Dutch Ecological Design Education

We welcome those of you who feel called to use their talents and skills in the spirit of co-creation to join the Ecological Design Education (EDE) training, organized by Gaia Nederland, Gaia Education and GEN Netherlands.

If you want to be one of them please get in touch!

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

Henry Ford


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(Starting Friday 9-7-2021)

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Designing Ecological Habitats Creating a Sense of Place


Gaian Economics Living well within planetary limits


Beyond You and Me Inspiration and Wisdom for Building Community


The Song of the Earth The Emerging Synthesis of the Scientific and Spiritual World-views

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Dutch EDE 2015 & 2017

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Meet the EDE team

Local economy, Social transformation

Co-founder and chair of the board of Transition Netherlands and initiator of Transition Town Deventer. and Olst in Transition. He started out as a journalist and consequently worked for 13 years at a regional educational centre for international cooperation and sustainable development, of which he was director in the last five years until 2007.

In 2006 he initiated the Aardehuis ecovillage project and a cooperative by the same name, which in 2012-2015 built 23 homes and a community centre nearby the village of Olst. The concept of Aardehuizen is a Dutch variant of the earthship concept: fully self-sustaining homes constructed with second hand and natural materials. The building project was realized with help of nearly 2,000 volunteers from 27 countries worldwide.

From 2008 onwards, he is working as a self-employed consultant, lecturer and trainer, specialized in local sustainability issues, in his company Inclusief-services. Amongst other, for three consecutive years he was guest lecturer Sustainable building concepts at the Engineering faculty of the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. Currently, he facilitates a self-designed course in social permaculture.

For Transition Netherlands from 2009–2017, he has been working as a national fundraiser, one of the national media-spokespersons and international liaison officer in Transition Network. Starting 2009, he still is active as the Dutch senior Transition Trainer for starting and advanced local Transition Initiatives. In more recent years, he is also involved as a trainer and facilitator for the CLIPS program of the global ecovillage network (GEN), and has been one of the co-founders and board members of GEN Netherlands.

Currently, he is active on the national level to get Extinction Rebellion as a movement rooted in the Netherlands. He is now concerned specifically with helping local branches getting started.

In 2011 and 2012 the Dutch national newspaper Trouw put him in a high ranking position in their Sustainable 100 , a national listing of ‘the 100 most influential Dutch persons in the field of sustainability’.

Local economy, Social transformation

Ishi Crosby works from an integrated ecological and social approach to the healing of the Earth. As a Permaculture designer and teacher, he has almost twenty years of experience in designing and constructing sustainable food gardens. He has developed the concept of “Integrated Landscapes”: landscapes that are designed in such a way that everything that a person needs, such as a place to live, food, water, energy, etc., is produced on site. Ishi is involved in Permaculture on a daily basis and has created food gardens for various projects and clients in the EU. He is currently working in the Netherlands with clients and local groups such as the Transition Town movement, Eco-village projects and an Urban agriculture project in The Hague. At Centrum Wilgenhoeve he is busy with the construction of an Earthhouse (a zero energy and CO2 neutral house) and the construction and further development of the Permaculture Garden. He also provides training on the practical use of archetypes and mythology for daily life. He has years of experience with the “Open Space” method. Open Space is a very efficient way to solve problems in groups and to make decisions. Open Space is fully in line with the three ethical principles of Permaculture: care for the Earth, care for people and fair sharing

4D framework, deep listening
Monica prefers to accompany children, adults and groups in nature and with the help of horses. She did the EDE in Damanhur. Monica is committed volunteer for GEN Netherlands and is engaged in the development of (international) training. Recently Monica took a masters in Design for Sustainability through Gaia Education and completed the Training of Trainers coarse in Findhorn. Monica became the first Dutch member of the Geese as a certified Gaia Education Trainer.
Horticulture, Group constellations, Coaching with Horses - Certified Gaia Education Trainer
Legal and Financial

“Do not ask me who I am. If I am already … then I am emptiness … emptiness through which that breathes what breathes through everything. ‘

Bas is co-initiator of the ecological home-work initiative De Zwerm in Winterswijk and co-owner of Levensland, a 3.5 ha large food forest laid out according to permaculture and Anastasia principles. He lives in a farm (starting home-work group) in Winterswijk.

Bas is a lawyer and, among other things, uses his knowledge to supervise starting ecological home-work initiatives and eco-villages. In addition, he has immersed himself in all sorts of cultures and shamanism. The teachers he names are Dave Hegglun (Maori), Ayako Goh (Japan), Ahamkara (Altai), Erik Berglund (USA), Daniel Crane (Tsuu Tina, Canada), Wai Turoa (Maori), Moon Deer (Objibwaj, USA), Elliot Rivera (Cuba), Suvalaq (Inuit, Alaska), Philip Carr-Gomm (Druid, England), Inti Cesar (Peru), Kiesha / Little grandmother (USA), Tulku Lobsang Rinopoche (India), Ayangat (Mongolia) ), Anastasia (Siberia) and all who live close to nature, close to the Source.

Legal and Financial
Angelien <br>Hoppen
Landgoed AlGoed representative, Biology, Drawing and Mindfulness

My attitude to life is optimistic and practical. Organizing and teaching are a common thread throughout my life. I enjoy it and have talent for it. I am versatile and have an analytical ability to help me keep track of complex situations. I communicate easily, listen well and always look for harmony. I really enjoy working together and I like to have my own responsibility it. Finally, not unimportantly: I bring life experience and humor.

My interest is in the field of sustainability, greening and citizen participation.



Trained and experienced teacher (Biology, Drawing and Mindfulness) and trainer. In addition to my formal work experience as a teacher at various secondary schools, I often take on the role of information officer in other situations. I also taught as a volunteer in Bali.



Strong on an organizational and creative level. I have extensive experience in organizing large projects where the involvement of different groups is paramount.



Since 2015 I have been intensively involved as one of the coordinators in the organization of Landgoed AlGoed. This live-work community runs an OutdoorCommunityCenter together where we form a group of around 50 volunteers who maintain the estate and engage in numerous activities. Well-being and personal development are paramount.


✉ angelien@burohop.nl

✆ 06 – 55773670








Henry <br>Mentink
New economy, Uno Box

Next to being founder and Director of MyWheels henry took the challenge of founding Het Veerhuis Varik. Together with others it’s there that he gives meaning to the new economy. His mission is to give awareness and love a practical place. With this aim he founded the first Village Trade Centre. The Veerhuis is also the home of the Club of Budapest, Global Ecovillage Network Netherlands and is connected with Damanhur in Italy.  Practical work in the village of Varik as well as being connected with the world. He developed the first 3D business plan, the UNO-Box with Source plan and a new legal form of legal entity that is easy to establish and still meets legal requirements. This is called the Participantship.

Annelies<br>van Rijn
van Rijn
River of life, Deep listening

Annelies only feels at home in the multipotentiality box, because it’s one of the few boxes that isn’t a real box. She worked as a gymnastic teacher, entertainer, actress, theater reviewer, teacher, presenter, and coach. Over ten years she was team leader of diverse entertainment teams at more than 15 leisure parks all over the Netherlands. Usually, she was in places where a stunning team performance had to be done in a very short time or where underperforming teams must shine again quickly. The goal: make the team, guests, and manager happy and deliver them a great and amazing time with mostly ordinary things. She studied pedagogy at the University of Amsterdam and became a primary school teacher with a passion for a more holistic education system. She pores over music-education, psychomotor / movement-based learning, cooperative learning and a lot of theories that stimulate brain-friendly and natural learning environments. She believes that exciting experiences and a warm ambiance are necessary to develop wondering, expression skills and body awareness. Hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on activities let us learn, grow and love. Now she tries to combine all here different experiences and personal love for nature, dancing, singing, theatre, playing, spiritual growth, unboxing-thinking and system work in her own business: De Verwonderkring; to help children, adults, and teams to shine their own powerful uniqueness.

Hugo <br>Schönberck
Blockchain, Sustainable Energy

Hugo Schonberck is an inspired entrepreneur and experienced consultant in various projects, research and consultancies. He brings a practical and warm hearted approach to sustainability and a large international network. He loves the challenge of bringing together the best people for any given task. He is an expert in sustainability and behaviour change, designing programmes and facilitating teams in communities, local authorities and companies for Global Action Plan, Nuon Energy, British Gas and currently partner in GPX Energybank, a sustainable energy and smart grid start-up, as well as promoting the very low energy sustainable block chain Energy party from the Energy Coin Foundation. Co-founder of a Dutch think-tank on climate change with government officials, NGO’s and representatives from industry that did ground-breaking work on carbon reduction and compensation.

Blockchain, Smart Grid, Sustainable Energy

Ingmar likes to view things from a different angle. She finds it a challenge to portray people on all sorts of materials, such as waste cardboard. In the studio where she can be found every week, she tries to breathe new life into waste. For example, she turns old jeans into new fun things, such as a pencil case. In addition, she graduated as a restorer and she loves to restore works of art and ancient ships. She has followed the vocational school for design (Cibap). Ingmar is currently developing a curriculum for schools focused on overcoming barriers to expressing creativity.

ICT, Education
Henk is owner of ‘De Verbinding’; a company that developes education about sustainable technology and sustainability. He is also a science teacher at a secondary high school “Ecolyceum” in Deventer and coordinator at CleanTech. In this job he is building a network of secundary high schools working on sustainability projects.
ICT, Education
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