This is the February Newsletter of the Global Ecovillage Network! This month, we invite you to join our Communities in Times of Change! We offer a free participatory webinar on February 19 where we will explore how to create community. Striving for diversity and accessibility, we ask your help to offer Scholarships to our upcoming Ecovillage Design Education course. We also present to you the result of the intergenerational connections between GEN elders & NextGEN, and celebrate our first Permaculture Design Course.

We also feature several opportunities in the Ecovillage world, including two call for papers on ecovillages, GENOA's Whole System co-learning journey REGEN-Nations, and more! We join the Water Stories and pledge: let's bring back the rain! The Findhorn Foundation invites us to create community wherever we are.

And at last, but not least, the European Ecovillage Gathering is Confirmed! See all the information below.

Join this 2 hours free participatory webinar!

Ecovillages have always been laboratories for the future. In these times of change and separation it is ever more important to create community wherever you are.

We're thrilled to invite you join Taisa Mattatos and Macaco Tamerice on Saturday for a sneak peak into the world of Ecovillage design as they discuss Communities in times of change.

SATURDAY 19 February, 14:00 CET (Find your local time here.)

Topics we will cover:

  • What is community?
  • How can I create community where I am?
  • What are the key points in creating thriving communities?
  • Introduction to the Online Ecovillage Design Education Programme and Methodology

✍ Registration are free and open! 

Sign up to the Free Webinar 
Help us to offer Scholarships for the EDE!
The scholarships will serve participants from the Global South, non-majority backgrounds and/or crisis areas – any amount helps!

Driven by the inspiration from our first Online Live EDE, we have launched our second cohort which will run from March to July 2022.

Know more about the Ecovillage Design Education

Much of the success of this programme lies in the diversity of both facilitators and participants – coming from all corners of the globe and a range of walks of life. We always strive to ensure our offerings are accessible to those who will make the most of them, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Now we are fundraising to support participants in the next round – see here some of the profiles who need the scholarship. We welcome the abundance of donations to make our scholarships possible! Know more about the EDE Scholarships.

Last but not least, here is a quick overview of the speakers featuring this upcoming EDE... Truly a unique experience.



The spirit of our ecovillage network  comes alive through collective learning and community building. In 2021, the members of NextGEN, the youth branch of the ecovillage network, set out to host virtual fireside chats together with the GEN Elders to celebrate this spirit.

These calls were  a space to nurture and expand our intergenerational connections at the heart of GEN (Global Ecovillage Network), and to bridge the past, present and future of the ecovillage network. The youth were invited to meet, ask questions and learn from the rich experience of GEN Elders. The elders, in return, could explore and enjoy the freshness, enthusiasm, and creativity of the younger generation. Read the full story on our website.

Harvesting experiences  from our first Permaculture Design Course!
We are celebrating the completion of GEN’s first LIVE online Permaculture Design Course (PDC)! The group was composed of 45 participants who were coming from very diverse backgrounds and living realities. The course was facilitated by Andre Soares and co-facilitator Lucy Legan, who have a longstanding history in teaching residential permaculture design courses all around the world. In this blog article we are exploring the learnings and insights of hosting a PDC online with a global community of permaculture enthusiasts!

"This has been so much more than the PDC I anticipated participating in. It has been so good to glimpse the diversity of our life situations – and our own very individual applications of permaculture. We have so much common ground too and to share on so many levels, to feel connected, is wonderful."
Louise Halloway, PDC participant

Throughout the course, each participant was working on an individual design project that was presented at the end of the course. The opportunity to interact with experienced permaculture designers from around the world gave a foundation for many participants to feel well prepared and propose ambitious projects of regeneration. 

Read the full article
If you are inspired by our first online PDC and interested in future offerings and GEN’s second PDC – to be launched on 7th of May 2022 – you can find more information and the registration form here. The 20% early bird discount still runs until 15th of March!
Know more about our Online PDC
Publication opportunity - Springer Climate Action & GEN Research
Collection on Ecovillages and other Community-led Initiatives as Experiences of Climate
Action has created a regular section of their publications focused entirely on academic articles about Ecovillages and other Community-led Initiatives as experiences of climate action.
We are looking for papers about ecovillages as pragmatic examples of bottom up initiatives for climate action all over the world.
For any pre-submission questions concerning the focus and scope of the Ecovillages Special Collection, please contact:
Dr. Anne-Kathrin Schwab, University of Vechta / GEN Research Group Email: 
Dr. Rebeca Roysen, University of Basel  / GEN Research Group Email: 
For any other question concerning your submission please contact the journal.

More information here.
Co-learning journey with GENOA
Are you looking for a way to get involved in the global regeneration movement but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you already have a project in mind and want to learn how to develop and implement it using whole systems design? This spring a new edition of REGEN-Nations program starts on 25 April – the 6-month learning journey.  

Dedicated mentors, speakers and practitioners from the vast bioregion of Asia and Oceania will guide you through the embodied wisdom gathered through their lived experiences. You'll meet an inspirational team on this learning journey that might become your companions for co-creating regenerative ways of living on earth.
Learn more and join Regen-Nations

Help us to Reverse Drought and Restore the Rain

A Campaign for Water Cycle Awareness
Are you interested in learning a community-centered approach to solving our most pressing environmental crises?  One that delivers meaningful results after the first rainy season? 

Then you might want to check out Water Stories and their global campaign to Bring Back Rain.  They are launching their online community platform for water restoration on February 16th with a live event.  The first of a series of videos will premiere at the event, 3 water cycle animations.  These animations vividly show the water cycle in 3 different states; the water cycle in it’s full health, the watershed death spiral that we currently find ourselves in with severe flood, drought, and fire, and the revived water cycle - proven techniques to reverse these trends.  

They are hosting the event at two different times, to accommodate a global audience.  You can Join this World Premiere event here.
Creating Findhorn Where You Are
The Findhorn Foundation is welcoming people from around the world to join them in a 4 month online journey called Creating Findhorn Where You Are - exploring how to embody the Findhorn Foundation Community's core practices to create the life you want.
GEN Europe confirms their 2022 Gathering!
The European Ecovillage Gathering is back in 2022. Mark your calendars for July 7-10 in the beautiful and historic community of Svanholm, Denmark - just one hour outside Copenhagen.

Tickets on sale in March 2022 - stay tuned at
ICSA Conference - Final Call for Papers
The International Communal Studies Association is delighted that the GEN Europe Gathering will be in Denmark this July, just one week before their own conference at the Audonicon Conference Center in Skanderborg, Denmark. In honor of this synchronicity, they are re-opening their call for papers and seek proposals from ecovillage scholars.

Conference theme:  “Co-Creating Community: Evolving Models of Intentional Community”
Dates: July 14-16, 2022 (plus tours of Danish Ecovillages and intentional communities July 12 and July 17-18)
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