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 teachings 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 participants as a 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

Paul Hendriksen
Paul Hendriksen
Social Permaculture, New Economics, Transition

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.

Social Permaculture, New Economics, Transition
Henry <br>Mentink
Henry
Mentink
New economy, Uno Box
Mark<br>Huser
Mark
Huser
Reconnecting to nature, transformation of consciousness, social engaged spirituality.
Mark Huser and Maya van Oosterhout are the driving force behind Earth Awareness foundation. Both have a treasure of practical experience and knowledge in off-grid living, recycling and upcycling. They lovingly take care of a part of a former military estate and have been able to magically transform this into a beautiful and creative inspiration centre, where many events take place. The zenith of their creation power is the Temple of Nature they have been building together since 2012. This eco-art project is an expression of their holistic worldview, recognisable for every human being and fitting for a society in transition. As artists with imaginative power they are looking for ways to express what’s living within society. They get inspiration of years of cooperation with indigenous tribes and their traditions. During many international meetings Mark & Maya have developed a different worldview which they express in the Temple. Mark can be seen as a multidisciplinary artist, all-round technician, musician and a visionary and truthful speaker. Maya is an energetic, creative spirit with love for natural, simple and healthy life. She works for re-honouring female heritage. Together they have followed much shamanistic training and contribute in an authentic way to creating paradise on earth.
Reconnecting to nature, transformation of consciousness, social engaged spirituality.
Maya van Oosterhout
Maya van Oosterhout
RECONNECTING TO NATURE, TRANSFORMATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS, SOCIAL ENGAGED SPIRITUALITY.
Maya van Oosterhout and Mark Huser are the driving force behind Earth Awareness foundation. Both have a treasure of practical experience and knowledge in off-grid living, recycling and upcycling. They lovingly take care of a part of a former military estate and have been able to magically transform this into a beautiful and creative inspiration centre, where many events take place. The zenith of their creation power is the Temple of Nature they have been building together since 2012. This eco-art project is an expression of their holistic worldview, recognisable for every human being and fitting for a society in transition. As artists with imaginative power they are looking for ways to express what’s living within society. They get inspiration of years of cooperation with indigenous tribes and their traditions. During many international meetings Mark & Maya have developed a different worldview which they express in the Temple. Mark can be seen as a multidisciplinary artist, all-round technician, musician and a visionary and truthful speaker. Maya is an energetic, creative spirit with love for natural, simple and healthy life. She works for re-honouring female heritage. Together they have followed much shamanistic training and contribute in an authentic way to creating paradise on earth.
RECONNECTING TO NATURE, TRANSFORMATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS, SOCIAL ENGAGED SPIRITUALITY.
Monica<br>Petter
Monica
Petter
4D framework, deep listening, river of life
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
Katrien van den Bergh
Katrien van den Bergh
Compassionate communication, sociocracy, personal empowerment and leadership, building community.
Kartien has been living on Vlierhof since February 2017. Working here gave her much experience in sociocratic decision-making, self management and community building. She has done several courses, in non violent communication, community building and group facilitation. Katrien grew up in Basel, Switzerland, studied sociology and English and then went exploring. Her experiences in Esalen, a living and working community in California led her to search for further community experiences and land on Vlierhof. She graduated from the Dutch EDE in 2017.
Compassionate communication, sociocracy, personal empowerment and leadership, building community.
Sally Hafez Bahgat
Sally Hafez Bahgat
Right livelihood, appropriate technology, restoring nature and rebuilding after disaster.
Sally established the Oasis Community Center as a sustainability education center, a 10,000 square meters piece of greenery and desert land, carrying eco-friendly buildings and facilitating children’s environmental activities.In order to help solve the problem of scarcity of energy, water, and food, the Oasis Community Center provides curricula-based-education, hands-on training, and practical show-casing to school kids on sustainability issues. This is done through Oasis Green Day and Green Camp for children from national and international schools, and university undergraduates. In order to provide the same standard of environmental education to all Egyptian kids, Sally founded Khadra, a long-term education project for children from public schools and orphanages about environmentalism, where children learn about gardening, up cycling and recycled fashion. Through Khadra, and in collaboration with PwC, Oasis aspires to be part of the solution for environmental sustainability in Egypt by educating and encouraging school children to make lifestyle changes and to adopt simple habits to manage solid waste, conserve energy and water. Sally wishes to see this center replicated nation-wide as satellites, acting as local flagship for sustainability education all over Egypt, and thereafter for all Arabic-speaking countries. The satellites shall be operated by women from the locality, serving the neighboring schools, and university students. Satellites will then be a game-changer of the education scheme nation-wide, as well as opportunities for women’s employment.
Right livelihood, appropriate technology, restoring nature and rebuilding after disaster.
Henk<br>Petter
Henk
Petter
ICT, Education
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

When and where can i do this course?

The course is given for the duration of four weeks in three different locations in five different blocks of five days. You can follow the course as a whole or choose any of the parts separately. Attending a minimum of 90% of all the compulsory parts allows you to obtain the certificate.

Social dimension June 22 – 27, 2019. Location: Michäelshof.
Worldview dimension June 27 - July 2, 2019. Location: Michäelshof.
Economical dimension July 3 – 8, 2019. Location: Veerhuis Varik.
Ecological dimension July 9 – 14, 2019. Location: Aardehuizen Olst.
Holistic Design July 14 – 20, 2019. Location: Aardehuizen Olst.

Michäelshof

Michäelshof

Veerhuis Varik

Veerhuis Varik

Aardehuizen Olst

Aardehuizen Olst

EDE course fees

Fees include Course, course materials, meals, lodging in a dormitory or in your own tent at the campsite.

 

Discount and grant opportunities

Some participants from abroad may be eligible for subsidy. Besides this there is an arrangement for students. A limited number of students can take the EDE course with a discount. Be quick to register! A discount can also be earned as a volunteer for the EDE course. Here too, a limited number of places are reserved for this. Contact us to ask for the conditions for subsidy and / or discount.

Day rhythm

  • Breakfast 08.00-08.30
  • Mindfulness30-09.00
  • Check in / practical issues 09.00-09.15
  • Community work 09.15-09.45
  • Break 09.45-10.00
  • Course 10.00-11.15
  • Course 11.30-13.00
  • Lunch 13.00-13.30
  • Course 15.00-18.00
  • Dinner 18.00-18.30
  • Clan time / sharing 19.30-20.00
  • Course 20.00-21.30

For whom?

  • Students with an interest in sustainable design
  • Teachers who want to educate on sustainability
  • People who are interested in developing sustainable group projects
  • Residents or builders of sustainable communities and eco villages
  • Urban and rural activists, organizers and designers
  • Urban planners and municipalities who want to bring about a positive change for their citizens
  • University faculties that want to offer their students a holistic approach
  • Professionals in architecture, engineering and construction
  • Local businesses and multinational companies interested in social, sustainable and ethical issues

Components

The program consists of several fun components:

The theory is explained on the basis of the twenty themes that are illustrated in the sustainability mandala, with the help of exercises and examples. The theory is linked to the experiences gained during the exercises and the knowledge, skills and personal experiences of the participants.

The EDE uses many different methods. The theory is also applied in practice. From the beginning, the group forms a community in which tasks are divided among the participants. In addition, we regularly practice practical skills, such as working with clay, gardening in the permaculture garden, making art and making designs.

The training is given at various locations. A guided tour is organized at each location. Excursions in the area are also part of the curriculum. The following locations are included:

  • Earthships in Earthhouses Olst
  • Natural Temple at Earth Awareness Teuge
  • NGO center and permaculture garden Michaelshof
  • Veerhuis Varik

In the final block of the training, design groups are created that work together on an assignment. The assignment is based on real problems and on the targets that the participants have set themselves. At the end, the participants present the results to each other.

At the beginning of the EDE training you get the opportunity to formulate the goals you want to work on during the course. During the EDE training we will concentrate on different ways to work on our own goals. We work with peer-to-peer groups, where you can reflect on your own processes in pairs. We also work with 'home' groups (CLANS), which reflect on group processes, the content of the EDE, personal goals and feedback. CLAN time of half an hour is scheduled every day.

Every day we pay attention to relaxation through meditation, mindfulness and visualization.

Learning outcomes

 

Social Design

In the Social Dimension module participants learn:

  • to develop a common vision for a collective project, including and transcending individual perspectives;
  • to make decisions that everyone can accept and support;
  • to improve their communication skills and communicate in a more compassionate way;
  • to deal with conflict and diversity as an invitation to growth.

 

Ecological Design

In Ecological Dimension module participants explore:

  • Whole Systems Approach to Ecological Design;
  • Benefits of Bioregionalism;
  • Key principles in the application of Appropriate Technologies for clean energy, living water, green buildings and healthy soils.
  • 'hands on' play with earth materials and mini eco-kits to purify waters, tours of local gardens and eco-buildings, calculating carbon footprints and opportunities for artistic expression.

 

Economic Design

In Economic Dimension module participants explore:

  • The dominant pattern and possible leverage points for change within today's globalised economy;
  • Ways to bring economic life into alignment with ecological values;
  • Right livelihood & social enterprise;
  • How money works; community banks and local currencies;
  • Relevant legal and financial issues for Ecovillage projects.

Worldview

In the Worldview Dimension module participants learn:

  • to recognise and communicate sustainability to diverse worldviews;
  • to create a deep connection with Nature through personal experience;
  • to develop a regular spiritual practice that facilitates the ability to balance inner and outer work;
  • to design ceremonies for the most significant moments in their projects;
  • to apply transition principles and ingredients in their project.