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Ecovillage Design Education Course - Creating a Transformative Culture    

Schloss Glarisegg - Steckborn, Switzerland -

Creating a

transformative Culture

Ecovillage design education

20th January - 22th February 2020 - Switzerland

We have heard: 

"Be the change you want to see in the world!”

And we ask:

"How do we do that?"

Creating a Transformative Culture is a new way of being and acting in the world that organically evolves as we enact fundamental changes both in ourselves and in the world around us.

Most of us are aware that we live in a time of cascading ecological, economic, political and social crisis’s that threaten all of life on our planet. Crisis creates opportunity. We know we need to act and we know the time is now.



This EDE is an 1month Practical Community experiencewhere you find your peers and get the condensed wisdom of world wide communities and pioneers in order to create a Transformative Culture in the World!

Next EDE

20th January-

22th February


What is an EDE?

The Ecovillage Design Education is a comprehensive course in Integrative Whole Systems Design for Sustainability.

It is organised as a mandala that we call the sustainability wheel, encompassing what we perceive to be the four primary dimensions of human experience –
Worldview, Ecological, Social and Economic aspects.

To view learning outcomes click here

To study the EDE curriculum further, click here


By fulfilling the course requirements, you will receive:
Certification by Gaia Education as an EDE designer


The EDE at Glarisseg  is a yearly creation on the base of Gaias Education curriculum. We invite external seminar leaders, game changers, networkers and community builders to join us on the learning path. Workshops are being held with non-formal, embodied, participatory models of education. Course language is English. First step for change! We welcome participants of all ages, nationalities and background.

- Collective processes for community building

- Sociocracy 3.0 - Group Decision Making

- Possibility Management

- Forum

- Conflict Resolution

- Circle Culture

- Transparent Communication

- Deep Democracy

- Deep Ecology

- The Work that Reconnects 

- Spiral Dynamics 

- Meeting Ecovillage founders

- Global Ecovillage Network 

- Gender Reconciliation

- Men´s Sweatlodge and Women´s Circles

- Permaculture Design & Principles

- Drawdown Solutions

- Agricultural Self Sufficiency

Global Chocolate Production

- Forest Dynamics

- Hands on gardening

- Food Waste

- The Economy of the Common Good

- Leadership and Entrepreneurship

- Comparing Community Economies

- Empowered Fundraising

- Money, You and the Economy

- Business Model Canvas

- Monetizing Nature

- Dragon Dreaming

- Integral map of Leadership 

- Mentoring on group projects

- Permaculture Principles in Design Functions

- Holistic Healthcare

- Contact Improvisation

- Music Instrument building

- Playfight

- Life Dance

- Movement Medicine

- Meditation

- Yoga

bring your project

get help making your dreams come true,
bring your dream projects!

Small design teams will choose projects to focus on for the four weeks. The course is anchored by applying the elements learned in each of the four dimensions to these real projects.


Are you ready for a Life changing experience?

By clicking Apply you will be redirected to our application form and the application process will begin. 



Creating a Transformative Culture is an evolving inquiry which asks:

“What is called for now?” 

It is an invitation to be ready for the unknown,

to be prepared for the changes that lie ahead.


the team 

We have separately gathered a lifetime of experience in fields of holding space, psychotherapy, music, breath work, Movement Medicine, Environmental Science, Anthropology, Social Ecology, community building and founding, Vipassana Meditations, deep journeys and have selected a committed team of assistants from the EDE Alumni which add cutting edge tools to the EDE package. Together we co-host the EDE, tirelessly and whole heartedly as we share a vision of global transformation.

We are ready to openly and passionately share this learning journey with you.

Sonja-Vera Schmitt

Glarisegg, Creator & Trainer

Is one of the founders of community project Schloss Glarisegg. She was and is present in the development of the community project as a whole being. Being the initiator of the EDE Glarisegg she brings her various qualities into the field: exploring always the best possibility in coordination, economic development, community building/mediation. Being a flutist, singer and dancing contact-improvisation she is therapist/teacher of breath, voice and speech and does the related body work. Since 2005 she is a passionate Vipassana meditator. As she lived from its 10 to 15 life years in Venezuela (1980-85) the international aspect of the development of the human being is always present.

Jashana Kippert

Hawaii, Creator & Trainer

A lover of learning, Jashana has degrees in Environmental Science, Anthropology, a Masters in Social Ecology and Phd. in Philosophy. In her twenties, she was involved as an activist in attempting to stop the war in Guatemala. That struggle brought her to the alternative community movement with a commitment to become part of the ‘solution’. 

Elisabeth Schrag

Glarisegg, Creator & Trainer

Trained in or as: Synergetic-Psycho-Therapist (Gestalt, Bioenergetics, NLP), Biodynamic-Craniosacral-Therapist, Movementmedicine-Dance-Teacher, Co-leader of Middleearthmedicineways, Flute Teacher (Soprano and Alto), Group Dynamics, Deep Democracy leadership training (Cairo), Cofounder and trainer since the beginning of the EDE-Glarisegg.
The deeper qualities are: working with the chambers of the heart in all life situations, holding space for groups and single persons deep healing processes

the Assistants

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the Trainers 



We offer direct experience in a supportive learning environment to practice collective skills in working groups of varying sizes.


Our host is the Seminar Center of Schloss Glarisegg Community in Switzerland,  with its beautifully spacious and comfortable seminar rooms and guest rooms.

The community lies on the Swiss side of Lake Constance, nestled between the forest and beach. The castle community is a home for Exchange, Evolution and Mindfulness and holds 38 adults and 22 children. Following Scott Peck´s circle culture the community thrives on education, therapy, music and permaculture.


Course fee

Thrive Rate

3,500 Euros 

With your investment we fully cover the infrastructure, support those who cannot afford the middle path and generate an income for the supportive team.

Middle Path

2,490 Euros 

This amount covers all costs and allows only trainers to receive a basic income for their work.

Basic Rate

1,500 Euros 

This is the basic investment that helps us start the program. With 35 participants the basic rate is: 2186 €, with 45 participants it`s 1700€, with 51 participants its 1500€. 

The fee includes mainly organic vegetarian/vegan meals, accomodation (on one of the most beautiful places of Lake Constance) and the full intensive program of 4 weeks. The tuition to the “Collaborative Laboratory of the New Paradigm” which is in the last days is also included.

Please attune to your capacity to co-create this EDE course.


Be a sponsor


Scholarships are available for EU and

non-EU citizens which cannot afford the Middle Path. Share your dreams, life aspirations and motivation with us and apply for this opportunity.

Why not consider offering a scholarship? Sponsor a place in this event and offer the opportunity to someone, who otherwise would be unable to participate.

We would love you to be aware of the opportunity to be part of this course. If you need to sign out please let us know as soon as possible. 

8 ways to fundraise the course 

Anybody who feels the fire and resonance should be able to participate!  If you cannot afford the minimum Course Fee: please get in contact with Assistant Manuel Kuhn ( as soon as possible. A crowdfunding campaing is in place before and during the course. Together with creativity, the power of togetherness and radical collaboration we can create abundance instead of scarcity.

The invitation to a Transformative journey is open! 


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