Photo by Eugénie Dumont

Custom Academic Programs in Ecovillages

with Daniel Greenberg, PhD and Anna Kovasna

Learn how to create custom study programs in ecovillages by partnering with CAPE and the Global Ecovillage Network. In this webinar, we will showcase a few amazing ecovillages and describe how you can develop custom faculty-led, managed, or excursion programs around the world. There will also be time for Q&A.

Lead presenter, Daniel Greenberg, Ph.D., has spent over 20 years developing ecovillage-based study abroad programs and has helped over 1,500 students live and learn within these transformative communities. Daniel has also chaired Sustainability Task Forces for NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Forum for Education Abroad, is co-founder and past Board Member of Gaia Education. Daniel currently serves as President of the Global Ecovillage Network.

Anna Kovasna is a trainer, researcher and community consultant passionate about the co-creation of just, collaborative and free societies. She works as Director of Education at the Global Ecovillage Network, developing tools, training and platforms channelling applied ecovillage research and experience in five continents into resources for individuals, organisations and communities engaged in finding beautiful alternatives, innovative solutions and regenerative lifestyles. Originally from Sweden, Anna until recently lived in Findhorn, and is currently on the road to new adventures.

13 March 2018, 12pm ET (US and Canada) – see your local time here

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Trauma and Forgiveness: Generating Heartfelt Responses to the World Around Us

with Kosha Joubert for Gaia University

Trauma lingers in our body systems from all those moments when something happens that is too painful or fearful for us to integrate. Animals seem to have an easier time shaking off the energy of shock and stress – we see ducks naturally shaking themselves to let go of accumulated adrenaline after fierce encounters. Unfortunately perhaps, we humans are more able to hide and internalise stress, and we end up carrying within our bodies not only the trauma from experiences in our individual lives, but also the historic trauma from generations that went before.

The cruelty and terror that accompany wars, colonialism, slavery, rape – all of these have left deep scars within the tissue of humanity which are passed on from generation to generation. When we meet in our communities and global networks, and when we start to develop trust, honesty and intimacy with one another, these scar tissues find enough safety to show up. We may experience this as a move from unconscious numbness to acute discomfort. By nature, it is painful and frightening. Our patterns of self-defense are likely to be triggered. The feelings hidden within the wounds we carry were overwhelming at the time, and they might still feel overwhelming when we touch them again now. Yet, they come up for healing.

Trauma is frozen life force – in order to melt back into the river of life it needs the compassionate witnessing presence of the other. We can learn to recognise trauma in ourselves and others. We can learn to self-regulate trauma so that it does not become overwhelming. We can learn to hold space consciously for each other so that healing and forgiveness can take place. Ubuntu – I am because you are.

Kosha Joubert serves as the Executive Director of the Global Ecovillage Network. She has many years of experience as an international facilitator, trainer, and consultant and has worked extensively in the fields of community empowerment, intercultural collaboration and sustainable development. Kosha is also co-founder of Gaia Education and co-author of the internationally applied curriculum of the Ecovillage Design Education. In 2016, Kosha received the Dadi Janki Award – 100 Women of Spirit – for engaging spirituality in life and work and for making a difference in the world.

15 March 2018, 5pm GMT – see your local time here

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