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Learn about starting an ecovillage, gain skills as an ecovillage educator, and visit 5 different communities in Costa Rica. The Global Ecovillage Network is coming to Costa Rica for the first time in March-April 2020, and has teamed up with five successful sustainable communities to offer an immersive learning journey into the life and design of Ecovillages. Join us for a unique experience of GEN and Costa Rica, full of inspiration, insight and tools for regenerative living, starting a successful ecovillage, or your own journey as an ecovillage educator.

You can choose to come to one, two or all three trainings. All of them include gourmet organic food, stunning nature, and immersion in Costa Rican Ecovillages. We can help you get from one to the other, and give you a discounted training fee if you join more than one – 5 % off for two trainings, 15 % off if you do all three. If you are a Costa Rican national – you get 15 % off your full costs, including all food and accommodation.

  • 5 day GEN Training of Trainers course @ Rancho Mastatal, March 21 – 25
  • 2 day GEN Introduction and all inclusive Ecovillage Tour of Tacotal, Alegria and La Ecovilla communities, March 27 – 29
  • 5 day Ecovillage Startup Training @ Punta Mona, March 31 – April 5

All three trainings are facilitated by Taisa Mattos and Anna Kovasna – the directors of GEN Education, with experience ranging from founding and living in ecovillages to researching, teaching and creating innovative new educational programmes about them.

Program.

You can choose to come to one, two or all three trainings. All of them include gourmet organic food, stunning nature, and immersion in Costa Rican Communities. We can help you get from one to the other, and give you a discounted training fee if you join more than one – 5 % off for two trainings, 15 % off if you do all three. If you are a Costa Rican national – you get 15 % off your full costs, including all food and accommodation.

  • 5 day GEN Training of Trainers course @ Rancho Mastatal, March 21 – 25
  • 2 day GEN Introduction Ecovillage Tour of Tacotal, Alegria and La Ecovilla communities, March 27 – 29
  • 5 day Ecovillage Startup Training @ Punta Mona, March 31 – April 5

All three trainings are facilitated by Taisa Mattos and Anna Kovasna – the directors of GEN Education, with experience ranging from founding and living in ecovillages to researching, teaching and creating innovative new educational programmes about them.

Highlights.

  • 5 day GEN Training of Trainers course @ Rancho Mastatal, March 21 – 25
  • 2 day GEN Introduction and all inclusive Ecovillage Tour of Tacotal, Alegria and La Ecovilla communities, March 27 – 29
  • 5 day Ecovillage Startup Training @ Punta Mona, March 31 – April 5

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • shared rooms
  • private room

Vegetarian Food

  • communally cooked meals

Internet

  • slow: emails only

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Bookings.

$505/person

Training of Trainers (5 days) at Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica (21 - 25 March)

Are you looking for ways to empower yourself and others to be the change you want to see? Ready to boost your skills as a teacher and facilitator of ecovillage-based learning? In this training we share tools and pedagogy developed in GEN, giving you a chance to practice using them to create transformational learning experiences for others.

Ecovillages have spent decades researching how to unleash human creativity and solidarity in response to the challenges of our time. From indigenous villages to urban neighbourhoods and new intentional communities, GEN’s growing network is showcasing ways of living together that support both people and planet to thrive.

GEN Education aims to spread that learning and inspiration to ever widening circles.

The GEN Training of Trainers is an opportunity for you to become an active part of that journey, and to strengthen your capacity to teach, facilitate and train people using GEN’s unique tools and ecovillage based pedagogy.

With new skills, deeper knowledge of the global ecovillage movement, and a growing community of GEN Trainers, we hope to increate you inspiration and confidence as a changemaker and educator.

Taking part in the training means you…

Learn creative ways to teach and facilitate using the Ecovillage Design Cards and GEN’s Journey of Renegeration

Practice working with the Ecovillage Design Cards to inspire action, encourage whole-systems thinking, facilitate regenerative community design, and teach sustainability in innovative ways.
Learn how to guide individuals or groups through a journey of project creation rooted in collaboration, holistic thinking and increasing resilience.
Develop your skills as a facilitator of participatory and transformative learning

Share best practices for preparing and delivering ecovillage-based workshops
Learn how to build community in your group and skillfully create inspiring, open and cocreative training environments.
Gain a deeper understanding of yourself as a trainer, and how to use your unique skills and personality as a facilitator of transformative learning.

Increase your capacity to present ecovillages as a solution to the world’s most pressing challenges

Deepen your understanding of Ecovillages as a powerful grassroots strategy to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Explore create ways to relate your work and impact to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Learn how to work with diverse communities using the GEN Impact Assessment.
Become a GEN Ambassador, and qualify to apply to be a GEN Trainer

Become an official GEN spokesperson, and gain the opportunity to run GEN trainings and make your work part of the Global Ecovillage Learning Journey. As a certified GEN Trainer, you will become part of a growing community of individuals passionate about facilitating hands-on positive transformation, using the framework of whole systems thinking and participatory design that is at the heart of the ecovillage movement.

*This fee only covers the training. Accommodation and food must be booked separately.
*Discounted rates available for Costa Rican nationals as well as students and those with no/low income.
*Additional discount if booked with other GEN training events as part of the Costa Rica Learning Immersion.
$288/person

Ecovillage Intro & Tour (2 days) at Tacotal, Alegria & La Ecovilla (27 - 29 March)

This all-inclusive weekend experience brings you the best of local action and global networking. Visit Tacotal, Alegria and La Ecovilla to see, hear, feel, smell and taste life in Costa Rican ecovillage projects – and deepen your knowledge of our global network at the same time. We also offer this as an all-inclusive package with the Ecovillage Startup Training at Punta Mona, an option that not only gives you 5% off the course fee of both trainigs, but also includes all your transportation and options for a night in Puerto Viejo between the trainings.

You will have a chance to experience local regenerative solutions, talk to founders and members of our hosts communities, and get introduced to the holistic view of regeneration and participatory design at the heart of Ecovillages across the globe. There will also be time for informal chats and Q&As with guest facilitator Stephen Brooks, co-founder of all our three host communities, as well as with your GEN facilitatos Taisa Mattos & Anna Kovasna – the core team of GEN Education & Research, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in all things ecovillage.

The weekend includes:

Welcome campfire and community-building session on the night of March 27
GEN and Ecovillage Introduction workshops woven into activities each day
2 days of full accommodation in glamping tents at a magical riverside in Tacotal
Organic, locally-grown vegetarian meals and snacks
Shared meals and activities with ecovillage members to provide opportunity to engage and ask questions
One day visiting La Ecovilla, discussing and seeing alternative energy solutions, green building, and community food forests
A visit to Alternative School Casa Sular, demonstrating autonomous learning for ages 3-18
One day visiting Alegria and the farm-to-table experience
Potential additional activities such as nature hikes, waterfall swims, a sweet mud-bath in the river, and yoga on the newly finished yoga deck at Alegria.

Our home base will be in Tacotal, with visits to the other two communities, which are both nearby. With different characters, visions and stages of development, our three host communities will give you a good view of the diversity of ecovillage living that exists within even a small country like Costa Rica.

We will stay by the riverside in Tacotal, in lush surroundings, immersed in the beautiful nature of Costa Rica. You can chose between a shared glamping tent all set up for you, or to bring your own tent. If you prefer solid walls, you can book small apartment style rooms at La Ecovilla for an additional cost.

Tacotal is a forming intentional community in the mountains between Costa Rica’s Central Valley and Pacific Coast. The land was purchased collectively in 2007. Some members currently live at Tacotal full time, tending to agricultural projects, building their homes, maintaining and cultivating the land. Others live away, but meet on the land to make important communal decisions about development, agreements, new members, etc.

Alegria Village is a developing ecological neighbourhood in the hills of San Mateo, Alajuela. The permaculture farm is up and running, and more and more infrastructure is in place. Plans include 120 private homes, edible community gardens, a shared community centre, yoga shala and coworking hub as well as a school and elder’s village. At Alegria we will enjoy a farm-to-table dinner under the stars in the Mandala Garden.

La Ecovilla consists of 44 families from 28 countries and is made up of privately owned homes and shared facilities that include a yoga shala, permaculture gardens, sports fields and a community-owned school based on connection with nature and the idea that the children’s interests are the best educational guides. Here, you can see a wide variety of ecological building styles.

*This fee only covers the training. Accommodation and food must be booked separately.
*Discounted rates available for Costa Rican Nationals, students, and those with no/low income.
*Additional discount if booked with other GEN training events as part of the Costa Rica Learning Immersion.
$505/person

Ecovillage Startup Course (5 days) at Punta Mona (31 March – April 5)

Are you dreaming about staring an Ecovillage? Are you passionate about creating a better future where both people and planet can thrive? Are you ready to take the step to turn your vision into reality? Then the Ecovillage Startup Training is for you.

This is a unique journey into the life and design of Ecovillages, based on research and examples from communities around the world, and drawing on the experience of founders throughout the Global Ecovillage Network. Join us for an exploration of what an Ecovillage is, and what it takes to start one. Explore the steps, success factors and common pitfalls in the process of creating community, and leave with skills, tools and resources to turn your vision into reality.

The methodology for this course is both theoretical and experiential, so come prepared to learn and engage deeply in participatory processes, innovative methodologies and a taste of some tools used by Ecovillages. Our aim is that you leave the training feeling empowered to cocreate the community you want.

In the training we will cover:
- Working with participatory design and the Ecovillage map of social, ecological, economic and cultural regeneration
- Inspiration from the 32 Ecovillage principles and Ecovillages around the world
- Understanding the power of Ecovillages as collaborative grass-roots responses to local and global challenges
- Founding or joining? What it takes to start an Ecovillage & the pros and cons of different first steps
- Exploring roadmaps and milestones for starting an Ecovillage – from idea to community
- Key decisions for Ecovillage Founders
- ‘Things I wish I had known…’ – success factors and common challenges and how to overcome them
- How to find a shared purpose and keep it alive
- The links between personal growth, community building and regenerative work
- Creating community glue
- Tools for creating collaborative cultures, build trust and increase connection
- The importance of authentic communication and conflict management
- Understanding how vision, membership, ownership and governance methods link and influence each other
- Decision-making in ecovillages – balancing participation and efficiency
- Different economic models for community living
- Introduction to Permaculture with the Punta Mona team

We will also experience
> Punta Mona farm tour
> Hikes through stunning nature
> Morning yoga
> Bonfire sharing circles
> Fresh river mud bath
> Community meals
> Remote Caribbean beaches
> Cacao Ceremony

* This fee only covers the training. Accommodation and food must be booked separately.
* Discounted rates available for Costa Rican nationals, as well as students and those with no/low income.
*Additional discount if booked with other GEN training events as part of the Costa Rica Learning Immersion.
$1180/person

Costa Rica Learning Immersion - 5 different communities in Costa Rica. March - April 2020

The Global Ecovillage Network is coming to Costa Rica for the first time in March-April 2020, and has teamed up with five successful sustainable communities to offer an immersive learning journey into the life and design of Ecovillages. Join us for a unique experience of GEN and Costa Rica, full of inspiration, insight and tools for regenerative living, starting a successful ecovillage, or your own journey as an ecovillage educator.

You can choose to come to one, two or all three trainings. All of them include gourmet organic food, stunning nature, and immersion in Costa Rican Ecovillages. We can help you get from one to the other, and give you a discounted training fee if you join more than one – 5 % off for two trainings, 15 % off if you do all three. If you are a Costa Rican national – you get 15 % off your full costs, including all food and accommodation.

5 day GEN Training of Trainers course @ Rancho Mastatal, March 21 – 25
2 day GEN Introduction and all inclusive Ecovillage Tour of Tacotal, Alegria and La Ecovilla communities, March 27 – 29
5 day Ecovillage Startup Training @ Punta Mona, March 31 – April 5
All three trainings are facilitated by Taisa Mattos and Anna Kovasna – the directors of GEN Education, with experience ranging from founding and living in ecovillages to researching, teaching and creating innovative new educational programmes about them.

* This fee only covers the training. Accommodation and food must be booked seperately.
* Discounted rates available for Costa Rican nationals as well as students and those with no/low income.
* Each of the trainings can also be booked separately.

Getting here.

Several different locations. Please get in touch for more info.

Opportunities

Ecovillage Learning Immersion in Costa Rica is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Ecovillage
  • Community Life

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