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Tied deeply to our theme of Ecovillages in the World, the World in Ecovillages, we consider our communities as situated within the macro and micro-cosm and how we can align in solidarity for Peace, Rights of Nature and Social Justice for all.

Just as a mycorrhizal network develops deep symbiotic interconnection under the earth, our focus areas of Peace, Ecology and Social Justice issues are implicitly intertwined.

 

Irene Goikolea

Shadow work as a pillar for the co-creation of sustainable communities

Dmitry Solovyev

Russian Ecovillages. Homeostasis or development

Daniel Waterman

The power of Song

Aili Pyhala

Territories of Life

                                                                     

Simon Jamnik

The circle way

                                        

Lars Blume 

Food democracy Mindful ways for healthy and affordable food for All!

 

 

albert bates

Biochar masterclass

                                                                    

Laura Kaestele

Staying Sane and Compassionate as Youth Growing Up in a Global Crises

Tom Henfrey

Co-creating a knowledge commons for community-led transformation

 

 

Laurie Michaelis

Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the System

Francesca Guidotti

Ecolise Rete di Reti

 

 

Fiorenza Bortolotti

Banner of Peace

Peter Gringinger

Joyality - For personal and planetary transformation

                                                                    

Macaco Tamerice

The transformation continues, Damanhur six years after the death of the founder

 

 

Andrea Battino & Francesca Pisseri

Agroecology: synergy between humanity and nature

 

 

Dicte Frost and Robert Hall

Legal obstacles to ecovillage development: Knowledge sharing and strategy development

 

 

Walter Vassallo

Tatawelo

                                                                    

Valentina Cifarelli

Children in Permaculture

 

 

tamera delegates

Why love and sex are political issues?

 

 

Dr. SerenaGaia

The Alchemy of Ecosexual Love

 

 


more workshops to be announced soon 

Across five distinct and engaging areas, you may choose your path and become immersed in over 130 individual action-orientated workshops, ceremonies, healing therapies, music, dance and more! Prepare yourself to genuinely encounter the deeply diverse world of Ecovillages in the World and co-create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

Irene Goikolea

Shadow work as a pillar for the co-creation of creative and sustainable communities

In this participatory workshop, we will carry out practical exercises to explore the aspects that we reject from ourselves (the shadow) with the aim of releasing the creative potential that they contain. The final goal is to embrace them and experience the power and fullness of feeling complete with what we are - both light and shadow. At individual and collective levels, owning all our parts and learning to contain them will favor more peaceful and fair relationships, since they will become an ally in the co-creation of a more compassionate and responsible world. 

Irene Goikolea, council member of GEN Europe (2017-2019), integral coach, PhD in Depth Psychology by the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California and faculty of Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies, has been working for more than 25 years for the awakening of consciousness, facilitating individual and group processes of personal growth and development. In the 90’s, she started organizing circles of women focused on awakening to the deep feminine aspect, whose qualities are interrelationship, the collective, unity, healing and compassionate action.

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Dmitry Solovyev

Russian Ecovillages. Homeostasis or development

 There was not a lot of information about the movement of eco-settlements in Russia, although there are more than 400 intentional communities / eco-villagers there. From the presentation you will get to know about types of communities, their history, relation to ecology, economics, spirituality, etc.

Dmitry is a board member of GEN-Russia and Kind Land (Vladimir region), eco-village community and social center, organiser of Kind Land ecological festival and forum of sustainable development of rural territories.

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daniel waterman

the power of song

Singing has played a hugely important role in communities as part of their spiritual and healing traditions and as a source of inspiration, empowerment and resistance. Singing connects people between themselves and places, to the planet, to social movements and so on. 

My involvement in communities began in the 1980s in the squatters movement in Holland. I bring to my work ai integrated understanding of spirituality, psychology, science, politics and various other disciplines. I seek to share and help others ‘envision’ possibilities to facilitate transformation on multiple levels simultaneously. 

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Aili Pyhala

Territories of Life

In this session I will introduce the ICCA Consortium, a global network that works to promote, support and defend "Territories of Life" (or ICCAs: Territories and Areas Conserved by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities). 

Aili Pyhälä has extensive grassroots-level experience in more than 25 countries, immersing herself in, and engaging with, indigenous peoples and local communities, along with their knowledge systems, beliefs and practices. She has 20 years of experience evaluating international cooperation projects worldwide, and is a committed activist defending Territories of Life and their defenders, in support of decolonized and decentralized governance systems. 

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Simon Jamnik

The circle way

The Circle Way is a non-profit learning center and service organization. Our mission: to foster a more human society, based on cooperation and equality, closeness and caring.

A peaceful attitude is important. Everybody can support a change to a more human and peaceful world. Dealing with difficulties, how to understand and deal with conflicts are core to his teachings. This workshop will outline tools from the Circle Way which are supportive and useful in daily life, for example, supportive listening, positivity, and understanding patterns and feelings. 

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Lars Blume

Food democracy Mindful ways for healthy and affordable food for All!

Food democracy is intertwined with ecology and social justice. Highlighting alternatives to the current profit-driven food systems illuminates new possibilities for peace.  

This workshop will bring existing ideas, initiatives and thoughts around food democracy together. After an overview of our findings from Southeast Asia, we will use an participatory format to learn more about what is already happening in different parts of Europe with regards to food democracy and what is still missing. We will identify the existing gaps and obstacles to increasing food sovereignty based on an analysis of existing solutions in Southeast Asia as well as Europe to understand: 1) needs and obstacles for producers and consumers; 2) how to establish systems for affordable and healthy food for all.

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Albert Bates

Biochar masterclass 

Albert Bates' new book, BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Earth, defines biochar as taking carbon from the air, turning it into coal and burying it in the ground to reverse climate change. But biochar is much more than only a miraculous fertilizer... It can provide food, shelter, water and economic security. Biochar could be the financial engine that pays for the Sustainable Development Goals.

This 2-hour workshop intends to provide participants with accessible, advanced, theoretical and practical working knowledge of how to make, use, and formulate products with biochar from a variety of potential feedstocks. Conditions permitting, the class will make biochar, biochar bricks, biochar plasters, and biochar cement ("charcrete"). 

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Tom Henfrey

Co-creating a knowledge commons for community-led transformation

The workshop will introduce a new knowledge commons for community-led initiatives created by ECOLISE, and invite GEN members to take part in its co-creation. The basic premise is that, when rooted in the values and working processes of community-led initiatives, knowledge generation can not only direct support practical action and related learning processes, it can itself become a form of transformative action. More democratic and inclusive than conventional approaches to the production and mobilisation of knowledge, this directly related to the social justice theme of the conference. The knowledge commons also exists to support the other themes of the conference: a platform for showcasing community solutions and supporting collaboration across our network of networks. 

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Laurie Michaelis

Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the System

This participatory workshop will explore how we feel called to work for peace, justice and ecological flourishing. How is our vision of the possibilities and challenges for a transformed society informed by our experience of change in our lives and communities?  Can our journeys of self-change help develop our agency for system change? It will be based in essential principles of spiritual activism and nonviolent social change.

Laurie Michaelis is a GEN Board member and a Quaker. He is involved in several communities of inquiry into sustainable human flourishing and is particularly concerned with the ways we develop individual and collective agency in relation to climate change. In the 1990s he was a Lead Author for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was Director of Research for the Oxford Commission on Sustainable Consumption in the run-up to the Rio+10 Sustainable Development Summit.

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Francesca Guidotti

Ecolise & Rete di Reti: networks to move together

Rete di Reti-RdR, is a Italian Network of networks, is an ecosystem that welcomes 10 different organizations (including networks and media partners) inspired from ecology and from the social and economic justice. Rdr is the "young sister" of the european ECOLISE network.

Francesca Guidotti, is a book author, journalist, facilitator and a principal expert of ecovillages in Italy. Young attivist, she started to collaborate with RIVE in 2010. After two years she became the president of RIVE and after 4 years she became member of Council for other two years. Founder with Genny Carraro of ecovillage La Torre di Mezzo where she still live, in the lasts 2 years she is involve in “care of relations” and "sociocracy" working groups in RIVE, she work in the secretariat of Rete di Reti and facilitate this group with other collegues.

Fiorenza Bortolotti

Banner of Peace

The Comunita’ di Etica Vivente gave birth in 1995 to the national association “Bandiera della Pace” Italia, since then working to promote Peace as a tool for a new Culture, in connection with other aligned groups and organizations in Italy, Europe and India.

The workshop is aimed to offer understanding the power and potentialities of the symbol designed for the Roerich Pact in 1935, in defense of human heritage and culture as anticipation of Unesco, constituted by a circle encompassing 3 spheres: Art, Science and Religion, known as "the red cross of Culture".

The workshop will give the practical possibilities to experience how these 3 spheres can be developed inside ourselves, in our groups, communities and networks to deeply understand how Peace can build a new Culture and a new Civilization and viceversa.

Fiorenza Bortolotti, cofounder of the Associazione Bandiera della Pace, Italia, member of the Comunita’ di Etica Vivente since 1984, architect and landscape planner; she lives and works part of the year in the ecovillage Il Granaio in Citta’ della Pieve, Umbria, and the other part in Indian Himalayas as responsible of the community projects for Crookety House, where Helena Roerich lived.

Ursula Raab, president of the Cultural Association Sarasvati, organizing cultural and artistic events and festivals inside and outside the Community of Living Ethics, coordinator of the School of Astrosophy and of the Darjeeling Goodwill Centre in India.

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Peter Gringinger

Joyality - For personal and planetary transformation

Peter is a cultural creative, working as radical evolutionary activist and change agent through the use of whole systems, transition and regenerative design to provide support through integral and participatory facilitation for individuals, groups, neighbourhoods, communities and organisations to co-create and co-design our sustainable futures of regenerative and thriving cultures, places, environments and local but globally networked livelihoods.

Peter believes in order to tackle and resolve the many interconnected issues and threats we are facing we need to take a whole and integral person and systems approach so that we can strive to (co)-create true sustainability and regeneration of our presence on this planet and to create health and wellbeing for all (humans and non-humans). We have to work on creating bridges between the various ideas and views of the world, to embrace the diversity and work through use of transformative innovation to shift us into a new worldview of cooperation, abundance regeneration and using transformative resilience for a just and equitable future founded on self-reliant local but globally connected communities.

 

Macaco Tamerice

The transformation continues, Damanhur six years after the death of the founder

The Ecovillage Damanhur is continuing it's process of transformation towards a regenerative future.

Macaco Tamerice (Martina Grosse Burlage) has been living in Damanhur since 1993. For several years she worked on the international relations team of the Federation. Today she is one of Damanhur’s Ambassadors. In 2008, she became Vice President of the Global Ecovillage Network-Europe (GEN Europe) and two years later she was elected President. She held this position until 2015. Since several years she is a GEN Ambassador and UN representative and is serving on the Advisory Board of GEN-International.

Macaco is the President of Damanhur Education NGO and is very active in promoting the UN Sustainability Development Goals through her work.

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Lucilla Borio & Gloria Gelmi

Social Permaculture and Community Design

This workshop will present Permaculture Design as a wonderful tool for the creation and management of communities, associations and human groups in general, and not only as a useful technical resource in landscape design, farming activities and sustainable settlements. We will present the general concept of Permaculture Design, its ethics and values, and analyze the 12 principles that have great value for creating resilient and long lasting communities. Social permaculture will be the frame that unites all the guidelines and principles in a coherent and inclusive system.

Lucilla Borio is a founder of Ecovillage Torri Superiore, a former GEN-Europe CEO, and has been active in the fields of group Facilitation and Permaculture Design since year 2000. She is currently a member of the CLIPS team (Community Learning Incubator Programme for Sustainability) that supports communities to survive in times of crisis, and reach their goals and dreams. 

Gloria Gelmi has been interested in environmental issues, strategies for sustainability and eco-friendly lifestyles for over forty years. Founder of a Transition Town initiative, she has a degree in natural sciences and a Permaculture Diploma, and she is a CLIPS trainee.

Andrea Battino & Francesca Pisseri

Agroecology: synergy between humanity and nature

In this workshop, we will discuss and show how biodiversity is the key for a healthy plant, animal and human life. We would like to give an overview on how agricultural production including livestock raising  can be realized in harmony with the natural environment. We need to introduce basic notions on the mechanisms that regulate the functions of a natural ecosystem and how the system will be modified by agricultural techniques generating an agroecosystem. Then we will walk around the farm and see some examples that can clarify the theories

I'm one of the founders of La Comune di Bagnaia; having a degree in agriculture I worked for a good part of my life in the commune's farm but I had some other working experiences in teaching in an agricultural school, working as inspector for certification of organic farms and had working experiences in Mozambique and the Philippines in cooperation projects.

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Dicte Frost and Robert Hall

Legal obstacles to ecovillage development: Knowledge sharing and strategy development -

This workshop will provide an interactive open space to share, explore and find solutions for legal hinderances to ecovillage development. We will touch on the importance of advocacy on all levels, harvest collective wisdom of critical questions, and share practical steps as how to start legal and law advocacy in your national context. We will guide a process to find shareable solutions and devise future common strategies, attempting to find synergies between the legal work of ecovillages, National Ecovillage Networks, GEN Europe and ECOLISE. The workshop will also contain presentations from Robert Hall and Dicte Frost about the current legal work of these organisations, and provide openings for participants to connect to this work and each other. 

Robert Hall loves to combine advocacy for the ecovillage movement with green politics and international cooperation. With degrees in International Relations from University of California, Davis; in Economics from Lund University, Sweden and M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm he has lived, studied and worked in more than 10 countries on 4 continents. He worked with sustainable development and democratic governance for the United Nations (UNDP and FAO), European Commission, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swedish Institute. 

Dicte Frost is still learning in the field of ecovillages and advocacy. She is studying European Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and spent 4 months as an intern for GEN Europe. During the internship Dicte devised European-wide research on the legal hindrances to ecovillage development. Currently, she is writing her thesis on the economics of ecovillages having conducted fieldwork in 5 different countries. Dicte is linked to several projects of the Danish Ecovillage Network, LØS.

Walter Vassallo

Tatawelo

Tatawelo is a fair-trade initiative, based on the voluntary support of its members. It aims to help the coffee growers of the Zapatista indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico, who are fighting for the right to live with dignity on their own land and according to their traditions. The goal is reach self-determination and create the conditions for sustainable socioeconomic development.

The Tatawelo Association is supported by many solidarity purchasing groups, organizations, and private citizens, who have become members through financing the coffee production. This initial investment allows producers the resources they need for their operations, without going into debt with the local "coyotes," the corporate middlemen of the sector.

The Pre-Financing Campaign allows reserving roasted coffee with a 25% discount. Immediate payment ensures delivery in the late summer, and the association's direct control of the supply chain guarantees that 42% of the revenue from the selling price goes to the producers.

10 cents of the price of each packet of coffee is the share that sustains the project.  This share supports local initiatives aligned with the Cooperative’s vision such as agroecology courses, workshops on beneficial microbes for organic pest control, building of warehouses and roasting facilities, and the sharing of cultivation practices between producers of different origins.

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Valentina Cifarelli

Children in Permaculture

SHARING IS CARING

Children explore the three permaculture ethics of People Care, Earth Care and Fair Share in an experiential way through becoming a tribe, expressing oneself in a talking circle, singing a song, sharing natural gifts, and taking care of another child. We connect with each other as well as with nature.

Valentina Cifarelli from Italy is passionate about permaculture for children and young people. She is a coach on the theme of authentic vocation and is enthusiastic about natural beekeeping, motherhood and living in community.

 

Tamera Delegates

Why love and sex are political issues?

"Why love and sex are a political issue?" The question is a foundational pillar in the 40 years history of Tamera´s research for a New Culture. The term political is used in reference to a collective and systemic level of the question, that can find answers on this level, and not in the private, in the love relationship of two people only. The building of community is essential for creating new solutions for love to be free. The vision of the "Healing Biotopes" are new vessels for a regenerative and sustainable life on Earth, also in the most intimate realm of human life.

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Dr. SerenaGaia

The Alchemy of Ecosexual Love

Ecosexual love is the love that reaches beyond genders, numbers, orientations, races, origins, ages, species, and even biological realms, to embrace all of life as a partner with equal rights. This love empowers people to experience the Earth as the partner we all already always share and need. in this workshop, we will create an alchemical container where the major fears people experience around love transform into opportunities to love fearlessly and unconditionally. This practice empowers people to become more open, collaborative, joyful, fair, peaceful and capable of self-care. 

Dr. SerenaGaia, aka Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, PhD, is a teacher of #EcosexualLove.  She is a leader in the ecosexual movement and an expert in the ecology of love.  She is trained in Tantra, Tao, ecosexual expression, and holistic bodywork. She has facilitated in Hawaii, Sweden, Italy, the USA, Puerto Rico and Estonia. An award-winning writer, activist, facilitator, scholar, filmmaker, professor, editor, and cultural theorist, she co-edited the collection Ecosexuality (2015), and co-directed Playa Azul I Love You (2016).  “Her prophetic books,” including Eros (2006) and Gaia (2009), “have inspired readers around the world,” Dr. Susan M. Block has said. Dr. SerenaGaia believes that “a world where it is safe to love is a world where it is safe to live,” and intends to create that world with her sacred activism. 

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