Community
Education

(Before: "Health, Happiness and Green Living")
Study Community Education to create happy, healthy and sustainable communities

A life-changing course that will give you skills to build communities with
deep relationships, permaculture design, shared values and green businesses

Certification Course | 12 WEEKS

NEXT COURSES

AUTUMN 2024 | Sep 5 to Nov 27
SPRING 2025 | Mar 7 to May 29
AUTUMN 2025 | Sep 12 to Dec 4
*including arrivals and departures

 

 

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What is Community Education?

The Community Education course program is based on the worldwide-known Ecovillage Design Education syllabus (EDE), created in 2005 by two leaders of sustainable development popularization: Global Ecovillage Network and Gaia Education.  

It is your journey into a more joyful and regenerative life in any intentional community — in your ecovillage, at a workplace, organization or in a family.

You will explore how to improve your life and make a positive change in the world through the Sustainability Wheel, including the Social, Worldview, Ecological, and Economic dimensions.

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What will Community Education give you?

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Why is Community Education so insightful?

Certified Facilitators

Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and inspiring teachers

Participatory Learning

You learn through discussions, group work, and practical activities

Community Life

Common morning circles, shared meals and support to feel part of the Avnø Oasis community

Student Ideas

Many opportunities to offer activities or presentations and share your experience

Creative Projects

Many mini-designs and a week-long design at the end

Excursions

Guided visits to Danish ecovillages and green projects

Health and Wellness

Join morning exercises, use our fitness room, learn healthy cooking or play sports in the gym

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What is the program of Community Education?

There are 5 modules (they may have a different order).
Each of them includes design time — sessions dedicated to individual or group project work.

1. Community Building | 2,5 weeks

Aim: to become a creative co-player in the co-creation of intentional communities

Content:

  • Our Emotions & Needs — Compassionate Communication (NVC)
  • Sociocracy (how to make group decisions)
  • Deep Listening & Consent
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Dragon Dreaming (how to make great projects)
  • Facilitation of Activities & Meetings
  • Leadership & Rank
  • Women’s & Men’s Circles
  • Arts & Crafts and more
2. Environmental Sustainability | 2,5 weeks

Aim: to explore regenerative solutions for your daily life and for the global scale

Content:

  • Earth Regeneration
  • Permaculture Design (“permanent agriculture“)
  • Practical Home Gardening & Food Security
  • Green Cities and Infrastructure
  • Green Building & Retrofitting
  • Reconsidering Waste: Compost, Recycling & Upcycling 
  • Sustainable Energy & Water Management and more
3. Holistic View of Life | 2,5 weeks

Aim: to look deeper into how life works and improve your level of happiness and vitality

Content:

  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Personal Development & Self-Reflection
  • Healthy Cooking & Macrobiotic Principles
  • Reconnection with Nature
  • Massage Techniques & Body Treatment
  • Spiral Dynamics (a model of human consciousness evolution)
  • Socially Engaged Spirituality and more
4. Green Companies | 2 weeks

Aim: to understand the financial system and become comfortable & creative with your resources

Content:

  • Economic Realms: Global, Local, Ecovillage, Circular, Regenerative
  • Our Money & Resources
  • Personal Relationships with Money
  • Community Banks & Local Currencies
  • Fundraising
  • Legal Aspects of Community Life and more
5. Design Time | 2,5 weeks

Aim: to use all the gained knowledge and skills to practice, get comfortable, and turn our wishesm, ideas and interests into systemic designs

Content:

  • Design Community Activities
  • Design Social Cultures
  • Design Regenerative Projects
  • Design Green Companies
  • Design Your Life
  • Design Ecovillages and more mini-designs
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What makes our Community Education realistic?

Various “Ecovillage Design Education”-based courses have been organized 350+ times in 55 countries around the world. We are connected with the network of the EDE organizers, so the wisdom of the past experiences continuously improves our program. 

Unlike other similar programs, our Community Education course lasts 3 months. Students and teachers live together in a real ecovillage community — it gives you a chance to study, practice, connect, and transform your life on a much deeper level. 

The course is created in cooperation with the Danish Ecovillage Network and Gaia Education

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What is the Community Education schedule?

We have a great combination of activities & free time for community and relaxation

2 days off weekly

Thursday and Friday. There may be optional activities, organized by students or residents

4-5 excursions

Field trips to nearby Danish communities and regenerative projects for 1-3 days

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Who teaches Community Education?

Olha Simon

Olha Simon

Olha completed her Ecovillage Design Education course in Ukraine in 2020 — and it totally changed her life! She is now one of the active members of Avnø Oasis community, a board member of GEN Ukraine, a certified Gaia Education trainer and an ecovillage researcher. Having a pedagogical background, Olha has coordinated and around 15 various educational programs and courses in Ukraine and Denmark. She is both the coordinator of this course and the main facilitator. Olha loves being honest, talking about deep stuff and making fun.

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Kristiane Ravn Frost

Kristiane is one of the co-founders of Avnø Oasis ecovillage and Avnø Højskole. Although she is an educated economist, Kristiane has taught about health and well-being in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and USA since 1982. She developed the Aima tools for personal transformation in 2001 to support a smooth transition to a healthy diet and lifestyle. After participating in EDE Damanhur in 2018, she received the certification of a Gaia Education trainer and created the first Health, Happiness and Green Living course. Kristiane is a very loving, brave and empowering person.

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Where will you live?

 

Located in the nature reserve, neighbor to the sea and forest, Avnø Oasis offers a lovely setting with a relaxed atmosphere.

Enjoy healthy and delicious organic meals (vegan option available) and use our facilities: gym, fitness, art, woodworking, music rooms, our library, and co-working space.

Become a part of our international community, which also includes doing some household chores & kitchen service together with residents. 

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What is the price?

We ask for a registration fee of 500 euros that will be returned when you leave (providing your room was left clean and all your additional expenses to Avnø Højskole were paid (snacks, private car use, materials, excursions etc). Please expect up to 3000 DKK/400€ of additional expenses for excursions and materials.

 

 

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