The Dutch EDE vision

In this EDE we try to create a close interaction between teachers and students and between students themselves. Participants with expertise in specific fields are invited to share their knowledge with the whole group. Hands-on activities will also be facilitated by course participants. We as teachers will often participate in group – and other processes, partly as supervisors/counsellors, but also co-discovering the actual teachings and the learning process as result of the current (socio-cultural) situation.

Authenticity is achieved by using real situations within learning environments. The exercises will draw on real situations from participants’ and facilitators’ lives, so that the learning will be both an understanding of theory and abstract concepts and – often more important – a deepening experience of the applied concepts in concrete socio-cultural situations. The several levels of learning environment are

  • your individual inner universe with your personal imprints from your past life, your world-views, your stories, feelings, possibilities of thoughts,
  • the participants as a group with its inter-individual dynamics like shared cultural backgrounds as well as inter-cultural dynamics; personal reactions on one another; co-creations like mutual support and potential shared ideas as well as conflicts and misunderstandings;
  • and the different ecovillages and excursions, with all its existing and tangible examples.

The Dutch EDE team

Paul <br>Hendriksen
Social Permaculture, New Economics, Transition

Paul started as a journalist, then worked for thirteen years at COS Overijssel, a regional knowledge and expertise in the field of development issues and international cooperation, but above all Paul Hendriksen is an ambassador of doing-thinking. In Deventer he put  sustainability  ideas into practice: Transition Towns. Was initiator of the association Aardehuizen Oost Nederland, a collective enterprise to build a project of 23 houses inspired by the ‘Earthship’ concept in Olst, north of Deventer, Overijssel.

He has expertise in consultancy, project development, organisation and training on sustainability issues. And specialisation in the field of community processes aimed at sustainable development, Transition Towns and related bottom-up initiatives; lectures, presentations and workshops on local resilience and a wide range of sustainability issues, from the philosophical and historical to the practical level (and back); I profoundly believe in Added Value Afterwards.

Social Permaculture, New Economics, Transition
4D framework, deep listening, river of life
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.



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

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
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
Deep democracy
Deep democracy

Landgoed Algoed

Landgoed Algoed


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Bioenergiepark Saerbeck

Bioenergiepark Saerbeck


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EDE course fees

Special accommodation

Standard overnight stay is in a tent (own or grouptent). Accommodation in a bedroom can be booked in advance and costs € 5,00 per night extra. B&B in a off site “NIVON nature friends house” can be booked in advance and costs € 6,20 per night extra with a starting fee of € 40,00 / € 20,00.

Please inform us if you want to use special accommodation.

Day rhythm

  • Breakfast 08.00-08.30
  • Check in / practical issues 08.45-09.00
  • Division of labor 09.00-09.30
  • Communal work 9.30-11.00
  • Break 11.00-11.15
  • Communal work 11.15-13.00
  • Lunch 13.00-13:30
  • Course block 1 15.00-17.30
  • Dinner 18.00-18.30
  • Relaxation / sharing 19.00-19.30
  • Course block 2 19.30-21.15

For whom?

  • Students with an interest in sustainable design
  • Teachers who want to educate on sustainability
  • People who are interested in developing sustainable group projects
  • Residents or builders of sustainable communities and eco villages
  • Urban and rural activists, organizers and designers
  • Urban planners and municipalities who want to bring about a positive change for their citizens
  • University faculties that want to offer their students a holistic approach
  • Professionals in architecture, engineering and construction
  • Local businesses and multinational companies interested in social, sustainable and ethical issues


The program consists of several fun components:

The theory is explained on the basis of the twenty themes that are illustrated in the sustainability mandala, with the help of exercises and examples. The theory is linked to the experiences gained during the exercises and the knowledge, skills and personal experiences of the participants.

The EDE uses many different methods to learn. The theory is also applied in practice. From the beginning, the group forms a community in which tasks are divided among the participants. In addition, we almost daily work together with the community practicing our practical skills, such as working with clay, gardening in the permaculture garden, making art and making designs.

The training is given at various locations. Excursions in the area are also part of the curriculum. The following locations are included:

  • Living Village Festival
  • Bioenergiepark Saerbeck

Design groups are created that work together on an assignment. The assignment is based on real problems and on the targets that the participants bring in themselves. At the end, the participants present the results.

At the beginning of the EDE training you get the opportunity to formulate the goals you want to work on during the course. During the EDE training we will concentrate on different ways to work on our own goals. We work with peer-to-peer groups, where you can reflect on your own processes in pairs. We also work with ‘home’ groups (CLANS), which reflect on group processes, the content of the EDE, personal goals and feedback. 

Every day we pay attention to relaxation through meditation, mindfulness and visualization.

Learning outcomes


Social Design

In the Social section participants learn:

  • to develop a common vision for a collective project, including and transcending individual perspectives;
  • to make decisions that everyone can accept and support;
  • to improve their communication skills and communicate in a more compassionate way;
  • to deal with conflict and diversity as an invitation to growth.


Ecological Design

In Ecological section participants explore:

  • Whole Systems Approach to Ecological Design;
  • Benefits of Bioregionalism;
  • Key principles in the application of Appropriate Technologies for clean energy, living water, green buildings and healthy soils.
  • ‘hands on’ play with earth materials and mini eco-kits to purify waters, tours of local gardens and eco-buildings, calculating carbon footprints and opportunities for artistic expression.


Economic Design

In Economic section participants explore:

  • The dominant pattern and possible leverage points for change within today’s globalised economy;
  • Ways to bring economic life into alignment with ecological values;
  • Right livelihood & social enterprise;
  • How money works; community banks and local currencies;
  • Relevant legal and financial issues for Ecovillage projects.


In the Worldview section participants learn:

  • to recognise and communicate sustainability to diverse worldviews;
  • to create a deep connection with Nature through personal experience;
  • to develop a regular spiritual practice that facilitates the ability to balance inner and outer work;
  • to design ceremonies for the most significant moments in their projects;
  • to apply transition principles and ingredients in their project.