Ecovillage Design Education course helps to map out these questions and to find appropriate sustainable solutions, facilitated by those who’ve been on …

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GEN Recognised by the One World Award

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 13:33

GEN is thrilled to be recognised by the One World Award, which honors global people, projects, initiatives, and ideas that make the world more equitable through ecological, social, and economic improvements. Receiving the award on GEN’s behalf, Kosha Joubert shared wishes for “GEN and each and every community initiating healing relationships in the very depth …

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“Green River” Collaboration: Jacutinga do Caparaó (Brazil) and Catform Community (France)

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 13:30

Water resiliency held a central theme in the youth-focused educational collaboration between these two communities, ca lled Green Rivers. Partners from Jacutinga applied their learning from an online course with Plant’agua association in Brazil, collaborating with 10 learners. They visited a local water planting school for inspiration and observed the terrains to develop locally relevant …

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Rio Muchacho, Ecuadorian Organic Farm, Ecolodge, and emerging Ecovillage is recruiting new members

Tue, 03/16/2021 - 12:29

Located 30 min from Canoa beach, Rio Muchacho was the first ecotourism project conceived and developed as a sustainability education model in Manabí and Ecuador. It was endorsed by National Geographic for this unique concept and chosen as one of it’ s 8 favorite places to stay in Ecuador.  This social enterprise is now evolving and transforming …

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Leading through Action

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 22:45

Visolela Namises, a national leader and advocate for women’s rights for decades has been initiating incredible work in her community in Namibia. With the support of River of Life funds in 2020, Visolela was able to work with women from different communities to develop gardens for food security and nutrition and as a way to …

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“Peace Ark” Collaboration: Peace Valley (Australia) and Korogonas Ark (Greece)

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 14:51

As these two partners combined live in-person and online participation events they were realising that they have been creating an arc of peace around the world. Both projects focus on bringing inner/outer peace and regeneration and therefore were deeply motivated by the shared vision of building cross cultural understanding, mutual support and honouring each other’s …

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Tu B’Shvat Celebration on Kibbutz Gezer: The Jewish Holiday of the Trees

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 14:35

The 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat, or Tu B’ishvat,  is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees.  This is the time when the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel, perhaps most famously the beautiful almond tree, emerge from their winter sleep. Tree planting has always been …

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Collaboration – Centre des Hommes (Togo) & La Bolina (Spain)

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 12:01

With the goals of promoting dialogue about local development and migration while supporting ecologically balanced social entrepreneurship, the twins turned their ideas into reality. Together with the additional support from a GEN Ambassador the two communities produced an educational video series and launched a website for Centre des Hommes. The Community members shared their experiences, …

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Ecovillages and New Normalities

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 05:36

Building the New Normal is really a matter of day-to-day actions of people living together differently. This emerges naturally wherever there is the persistent will (or coercion) to do so. It sounds simple and it is, but it is at the same time a complex undertaking. Dr. Rebeca Roysen has studied these transitional dynamics for …

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Creating healthy, resilient food systems

Fri, 02/12/2021 - 05:03

Linda Kabaira is a dedicated community worker, who runs projects in Zimbabwe and Zambia with young women and schools, focusing on creating home gardens as a tool for ecological regeneration. Linda received funds through the River of Life in 2016 and 2020. Linda’s trainings with young women have focused mostly on growing staple food crops …

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Emergence of the ‘River of Life’ in GEN

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 19:25

In April 2013, 25 African women joined a four week  ‘By Women, For Women’  Ecovillage Design Education (EDE), held by Lua Bashala and Kosha Joubert at Umphakatsi Peace Ecovillage, Mpumalanga, South Africa.  The women exchanged and learned about ecological, cultural, social and economic aspects of sustainable community living and designed small projects to increase the …

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ESC Opportunity with the Global Ecovillage Network in Findhorn, Scotland

Tue, 01/26/2021 - 04:20

In August 2021 we will invite 3 ESC volunteers to the Global Ecovillage Network main office in the Findhorn ecovillage in the North of Scotland to participate in our one year long ESC programme. You will be joining GEN at a very exciting time in our evolution as an organisation and will be working closely …

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