Due to the global situation with COVID-19, it is with great sadness that we we are cancelling GEN’s venues in the United States.
With travel restrictions, the number of countries in lockdown, and the spread of the virus rapidly increasing, neither the GEN team nor participants can be sure of travelling safely.
We truly look forward to coming to the United States in the future, and we will keep offering trainings around the world. For now, we are also speeding up the development of our online classes, so that we can keep learning and connecting as a global community throughout this time of uncertainty and change. To keep informed about our offerings, we suggest you sign up to our newsletter.
We already have plans for webinars, online courses and more – on topics similar to the GEN Intro and Startup, as well as more directly related to community resilience in times of crisis, coping with lockdown, etc. The first one happening March 20-22
Our very best wishes that you and your loved ones are safe,
The GEN Education Team
March 11 – 24, GEN CEO Kosha Joubert will be offering a series of talks and workshops in collaboration with GEN North America and partners.
Kosha 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 grew up in South Africa under Apartheid and has been dedicated to building bridges across divides ever since. She has lived in ecovillages for the past 25 years. Kosha is also a co-founder of Gaia Education, which develops trainings at the cutting-edge of sustainability, 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. She has also given a TEDx Talk on Ecovillages.
Below, you find a list of all events during Kosha’s time in the US, followed by detailed descriptions as you jump or scroll down.
- March 11 – 13: Talks and visits in the Bay Area, California
- March 13: Evening presentation Marin County – Communities For Future : The Global Ecovillage Network
- March 14: One day workshop, Marin Hive, San Rafael – Ecovillage Design and Community Healing Practices : Tools & Methods for Regenerative Community Design
- March 16: Potluck and evening presentation at Los Angeles Ecovillage – Meet the Global Ecovillage Network : Community-led development from the Local to the Global
- March 17: Presentation at Los Angeles City Hall – Urban Ecovillages and Community-led Approaches to Regeneration
- March 19: Presentation at Unitarian Church, Ithaca – Ecovillages as a community-led response to the climate emergency
- March 20: Ecovillage Tour and Conversation – Regenerative Community Living in Ecovillage at Ithaca, the US and Around the World
- March 20 – 22: Two day workshop at EcoVillage at Ithaca – Communities for Future : Our Response to the Climate Emergency
- March 24: Mini workshop, Ithaca – Building Climate-Resilient Communities – Exploring Tompkins County Through an Ecovillage Lens
More events TBC!
March 11 – 13, Berkeley & Oakland, CA – in collaboration with California Cohousing
Gatherings, talks and visits to local regenerative projects
Three days of connecting with movement leaders, activists and regenerative projects in Oakland, Berkeley and the greater East Bay Area. Through a series of circles, talks and visits we will explore what GEN and the ecovillage movement can bring to, and learn from, local projects in the areas of social justice, urban farming, housing justice, and community living in urban and suburban areas. GEN envisions a world of empowered citizens and communities, designing and implementing their own pathways to a regenerative future, and building bridges of hope and international solidarity. With this as our guide, we come to learn, connect, and share examples of cooperative cultures and more just and sustainable lifestyles from around the world.
Friday March 13, Marin Hive, San Rafael, CA – in collaboration with Tribalize
Communities For Future – The Global Ecovillage Network
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
In this community dialogue, Kosha explains how the Global Ecovillage Network catalyses the power of community for a sustainable future and inspires governments around the world to include ‘Ecovillage Development Programmes’ in their strategies for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Agreements. Together, we will explore whether and how you and your community might join this movement.
Suggested Donation: $20
Location: The Hive Marin, 703 3rd St, San Rafael, CA 94901
For more information and to register, visit our eventbrite page
Saturday March 14, Marin Hive, San Rafael, CA – in collaboration with Tribalize
Ecovillage Design & Community Healing Practices – Tools & Methods for Regenerative Community Design
Time: March 14, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
In this one day workshop, Kosha will guide you though an experiential one-day exploration of innovative tools & methods for regenerative community design, collective resilience, compassionate communication & conflict resolution. The morning will introduce you to the Ecovillage Design Cards and GEN’s approach to social, ecological, economic and cultural resilience; a community-led model developed through experimentation, research and lived experience in a diversity of regenerative communities across the globe. You will get a chance to deepen your understanding of what ecovillage living can be, and discuss how ecovillage design is applicable in your own life – regardless of how you live now.
In the afternoon, Kosha will introduce the topic of communication, conflict resolution and healing in community, and lead you through a series of exercises where you get to experience first-hand the power of compassionate communication and authentic relating, and learn more about trauma healing and restorative practices for conflict resolution in community.
Cost: $100 – $250 sliding scale
Location: The Hive Marin, 703 3rd St, San Rafael, CA 94901
For more information and to register, visit our eventbrite page
Monday March 16, Los Angeles Ecovillage, CA – In collaboration with LAEV and the Center for Urban Ecovillages Los Angeles
Meet the Global Ecovillage Network – Community-led development from the Local to the Global
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm – veggie potluck (zero waste event; please bring your own eating ware)
6:30 to 8:30pm – Talk, Q&A, and discussion with Kosha
In this presentation and casual evening conversation, Kosha introduces the Global Ecovillage Network’s (GEN) work in catalyzing the power of community to inspire governments around the world to include Ecovillage Development Programs in their strategies for implementing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Agreements. Together, we can explore how Los Angeles can be more fully and effectively involved in this movement.
Fee: $5 to $20 sliding scale
Location: 3554 W. First Street at Bimini Place (enter on Bimini)
Songs in the north end of L.A. Eco-Village, Los Angeles 90004
March 17, Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles, CA – In collaboration with the Center for Urban Ecovillages Los Angeles
Urban Ecovillages and Community-led Approaches to Regeneration
GEN is a growing network of regenerative communities and initiatives, founded in 1995, and with consultative status to UN ECOSOC and UNEP. Comprising of five continental networks and reaching out to more than 6,000 communities, GEN builds bridges between policy-makers, governments, NGOs, academics, entrepreneurs, activists, community networks and ecologically-minded individuals across the globe in order to develop strategies for a global transition to resilient communities and cultures.
In this talk, GEN CEO Kosha Joubert addresses the potential of bringing ecovillage lifestyles to urban areas, and how community-led initiatives and local governments can collaborate to better catalyse regional transformation and resilience. We draw particular inspiration from Los Angeles Ecovillage, one of the world’s longest-standing Urban Ecovillages, and from GEN’s work with governments around the world to support the design and implementation of local and bioregional regeneration in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information, contact 213-738-1254 or [email protected]
March 19, Unitarian Church, Ithaca, NY – in collaboration with Ecovillage at Ithaca
Ecovillages as a community-led response to the climate emergency
GEN links more than 6000 collaborative communities around the world active in social, economic, ecological and cultural regeneration. Working at different scales, from the local to the international, GEN has spent decades exploring how to unleash creativity and solidarity in response to the climate emergency. In this talk, Kosha explains how the Global Ecovillage Network
catalyses the power of community for a sustainable future and inspires governments around the world to include ‘Ecovillage
Development Programmes’ in their strategiesfor the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate
Agreements. Togethe, we will explore whether and how you and your community might join this movement.
Cost: $10 prepaid, $12 at the door
To learn more or register, contact [email protected]
March 20, EcoVillage at Ithaca, NY
Ecovillage Tour and Conversation – Regenerative Community Living in Ithaca, the US and Around the World
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm tour followed by lunch at the Ecovillage
This informal tour and lunch at EcoVillage at Ithaca is a unique chance to link local, regional, and global action together in the company of EcoVillage at Ithaca residents, members of the North American Ecovillage Network, and Kosha Joubert, CEO of the Global Ecovillage Network. Explore the details of ecovillage living in one specific community, while learning more about the wider context and movements of sustainable community living across the US and globally. You will experience a taste of community life with a vegetarian community lunch, and get the chance to ask questions and reflect together with people who have a wide variety of experiences from hundreds of ecovillages and intentional communities around the world.
More information and registration available on EcoVillage at Ithaca’s website
March 20 – 22, EcoVillage at Ithaca, NY
Communities for Future – Our Response to the Climate Emergency
Working at different scales, from the local to the international, GEN has spent decades exploring how to unleash creativity and solidarity in response to the climate emergency. Join this weekend workshop to learn about the latest ecovillage design tools, and how communities around the world are responding to the climate crisis with creative, participatory solutions able to affect real change in people’s lives. You will:
- Learn about the GEN Map of Regeneration and key actions for community-led social, ecological, economic and cultural regeneration
- Experience working with the Ecovillage Design Cards to inspire action, encourage whole-systems thinking, facilitate regenerative community design, and teach sustainability in innovative ways
- Deepen your understanding of Ecovillages as a powerful grassroots strategy to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
- Be invited to become an official GEN Ambassador and join our growing community of individuals passionate about scaling the holistic and community-led approach to regeneration that is at the heart of the ecovillage movement
This workshop can be residential, with accommodation at EcoVillage at Ithaca, or non-residential if you prefer to stay elsewhere. You can also choose to include your meals or not – see more details below.
Times: Friday 5 pm – 9:30 pm (including dinner), Saturday 9 am – 6 pm + optional evening session, Sunday 9 am – 3 pm.
Location: EcoVillage at Ithaca, 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850
Course fee: Sliding scale – $160 normal price; $120 students/low income; $100 EVI Residents, GEN Ambassadors, Friends of GEN
Meals: $80 for 6 healthy organic vegetarian meals and snacks; Fri dinner – Sun lunch
Accommodation: $50/night single; $75/night double room at EcoVillage. You are welcome to stay extra nights both before and after the workshop.
For more information and to register visit https://ecovillageithaca.org/learn/gen_workshop_2020, email [email protected], or phone (866) 529-4465
Building Climate-Resilient Communities – Exploring Tompkins County Through an Ecovillage Lens
This participatory mini workshop uses a map of community-led regeneration developed in GEN to throw new light on resilience in Tompkins County. GEN works with a four-field map of social, ecological, economic and cultural regeneration linked through a set of principles for integral design. It’s a deeply participatory and community-based model, developed through research and lived experience in a diversity of ecovillages across the globe. In this interactive session, we use that map to collaboratively and visually map strengths and weaknesses in Tompkins County, followed by a solutions-focussed inquiry into increasing local resilience together. Guided by Kosha Joubert from GEN, the session builds on the insights and knowledge of people in the group to deepen conversation and discover unexpected elements, leverage points and potential new directions for local and regional resilience.
For more information contact [email protected]