Ecovillage Design Course in Auroville

We are excited to announce that Pitchandikulam Forest is hosting a 5 week Ecovillage Design Education program in December 2016!

To watch our EDE video please visit: EDE Auroville 2016 Video



In a rapidly transforming world, we as humans are being constantly challenged to grow in both thought and action in this universe. A key question to ask ourselves is: how do we behave in relation to the immense challenges posed by human existence on this planet?

The Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) curriculum was developed by the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and Gaia Education as a response to this question, in recognition of the immense potential for growth in human consciousness and behaviour. Recognised by UNESCO, the EDE was specifically designed to enable people and communities coming together to reclaim responsibility for their living situations – at local and regional levels.

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EDE Auroville 2016

At GEN desk in Auroville currently based in Pitchandikulam Forest we are developing an effective and relevant curriculum for an EDE training course for different contexts, whether rural or urban, but particularly for Global South challenges, using Auroville and bioregional experiences as tools for transformation.


This EDE will be 5 week course for youth from Auroville, its Bioregion, India and the World aimed to:

  • Discover the cultural heritage and richness of the Indian subcontinent.
  • Experience one of the world’s largest & oldest Intentional Communities.
  • Immerse in Pitchandikulam Forest as a host site with over 40 years of experience in Restoration Ecology andIntegral Rural Development.
  • Engage in personal self-exploration and worldviews by examining our connection to self and place.
  • Investigate ecological experiments in Water Retention, Agro Forestry, Natural Farming and Appropriate Technologies.
  • Explore the diversity of over 50 nationalities and the ideal of Human Unity.
  • Design projects and develop capacities for integrated ecovillage design.
  • Empower through building capacities in youth as future trainers.


Date of activities

Main Course: 4th of December – 8th of January 2017

Tentative Training of Trainers: 30th of January – 4th of February 2017


Participants & Selection Process

We aim to bring together between 25 – 30 participants. Half of them will be from Auroville and its bioregion, and the rest from India and the rest of the world. We are seeking people deeply interested, motivated individuals active in community, sustainable living, holistic education to come engage in a deeper setting created through the EDE.

To apply: Go here

How you can help:

Please share this course with your networks as we are in the stage of participant selection.

This program will be heavily subsidised particularly for participants in Auroville and its bioregion and we could use your help to be able to offer scholarships. Thank you!

If you are interested to support this program:

Please mention the purpose of your donation (GEN EDE 2016)  in your cover letter or e-mail and specify whether you would like to receive a tax-exemption or normal receipt.


Auroville Donation Gateway

Select the option ‘Other’ and  please specify ‘GEN EDE 2016, Pitchandikulam’

Bank transfers from within India:
State Bank of India Auroville Township,
IFS Code SBIN0003160,
Account name:  Auroville Unity Fund,
Account number: 10237876031,
Specified: GEN EDE 2016, Pitchandikulam

Donations from India are eligible for exemptions under section 80 G of Income Tax Act.

Bank transfer from abroad:
State Bank of India Auroville Township,
Branch Code 03160, Swift Code SBININBB474,
Account: Auroville Unity Fund,
Account number:  10237876508
Specified: GEN EDE 2016, Pitchandikulam

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