[permaculture] Gaia University: Action Learning Degrees for EcoSocial Regeneration
livingmandala at livingmandala.com
Fri Oct 2 19:17:52 EDT 2009
Dear Friends of the Earth,
Heard of Gaia University?
It's an an action-learning based institution for higher learning
rooted in the Permaculture ethics offering bachelors, masters and post-
graduate degrees for action-learning project work in personal,
cultural, and planetary transformation.
Check it out.
Gaia University Orientation & Degree Programs
Integrative EcoSocial Design / Organizing Learning for EcoSocial
Regeneration / Open Topic
Hosted by the Sustainable Farm Institute, U.S. Virgin Islands
Dec 1 - 13, 2009
For more information visit www.gaiauniversity.org
What is Gaia University?
Gaia University is a growing institution for higher learning with a
unique approach. Our students ('associates') are able to earn
accredited Bachelors & Masters degrees and Graduate Diplomas while
actively engaged in self and planetary transformation and ecosocial
How it Works
Gaia U is based on a methodology called Action Learning and is guided
by the principles of Earth Care, People Care, & Fair Share. Within
that framework, associates work on self-selected, self-directed
projects anywhere in the world they choose, documenting their outcomes
and learning process along the way. Throughout their program, they
are supported by an international network of learning providers,
advisors and mentors and a collaborative online e-learning environment.
Cultivating World Changers
By fusing passion and vision with self-directed practical experience,
associates initiate and nurture local and global sustainability,
regeneration, justice and peace. At the same time, they refine their
skills and deepen their experience to become more effective world
Integrative EcoSocial Design (IESD) BSc, MSc, GD*
For those wanting to integrate ecological and social aspects of design
into projects that focus on ecosystems, societies, communities,
technologies, and personal lifestyles.
Organizing Learning for EcoSocial Regeneration (OLE) MSc, GD
For those interested in applied organizational learning and design.
Some people focus on the development of a GU regional center as their
Open Topic (OT) BSc, MSc, GD
For those who are working at a strategic level as world changers and
want to design their own program topic.
*GD Post Masters Graduate Diploma
Orientation Workshop: Dec 1-8, 2009
Extension Workshop (IESD & OLE): Dec 9 - 13, 2009
Closing workshop year: Dec, 2010
Closing workshop year 2 & Gradutation: Dec, 2011
Re-evaluation Counseling Fundamentals
Workshop (optional, open to the public): Dec 14 - 17, 2009
Venue: Sustainable Farm Institute, U.S. Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute is over one hundred
acres of rolling green hills and valleys nestled in the highlands of
the northwest corner of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. VISFI
promotes the development of agroecology: an innovative field of
agriculture that enjoins productivity with resource conservation by
using ecological and indiginous management models to create
sustainable life systems. We believe local, organic agriculture and a
practical educational experience are the first steps toward building
vital communities and achieving long term sustainability within a
healthy environment. These beliefs have led us to the establishment of
our Four Pillars: Education, Sustainability, Community, and
Environment. We use these focal points to guide decisions that will
promote our farm’s vision. For more information visit www.visfi.org
Instructors & Facilitators
The Orientation will be lead by Gaia University co-founders and co-
presidents - Andrew Langford and Liora Adler.
Andrew Langford and Liora Adler have spent the last 35 years working
to create projects and tools to address the personal, social, and
global transformation of our times.
Andrew brought Permaculture to the UK in 1986 and initiated the
Permaculture Association of Britain, as well as the Permaculture
Diploma WorkNet upon which the design of Gaia University is based. He
has been active in the European permaculture and ecovillage networks,
is a member of the European Permaculture Council and has served on the
European Council of the Global Ecovillage Network.
Liora has focused on the human architecture underlying ecovillages and
other social change groups. She has shared her experience and
knowledge in 30 countries, as a member of the Board of Directors of
the Global Ecovillage Network, its representative to the UN, and as a
co-founder of two ecovillage projects in Latin America, Huehuecoyotl
Ecovillage in Mexico and La Caravana Arcoiris por la Paz, a mobile
project now, ending after 12 years.
Andrew Langford, MSc and PCDip
Gaia University Co-founder and President - www.gaiauniversity.org
Founder of the Permaculture Association of Britain and lead designer
of the Permaculture Diploma WorkNet - www.permaculture.org.uk
Global Village Institute, Board Member - www.i4at.org
Alejandra Liora Adler. MEd.
Gaia University Co-Founder and President - www.gaiauniversity.org
Global Ecovillage Network International Advisory Council and UN
Representative - www.ecovillage.org
Global Village Institute Vice-President - www.i4at.org
Bioregional Coordinating Council - www.bioregional-congress.org
Listen to Andrew & Liora on Visionary Culture Radio
Listen to Andy & Liora on Visionary Culture discussing Gaia
University, Ecovillages, Transition Towns, & Action-Learning
To apply for and register in these programs, please visit: www.gaiauniversity.org
e-mail: info at gaiauniversity.org
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Visit Gaia University on the Transition Towns Network - http://transitionus.ning.com/group/gaiauniversity
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