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You joined an expanded network of change makers, exponential possibilities, refined database of passionate people. Seeds of this transformative culture.

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An extra week has been added to our program for networking and co-creation with our alumni we call the Growing Together Days. Much of Creating a Transformative Culture can not be seen and its power is like that of the underground mycelium network. Though mycelium stays hidden, outside the spotlight, it’s one of nature’s most essential tools for maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We weave our threads together to support one another and strengthen our fantasies of future possibilities with real connections.
Come join us!


We make every effort possible to give you all the tools and the skills needed to create an intentional community. We are nestled in castle Glarisegg in a community, which is founded in 2003. Since the start of this community it was clear, that no one will be our guru oder leader. People do have different competencies, capacities and interests - this is very important to be respected, tolerated and integrated. Every community member is most valuable, if it/he/she can come into its best potential, by learning all the offers, which life gives in community.“


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."


Cassandra Moss,

I thoroughly enjoyed exploring all the content shared during the EDE course, however diving deep into the social aspects was profoundly interesting for me. The best part of the experience was being able to practically use the skills we learnt in our project groups and with the wider community. 


Gianluca Palmas,

I love to compare my experience to a magnetic or electric field where I, as a human being, feel safe and seen and with all the tools and knowledge in hand enabled to just be there, in trust, upright, present, and

able to increase my capacities in facing the struggles in life, on earth that I see for me. I came out of it with more courage, that’s what I mostly felt lacking of beforehand.

The EDE ‘24 at Glarisegg was a life changing experience. I traveled across the world from Australia with just enough information to trust that this course was right for me. What I didn’t expect was it would transform my

understanding of myself, others and the world around me, in such a way that upon returning to Australia, I now

carry myself in the world in a whole new way. The story of needing to heal the earth has been retoldto me. Rather than problems at its heart, I now see a world where healing oneself, and reconnecting to others will allow us all to reconnect to the earth;

creating systems that are life centric and driven by growth of living things, rather than inequitable economics.

I am profoundly grateful for all of the community of participants, assistance and trainers who guided me on my EDE journey. The EDE has changed me. Change

which didn’t happen to me, but happened through me. This is an experience that I will carry with me in every

word, every relationship and every interaction.


Adrian Black,


We have separately gathered a lifetime of experience in fields of holding space, psychotherapy, music, breath work, 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, 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

Since 2003 Sonja-Vera has been one of the founders of the Schloss Glarisegg community. Her interests in structural developments, communication and improvisation in groups enabled her to help develop the joint project. In her commitment to encounter processes in the social life of the community, she was able to easily apply her training as a voice and speech therapist and her love of music/dance. Coupled with stamina, her gift as a village weaver became a key in a much larger game of empowerment. The complex processes of the project awakened her entrepreneurial spirit. As a member of the Board of Directors of Schloss Glarisegg AG, she familiarized herself with the long-term financial and construction planning of this property, coordinating the maintenance, renovation and expansion of the large, historical property.

Through Vipassana meditation and genuine love for people, she stays vital. In 2010, the discovery of the Global Ecovillage Network was a very important milestone in community development. Since 2016 she brought the Ecovillage Design Education course named "Creating a Transformative Culture" to Schloss Glarisegg.

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Hawaii, Creator & Trainer

Jashana has always had an intense desire to figure out how humans could live in harmony with the natural world. For this goal, she got degrees in Anthropology and Environmental Science which lead to a Masters in Social Ecology. Having identified Indigenous Wisdom as a base she could not help but to try and stop the war in Guatemala that killed 200,000 Mayan people in the 80’s. Having failed that mission, she began exploring intentional communities 'to be part of the solution', eventually moving to the Findhorn Community in Northern Scotland. She then traveled for Findhorn teaching workshops throughout South America for two years.  Returning to the US, she immersed herself in the world of awakening consciousness studying every offer from Holotropic Breathwork with Stan Grof, Vipassana Meditation, Yoga, Skydancing Tantra, 5 Rhythms, Deep Ecology, Contact Dance and sitting with Adyashanti. Preparing for the world to collapse she helped found a reforestation community in Hawaii.



We offer direct experience in a supportive learning environment to practice collective skills in working groups of varying sizes.
Are you ready for an adventurous experience?

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


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 encounter, awareness, consciousness and being and holds 33 adults and 20 children. The community also hosts a seminar center, a school for children, a forest kindergarden, a permaculture and agroforestry, and is home to artists, musicians and therapists.


Thrive Path

3,600 CHF 

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

2,800 CHF 

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

Basic Path

1,950 CHF 

This is the basic investment that helps us start the program. 

Please attune to your capacity to co-create this EDE course. The guidelines  below  give you an idea of how we function and you can choose any number in between.

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.




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.


Contact us for information and subscription 

Ecovillage Design Education Course 
Creating a Transformative Culture    
Schloss Glarisegg - Steckborn, Switzerland

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