Ecovillage  design  education

18th January - 20th February 2021 - 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 a five weeks Practical 

Community experience where 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!

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 Plan & Model Canvas

- Monetizing Nature

Holistic Design

- Dragon Dreaming

- Embodied Leadership 

- Mentoring on group projects

- Permaculture Principles in Design Functions

- Holistic Healthcare

Embodied Practices

- Contact Improvisation

- Music Instrument building 

- Authentic movement & Authentic voicing

- Playfight

- Life Dance

- Holistic Dance Practices

- 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.


Join this year’s Collaborative Laboratory

In the last days of the course we will be joined by our extended EDE family to co–create an "Advanced Course" in an Open Space: Collaborative Inquiry into the New Paradigm

Are you ready for a adventurous experience?

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


Krissy Goecks,


“EDE taught me that there are many options on how to live life. Mindfulness, community and giving back to others were wonderful lessons I learned in my month at Glarisegg.”

Iker Col,


“At the EDE I discovered that there is a network much bigger than I was thinking. I learned the tools to join our forces, to live more in harmony and to be more human. The EDE was like a meeting of tribes that have to join to heal the planet.”

Tayla Antunes,


¨I ended up learning much more about myself, my limits... But also about my strengths. And the best part: learning and sharing with so many like minded people, overcoming our differences, working on the conflicts (internal as well). Working throughout the whole month with  a sociocratical organisation  was one of the best highlights.“

Konstantinos Sbonias,


"The EDE in Glarisegg was such a vibrant learning journey that fueled me with loads of empowerment and inspiration. Feeling blessed for having experienced 5 unique weeks of intensive learning with other like-minded people and a group of amazing facilitators."


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 supporting the programme.

Middle Path

2,500 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. 

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 5 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. Please send an email with your photo to:

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, because others might be waiting.


Get in Touch

Contact us for information and subscription 

Ecovillage Design Education Course 

Creating a Transformative Culture    

Schloss Glarisegg - Steckborn, Switzerland

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Roos Derks

After lots of movement around the world, and finishing a master in Cultural Sociology, I decided to dedicate my life to research, in a practical way, how we can live as humans truly connected to each other and to the land we live on. In the social realm this means for me learning tools to process deeply, communicate authentically and decide together effectively. In the material realm this means developing a local and land based life-style, growing and harvesting food.