EDE Ibiza, Spain
This EDE in particular is orientated towards semi-urban spaces and existing local organizations. To create true regeneration and sustainability we must be able to work within existing structures within society. Working within existing constraints and structures teaches us to think creatively, look at what is already in front of us, re-purpose collaboration and resource sharing, come up with solutions, harness existing technologies appropriately, and think in systems.
Systemic problems require systems thinking solutions. Eco-villages provide a great blueprint for how we can live more sustainably. However almost 60% people live in cities and cities contribute over 70% of global CO2 emissions. At the same time there are already many networks of people, communication, energy and infrastructure that already exists in cities.
This provides a great opportunity to use and re-purpose and transform existing networks, resources and energy that are not serving our planet or our people. We don't need more. In fact we need less and more collaboration that focuses on what we want to see, instead of fearing what we don't want.
If cities are not sustainable then we cannot be sustainable as a human race, we can’t just create regenerative cultures in rural spaces. People need to see ecovillages as a living example, or at least see models, techniques, structures and processes that work to believe that it's possible.
Without seeing an example in their daily life, how would they even know that alternatives exists and work?We would like to invite you on this incredible journey, which changed our lives, activated our dreams, and created the tools and confidence to act upon those dreams, to believe in ourselves and creating a better world around us.
Goals of the Course
The EDE Programme is organised as a mandala called the sustainability wheel, encompassing what we perceive to be the four primary dimensions of human experience - Worldview, Ecological, Social, and Economic aspects.
Inspired by tenants of the Transition Movement you will know the challenges and points of leverage in eco-villages and urban spaces.
- You will gain a clearer idea of how to bridge eco-village/permaculture world with urban spaces.You will learn about appropriate technologies and skills in the social, ecological, economic and worldview dimension, giving you a holistic education about sustainability and regeneration.
- Exploring solutions and experiencing effective models to transform society
- Learn how to bridge build across a) local, bio-regional and international scales of society, b) diverse cultures, c) different stakeholders and actors within a project d) semi-urban eco-projects
- Design groups to learn key consultancy skills, know how to apply ecovillage and permaculture design skills to a semi-urban environment and existing organization. Applying systems and design thinking, change management, and dragon dreaming project management.
- Gain clarity on how to start or implement project management based on your own strengths, skills and interests.
- Optimize, re-purpose existing networks to benefit all stakeholders. Ability to develop strong relationships with, existing networks.
- Understand the key needs of local bio-regional and international actors on the project under study.
- Create value for local economies by providing local business, organizations or initiatives with ideas & solutions oriented in systems thinking through the consultancy design groups. These must be SMART.
- Work with and learn from local, international and intergenerational facilitators through the course and the discussion panel. Understanding different perspectives and points of view.
- By engaging in experiential learning along with cognitive, kinesthetic (+ other learning) you will leave with a theoretical, practical and embodied knowledge after the course.
You will Gain
- Certification by Gaia Education as an EDE designer
Integrative design skills in four areas of sustainability: ecology, economy, social aspects & culture
- First step for setting up EDE-courses in your region
- New friends, ideas, inspiration and hope!
Ibiza is a Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. Today It has roughly 160,000 inhabitants, and is well known to be a travellers island since 2000BC. Its population and island size makes it a unique nucleus in which density flocks to the island in the summer and autumn months while remaining quiet and rural during the winter months. It features qualities of being both urban and rural by the nature of its various night and day life activities, small towns, incredible untouched nature, international food supply and stores, coupled with local organic grown food and tucked away farms. It is both international and touristic, but rural and secluded. There are urban structures yet rural spaces.
Can we create spaces where small, self-sufficient communities that live from their natural environment can cater to this world of increasing interconnectivity and globalization? In other words a space where practices and ways of life in eco-villages can be prompted in urban spaces and vice versa?
La Pandilla, our program accommodation and learning space is not an eco-village itself. However, the space and its people give you the room to be able to explore, learn and directly apply what its like to create practices and principles of eco-villages within a semi-urban space. Guided by our facilitators who have decades of experiences within eco-villages coupled with exposure to local organizations that orient themselves to regeneration and sustainability this program will give you the best of both worlds.
La Pandilla was born as an accommodation and creative oasis for artists, explorers, and individuals looking to explore what it means to live collectively. La Pandilla, provides a communal space of living from individuals of all walks of life through its cultural center
Pandilla is just a 10 minute drive from the Ibiza airport. It is a space focused on creativity, connection, and regeneration. The participant accommodations are positioned in a horseshoe shape around a central plaza. There is a large indoor classroom and also a rooftop space to hold class when the weather cooperates.
Find out more on La Pandilla website
How to run an EDE?
Several of our EDE graduates have carried on organising EDE programmes in their local areas, and you are warmly encouraged to do so after completing your course.
The recommended time frame of an EDE is four weeks, however this is not fixed and varies with each individual programme.
The material can be condensed into smaller workshops, spread out over a longer period, or distributed in blocks at different times and locations.