In this EDE we try to create a close interaction between teachers and students and between students themselves. Participants with expertise in specific fields are invited to share their knowledge with the whole group. Hands-on activities will also be facilitated by course participants. We as teachers will often participate in group – and other processes, partly as supervisors/counsellors, but also co-discovering the actual learnings and the learning process as result of the current (socio-cultural) situation.
Authenticity is achieved by using real situations within learning environments. The exercises will draw on real situations from participants’ and facilitators’ lives, so that the learning will be both an understanding of theory and abstract concepts and – often more important – a deepening experience of the applied concepts in concrete socio-cultural situations. The several levels of learning environment are
- your individual inner universe with your personal imprints from your past life, your world-views, your stories, feelings, possibilities of thoughts,
- the course group with its inter-individual dynamics like shared cultural backgrounds as well as inter-cultural dynamics; personal reactions on one another; co-creations like mutual support and potential shared ideas as well as conflicts and misunderstandings; .
- and the different ecovillages and excursions, with all its existing and tangible examples.
The Dutch EDE team
A lover of learning, Jashana has degrees in Environmental Science, Anthropology, a Masters in Social Ecology and Phd. in Philosophy. In her twenties, she was involved as an activist in attempting to stop the war in Guatemala. That struggle brought her to the alternative community movement with a commitment to become part of the ‘solution’. She was “Community Trained” at Findhorn, and other smaller communities. She also studied yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, Holotropic Breathwork, Psychosynthesis, Skydancing Tantra, Non-Violent Communication, Dragon Dreaming, Deep Ecology, Deep Democracy, Permaculture, Alternative Building (Bamboo) and Alternative Currencies, Sacred Activism and Dance, Dance, Dance … and her desire to keep learning continues!
Paul started as a journalist, then worked for thirteen years at COS Overijssel, a regional knowledge and expertise in the field of development issues and international cooperation, but above all Paul Hendriksen is an ambassador of doing-thinking. In Deventer he put sustainability ideas into practice: Transition Towns. Was initiator of the association Aardehuizen Oost Nederland, a collective enterprise to build a project of 23 houses inspired by the ‘Earthship’ concept in Olst, north of Deventer, Overijssel.
He has expertise in consultancy, project development, organisation and training on sustainability issues. And specialisation in the field of community processes aimed at sustainable development, Transition Towns and related bottom-up initiatives; lectures, presentations and workshops on local resilience and a wide range of sustainability issues, from the philosophical and historical to the practical level (and back); I profoundly believe in Added Value Afterwards.
Monica is a graduate of the Agricultural Teacher High School (STOAS) and has taught courses in horticulture, construction and maintenance, animal husbandry and flower arrangements for more than ten years. Monica, along with students, created a herb garden with more than 300 kinds of spices. She gave tours and training on herbs and gardening. She is author and has written articles for magazines such as ‘De bloemisterij’, ‘Groenten en Fruit’ and ‘De Terugkoppeling’. She is co-author of the student magazines on sustainable technique of ‘De Verbinding’ and worked on the sustainable education project ‘Utrecht Goes Green’. Monica is professional child therapist and team coach. She prefers to accompany children, adults and groups in nature and with the help of horses. Monica did the EDE in Damanhur. Monica is committed volunteer for GEN Netherlands and is engaged in the development of (international) training.
Recently Monica took a masters in Design for Sustainability through Gaia Education and completed the Training of Trainers coarse in Findhorn. Monica became the first Dutch member of the Geese as a certified Gaia Education Trainer.
She is the initiator of ecovillage Akasha.
Jacqueline was born on a farm in north-west England where her love for Nature came from walking the land with her grandfather. Her childhood was split between school in London and holidays on the farm. After graduating from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, she completed post-graduate degrees there and at the University of Amsterdam. For many years she combined work as a theatre director, dramaturg and performing arts critic with teaching theory and practice at universities in various countries. Her lifelong engagement as an activist in the environmental movement and green politics and her commitment to continuous education led her eventually to retrain, taking a masters in Design for Sustainability through Gaia Education at the Open University of Catalonia, after which she completed her Permaculture Design Certificate and went on to take teaching diplomas in Socal Permaculture and Urban Permaculture. She is a fully qualified Gaia Education Ecovillage Design Trainer and has experience in Australia, Thailand, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom. At present she is collaborating on the design for a regenerative project in a former mining area of Western Australia and is researching new developments in microbioogy and plant intelligence.
With simple and affordable techniques, Fedde creates sustainable facilities for sanitation, water and energy in off-grid locations. He gives advice, courses, supervises projects and sells do-it-yourself packages. He calls himself therefore bionier. He currently lives in Groningen. Together with his partner he has a chalet in the City Park. He is also working with a group to set up an ecovillage in Drenthe. Innovation is his profession and passion. His approach is multi-disciplinary, investigative and focused. He is practical, skilled in IT, building and renovation. He can inspire people. In his studies and extensive foreign experience, he learned to find solutions with creativity, perseverance and inner motivation and were fitting the culture, nature and economy.of the countries he was living in. His expertise are ecological sanitation, soil and water conservation, solar energy (low-tech), training and facilitation methods, development strategies and transition and Ecovillages. He studied at Aquatic Eco-Technology, Hogeschool Zeeland, Vlissingen and International Land & Water Management, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), Wageningen.
- In Kenya, he evaluated socioeconomic and environmental impact of sand dams.
- In Suriname he researched how people kept their farmland fertile.
- In Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, he has introduced decentralized technologies along with development organizations in rural areas. He learned all the details on urine-separation toilets, solar water heaters and solar food dryers. In some areas arose small businesses.
- In Bolivia, He learned to drill for water up to 80 meters deep with local materials.
- In an educational bicycle project I cycled such a 12,000 kilometer, I gave mer than 350 workshop hours and built more than 20 solar water heaters, ecological toilets and solar food dryers (see www.theturningwheel.org).
Architect, visionary and inspirator. Graduated from TU Delft in 1980 on passive solar houses. worked seven years for the UN in Africa, rural development. Saw first the possibility of an eco-village on the Forum site. Sees and expects many more ecovillages in the Netherlands. Sailing frequently with his bike, the whike. Specializes in applying sociocracy in living / work communities.
Henk is owner of ‘De Verbinding’; a company that developes education about sustainable technology and sustainability. He is also a science teacher at a secondary high school “Ecolyceum” in Deventer and coordinator at CleanTech. In this job he is building a network of secundary high schools working on sustainability projects. His skills are:
He has been working as a systems administrator for several years. Currently he manages two servers. A webserver running the websites of the Dutch ecovillage Network, the Dutch transition towns network and several websites for my???? company. The other server contains the E-Learning environment.
For his company he uses a Moodle e-leaning environment. The environment contains the courses wrote for students as well as the E-learning environment build for the Dutch EDE course.
As a sustainable science teacher he has been working for eight years at several secondary schools. Next to this he has helped organize the Dutch EDE