So what does the new teaching and learning paradigm look like? What kind of learning experiences are transformative? What kind of institutions are equipping the leaders
of today and tomorrow? How we 'teach' for sustainbility literacy?
22–26 Febuary 2012
El Manzano, BioBio Chile
Price from CLP$ E3 104.000 |E2 156.000 | E1 208.000 includes all food and acomodation.
It is our experience that a potent dose of select content offered in
the context of residential intensives gives our associates the
inspiration and guidance they need to proactively and constructively
engage with their independent action learning work. With the support of their advisors, and 'just in time' learning, associates seek out the additional content for their work to proceed vigorously.
Gaia University residential intensives are times of community
building, deep sharing, strategic planning and concentrated information
''For me, there is no separation between my private and work life, my life
and my learning. These delineations within conventional universities
feel like an artificial framework to me. Within the Gaia University
system...your entire life
becomes your area of study.'' Valerie Seitz (Gaia Associate)
The ERES Latin America facilitation team consists of a transdisciplinary
collective of individuals many
sectors who have come together to find solutions to
the economic, environmental and social challenges of the day in Latin
America and the world.
Through an international network of grassroots organizations,
participatory design, and inclusive democracy we are working with local
communities all over Chile & Latin America to develop resilient solutions.
are the biographies of our lead facilitators for the 2012 Chile
Grifen Hope was born in New Zealand in 1976 and grew up in an alternative community. Immersed in patterns of sustainability, he developed a repertoire of basic values, knowledge and skills for living simply and designing resilient systems. As a teenager, Grifen discovered permaculture and later began exploring regenerative design with an international community of people with a shared vision for a different future.
In 2007, Grifen traveled to Chile with his partner, Javiera Carrión, another Gaia University regional organizer. Together they realized that an opportunity existed to hasten the development of the Transition Movement in Latin America. As they looked around for support to develop a regional center of the Permaculture Master Plan, Gaia University emerged as a viable option for: developing competency in Literacy for Sustainability, attaining a masters degree in Integrative Ecosocial Design and helping to develop the center they had envisioned.
Having traveled the world in search of wisdom, Javiera found it at home where she started: the seeds of sustainability were contained in the common sense of her own, Chilean people. Javiera studied agricultural engineering and, following her nose, entered the workforce as a grape grower and wine maker. She then began to explore agroecology, biodynamic farming and organic agriculture. Inspired, she returned to her roots and mobilized her family to begin the process of transitioning their farm to organic.
During her student days, Javiera discovered permaculture, and after a long search for the right place and time, attended a permaculture design course in New Zealand in 2006. Having resonated deeply with the idea of transition, she set out to push the development of the transition movement in Chile and Latin America.
Tuition Fee & Payments
CLP$ E3 104.000 |E2 156.000 | E1 208.000
Payments are defined by the Sliding Scale which is based on your income
and ability to pay. Price includes food, accommodation and course materials. This is a very affordable experience that has life long benefits. Consider it a wise investment.
The scale works like this:
If you make up to USD $10,000 you pay the E3 price, earn USD $20,000 pay the E2 price, and if you make USD $30,000 or more you pay full E1 price. Please pay honestly based on your income.
Pay in full before 22 January and pay the Early Bird price. E3 people bring a friend and pay only CLP$94.000. E1 people bring a friend andpay only the E2 price US$156.00 each.
How to Book. To book your place please fill the Booking Form
here. Once you've booked in we will contact you via email regarding any
further information you might need in the lead up. Please communicate
directly with Javiera Carrion for all inquiries.
''I heard about Gaia University in 2004 and I was immediately hooked. In
2006 I was initiated as an advisor and began to develop Gaia Southeast.
My skills and experiences with fair share and earth, people, and self
care, help me with my advising and conscious designing. This broad tool
kit enables me to take an integrative approach to supporting associates.'' Jennifer English (Gaia Associate)
learning experience will provide opportunities for participants to
develop a broad range of values, knowledge, and skills for creating
their own regenerative projects in their own communities. Participants
will leave with a wealth of inspiration and materials that enable them
to start working for change in their own places.
Skill-flex development may include:
Project management skills – time management, costs and resource needs analysis, proposals, contracts, negotiation skills.
Overview of the most current, useful software applications for design and documentation work
How to effectively communicate one’s project ideas and learning processes.
An introduction to the skills needed for generating superior output packets – journaling, media capture, media editing, ePortfolio production and management.
How to utilize pattern languages, systems thinking and mind-mapping to design and develop project plans.
How to make professional, artful design presentations.
How to recover and/or activate ones multiple intelligences.
How to function as a support person for others and how to ask for the support one needs.
Peer to peer evaluation and review in the context of a learning community.
Throughout the workshops we will explore the core sustainability literacy areas of;
Grounded economic awareness – the ability to drive sustainability
improvements in the workplace · the business case for sustainability ·
life cycle costing · basic business knowledge · transforming business ·
more adequate local economic models · financial viability.
Working with Systems – the ability to recognize inter-connections within
and between systems · manage complex sustainability problems.
Strategic and futures thinking – the ability to create positive visions for the future · strategic thinking and planning.
Effective communication skills – the ability to expose discourses
that undermine sustainability and resist them · how to influence change
inside and outside the organisation · new media literacy · marketing
Finding like-minded people for cooperative efforts –
organisational skills · problem solving · adaptability · consensus
building · inspiring and motivating others · design leadership · team
building· effective collaboration · establishing and managing priorities
· project management.
''Gaia University has enabled me to sharpen my skills as a regenerative
designer. With the support of an international community, a project is
developing that is my own living thesis of permaculture practice. This
began by asking, 'How can I act in a way that empowers others to
organize for sustainability?'' Grifen Hope (Gaia Associate)
What is the format and educational style?
is a participatory design workshop, offered as an experiential learning
event in a
collaborative working environment.
The workshop is participant
centred. We will be utilizing the knowledge and skills of participants
working in design teams in the development of real projects.
A General Programme
The classroom component of the orientation offers a balance of theory, discovery learning and skill-flex
development. Our goal is for this to be a fun and inspiring five days in
which associates have an opportunity to interact as whole people.
''Through this innovative educational process of action learning – mapping
my process and documenting my projects – I have been able to deepen the
relationship between my inner process and the work I do in the world.
This is the educational system of the future.'' Penny Livingston-Stark (Gaia U Associate)
The nature of integrative design, including permaculture, ecovillage and organizational design
Strategies for increased influence and effectiveness as ecosocial designers and activists
The dynamics of working on a design team
Social organization – the consensus model, decision-making methods, meeting methods, leadership issues
An introduction to regenerative economics
The latest thinking about the socio-technical evolution of human societies, including historical perspectives
Understanding the 'second tier' competence and attention model from Spiral Dynamics
''Gaia University has given me the opportunity to design the life of my
dreams in a practical way. My advisors take the well-being of my whole
life into account as we design my year. It's the perfect combination of
freedom and support.'' Kyle Thiermann (Gaia Associate)
What kind of people should come?
is suitable for a wide range of students and professionals in the
government, non-government and private sectors wanting to improve their
practice in sustainability and move their own organisations forward.
We recommend the following people attend;
Local Government staff in Chile or Latin America.
Teachers and educators or staff from education ministeries
of central governments wanting to learn about education for
sustainability, action learning, experiential learning etc.
NGO staff in Chile working for inclusive business and entrepreneurial innovation.
Business people commercial engineer exploring ways of doing green business, transforming business.
Young professionals seeking a career as a sustainability professional.
Central government staff seeking to understand sustainability And How to apply it.
Presidents of Junta Vecinos.
Gaia University graduates wanting to extend their competency.
Permaculture Design Certificate holders seeking career pathways in regenerative design.
Permaculture designers seeking to understand regenerative design.
Ecovillage network members seeking to revitalise their efforts.
Transition Town planners looking for innovative solutions for their own projects.
''...we are creating a new profession: "world-changer". We
hold a safe space for people to learn and to develop their potential to
change the world. The future of this planet depends on people learning
to act as self-directed, self-responsible members of the community
‘Earth’, with open minds and open hearts.''. Katarina Weber (Gaia U Associate)
If you want to make a powerful contribution to a more regenerative,
just and peaceful planet, then El Manzano may very well be for
you. Take the Orientation Workshop to find out.
Why in El Manzano
El Manzano is a regional centre of Gaia University in development. As a
farm, school and community this living university is a working
demonstration of sustainable living, of beginning the transition step by
step towards sustainability.
In El Manzano the intrepid visitor will find a broad array of tools and
techniques for sustainable living that encompass the
ecological, socio-cultural, economic and spiritual dimensions of sustainability.
From native restoration to sustainable forestry, broad acre cultivation
and orchards, to intensive gardens and hand made homes, here is a place
of genuine wealth, abundance and resilience.
As part of a regional, national and international learning community El
Manzano provides transformative action learning pathways that enable
people to develop the values, knowledge and skills needed to create
sustainable human settlements, organisations and businesses.
El Manzano initiative exists as a think and do tank, incubating and
supporting regenerative enterprises through a regional network of
mentors and advisors. We are here to foster participatory design for
green businesses that can address the needs of the local community in a
sustainable way. The El Manzano project is a living example of
regenerative patterns that can provide inspiration, support and guidance
to other initiatives in Latin America and around the world. By
collaborating we can
network with other existing movements and add new voices and wisdom to
the collective movement towards resilient human communities.