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"Learn the template for creating new ecological communities. We will
explore physical and social technologies, the challenges and pitfalls,
group dynamics, financial and legal aspects of creating or recreating
human communities for the 21st century"

How do we design our way through the crisis of global civilization?
Human-scale, fully featured communities are pioneering a setting for the
creation of new, more fully human beings. The social experiments of
intentional communities grow out of a centuries-old impulse towards a
more peaceful and rewarding way of life. Now they are being wed to a
growing ecological awareness and sophisticated technologies for living
lightly on the earth in the creation of "ecovillages," new or
reinhabited settlements capable of meeting the life cycle needs of their
residents while restoring the earth around them.

This 6-day program will expose participants to the full range of issues
involved in creating sustainable human settlemnents: vision and design,
recruitment, creating community glue, making and keeping agreements,
governance, finance, economic development, shaping the landscape,
meeting infrastructure needs, testing and renewal, and enduring through

This course will be held at Gaia Ecovillage Project, in Navarro 110km.
southwest of Buenos
Aires on the Argentine pampa. Built as a milk-processing plant 50 years ago,
Gaia has been extensively rehabilitated as a Living and Learning Center,
with sleeping facilities, classrooms, library, community kitchen,
greenhouse, etc.  Power at Gaia is generated by wind turbines, and good
examples of reforestation, forest garden, natural building, appropriate
technology, waste water treatment, composting toilets, solar showers, solar
ovens and several sustainable systems in different stage of development may
be seen at the site. And all of this in the context of a small pioneer
community in evolving process.
Gaia hosts the regional office of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas,
and the Argentinean Permaculture Institute (IAP), as a space for
experimenting, implementing and teaching Permaculture systems. They offer
courses in Permaculture, Sacred Dances, Aromatherapy, Community living and
more. It offers an updated library covering a wide range of topics based on
sustainability, as well as interesting videos. Last year IAP organized the
1st Latin American Permaculture Congress with great success.

A lively mix of South and North Americans promises to make this a special
event. Instruction will be in Spanish and English with translation.
Dormitory accommodations are simple but comfortable, and participants will
enjoy delicious vegetarian meals.

Courses Fees & Registration
Those people wishing to attend need to submit the completed application
form. Due to limited spaces, they need to send a deposit of 50% of the fees
to confirm. There is a discount for those who attend both courses. Donations
are welcome to subside others participants from Latin America that ask for
financial support.
The total cost includes tuition, notes, lodging and meals

Permaculture Design Course: US$750

Advance course on Ecovillage Design: US$450  - Participants should have
basic Permaculture knowledge as a pre-requisite to the Ecovillage Design
Advance course.


Asociacion GAIA - - Email: gaia at

Postal address: Almafuerte 1732 - San Martin - (1650) Buenos Aires -

Phone: (+54-2272) 492072 - Fax: (+54-11) 47522197

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