Programme Overview

Type: e-Learning
Start Date:
March 4, 2024
Length: 6 weeks
Study Time: 3 to 5 hours / week
Facilitated by Daniel Wahl
Registrations: until March 12, 2024

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Explore the 4 Dimensions with an expert 

Since its initial launch in 2005, many people from all corners of the world have deepened their capacity to be of service to their local communities and regional ecosystems and economies by applying Gaia Education's 4 dimensional whole systems design curriculum to their work as educators, entrepreneurs, consultants, public servants and activists. 

Gaia Education’s ‘Ecovillage Design Education’ (EDE) face to face training involves 125 hours of facilitated community learning and teaching. Gaia Education’s Design for Sustainability (GEDS) online course suggests 400 hours of learning to complete the course. 

This course introduces the content and methodologies used in both the EDE and the GEDS in some depth. Daniel will show how the programmes compliment each other and together increase people's capability to facilitate participatory design practice and expand their capacity to draw from and integrate multiple perspectives and worldviews.  Nearly 20 years of experience demonstrate how these programmes have enabled participants around the world to actively participate in the social, ecological and economic regeneration of their communities and bioregions.

The 4D curriculum offers people in place a series of guiding questions and illustrative examples through which they can collectively map how life’s regenerative impulse shows up in their specific context. The designer focus on co-creative implementation in constant dialogue with people and place combined with the necessary humility resulting from a kin-centric worldview and attitude of ‘careholdership’ for all of life regenerate the symbiotic relationships between people and place. The design literacy provided by the GEDS is - when combined with the skillful facilitation of in person ‘tribal learning’ through dance, song, art, and community building hands-on activities- a powerful support for those engaged in community and bioregional regeneration. The course also includes deep sharing in council, meditation and communing with humans and nature. It is this combination that make these programmes deeply transformative and enabling.

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The journey outline:

  • From the 3 pillars of sustainability to the 4D of regenerative design
  • Starting upstream: worldviews and organizing ideas as metadesign 
  • Designing for social regeneration
  • Designing for ecological regeneration
  • Designing for economic regeneration
  • Coming home to place in a glocal world: bioregional regeneration

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"A regenerative human culture is healthy, resilient and adaptable; it cares for the planet and it cares for life in the awareness that this is the most effective way to create a thriving future for all of humanity." - Daniel C. Wahl

About the programme

In this 6 webinar based online learning journey Daniel will take participants through the (r)evolutionary whole systems design curriculum that underlies most of Gaia Education’s core programmes. The four dimensional design mandala can help us deepen our understanding of regenerative design not as an object or deliverable focussed comercial activity, but as a place- and culture-sourced process of collective learning how to reinhabit places, communities and bioregions regeneratively.

In this short online learning journey, Daniel will take participants through each of the four dimensions, offering an overview of the material covered in each, while relating them to each other as an integrated dynamic whole.

Who is this course for?

Whether you are a community activist, socio-ecological entrepreneur, design educator, public servant, facilitator, consultant or in a leadership position of a large company, this mini-series will offer you ample food for thought as well as practical examples of how people are engaging in regenerative design from a kin-centric understanding of our participation in nested complexity.

The course can be taken without prior experience of Gaia Education's programmes and provides a standalone learning journey into regenerative design literacy. At the same time, it helps graduates of the GEDS and EDE deepen into how to apply their learning in a regenerative way, and serves as an excellent introduction to those considering either of these programmes. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and collective exploration. We will make it highly interactive and fun, while providing time for deep reflection. 

Enjoy this opportunity to draw on Daniel's nearly 20 year experience in teaching, writing content for and evolving Gaia Education's educational offer in support of a regenerative future!

Course Logistics

  • Weekly 2hr live session with Daniel Wahl - Mondays at 7 PM UTC
  • Weekly 1hr drop-in Zoom call with Gaia host for participants co-learning and dialogue - Thursdays at 7PM UTC
  • Weekly recommended and optional reading and optional video dialogues, plus access to the recorded live sessions (should you have to miss one)

Course Instructor

Daniel Christian Wahl is one of the catalysts of the rising reGeneration, one of the original GEESE (founders of Gaia Education), the first author of the GEDS 4 Dimensions and the author of the book Designing Regenerative Cultures and many expressive articles. He works as a consultant, educator and activist with NGOs, businesses, governments and global change agents. With degrees in biology and holistic science, and a PhD in Design for Human and Planetary Health, his work has influenced the emerging fields of regenerative design and salutogenic design. Winner of the 2021 RSA Bicentenary Medal for applying design in service to society. Awarded a two year Volans-Fellowship in 2022.

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His acclaimed book "Designing Regenerative Cultures" is a significant reading for the regenerative movement, so far translated into seven languages.

"This book is a valuable contribution to the important discussion of the worldview value system we need to redesign our businesses, economies and technologies - in fact, our entire culture - so as to make them regenerative rather than destructive" - Fritjot Capra, author of The Web of Life.

"By starting with questions and keeping questions throughout, Daniel engages the reader and by example frees her from striving for, or pretending to know, any final answers. This approach invites trust, opennes and a restructuring of the mind" - Joana Macy, author of Worls as Lover, World as Self and others..

Check out some of Daniel's talks