The Dutch EDE vision

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

 

Jashana Kippert
Jashana Kippert
Teacher
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.
Holistic Worldview
Paul Hendriksen
Paul Hendriksen
Teacher
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.
social permaculture, eco-building, community building, economics
Monica Petter
Monica Petter
Teacher
Monica prefers to accompany children, adults and groups in nature and with the help of horses. She 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.
Horticulture, Group constellations, Coaching with Horses - Certified Gaia Education Trainer
Jacqueline Fletcher
Jacqueline Fletcher
Teacher
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.
Permaculture - Certified Gaia Education Trainer
Fedde Joritsma
Fedde Joritsma
Teacher
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.
Low tech
FredJan Twigt
FredJan Twigt
Teacher
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.
Sociocracy
Henk Petter
Henk Petter
Teacher
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.
ICT, Education