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  • Title: Gaia University
    Descriptive info: .. Skip to Main Content Area.. Welcome!.. Meet Gaia University 2.. 0 - an un/learning community for liberating intelligences and knowledge-making systems for the benefit of life on Earth.. Access edge-accredited degrees and diplomas arising from self, ecosocial economic transformation.. Design your own action pathway - in communities of your choice - supported by our network of skilled mentors.. Our new Diploma designs are open-source - get organized and, with our help, you too can open an un/learning school.. Reclaim higher education for the 100%!.. Select Language.. Arabic.. Bulgarian.. Chinese (Simplified).. Chinese (Traditional).. Croatian.. Czech.. Danish.. Dutch.. Finnish.. French.. German.. Greek.. Hindi.. Italian.. Japanese.. Korean.. Norwegian.. Polish.. Portuguese.. Romanian.. Russian.. Swedish.. Catalan.. Filipino.. Hebrew.. Indonesian.. Latvian.. Lithuanian.. Serbian.. Slovak.. Slovenian.. Ukrainian.. Vietnamese.. Albanian.. Estonian.. Galician.. Hungarian.. Maltese.. Thai.. Turkish.. Persian.. Afrikaans.. Malay.. Swahili.. Irish.. Welsh.. Belarusian.. Icelandic.. Macedonian.. Yiddish.. Quick Links.. Apply.. Contact Us.. FAQs.. Calendar.. Glossary.. Subscribe to our newsletter.. |.. Login.. Mega Menu.. ABOUT US.. HOW IT WORKS.. PROGRAMS.. PEOPLE.. PARTNERS.. CALENDAR.. ADMISSIONS.. CATALOG.. GU LATINA.. About Us.. Welcome Letter.. Our Name.. Mission.. Ethics.. Why Gaia U?.. Accreditation.. The GU Global Network.. Our Community.. The Commons.. Learning Strategies.. Action Learning.. Unlearning.. Self As Subject.. Lifelong Learning.. Themes.. Design.. Transition.. Relocalization.. Right Livelihood.. Deconstructing the Patrix.. Vital Themes for Agile Learners.. Resources.. Testimonials.. Testimonials.. Core Patterns.. Degree Program Options.. Diploma Program Options.. Program Cycle.. Program Rhythm.. Requirements.. Courses and Certificates.. Project Work.. Documentation.. Start-of-Year Workshops.. End-of-Year Presentations.. Advising.. Advising Support Overview.. Main Advisor..  ...   Gaia RDI, USA.. ERES Lat America.. Gaia Northeast.. Gaia Mid-Atlantic.. Gaia W.. Australia.. Un/Learning Schools.. Invitation.. Is Gaia U for You?.. Considerations.. The Many Faces of a World-Changer.. Virtual Open House.. Apply Now.. Letter of Recommendation Request Form.. Tuition & Fees.. Tuition and Fees Overview.. Tuition Charts by Program.. Payment Options & Policies.. Finances.. Financing Your Gaia U Education.. International Scholarship Fund.. Internships, Apprenticeships & Work Trade.. Gaia University Blog.. Upcoming Gaia U Calls.. New Map of Democratic Schools.. Electronic Waste: We Must Design Gadgets that Don t Poison the Planet.. The Solar Tree.. The Surprising Healing Qualities.. of Dirt.. More.. News and Events.. Gaia U Latina Online Orientation starts March 11, 2014.. Transition Training "Launch Online" partners with Gaia U.. Gaia U Graduates to pursue Master's degrees abroad.. The Next Online Orientation begins February 18th, 2014.. Become a Permaculture Mentor for Gaia U!.. Gaia University taught me how to articulate my goals and design a path to achieve them.. Rather than giving me the answers, they gave me the tools to figure things out for myself in an orderly and directed way.. I learned a new language and strategy to become an effective world changer.. Saskia Esslinger.. , Graduate.. Follow Us.. Search this site:.. Gaia University, Apartado Postal 46, Tepoztlan, Morelos, 62520 Mexico |.. info@gaiauniversity.. org.. | PHONE: US (+1) 888-316-2092 | FAX: US (+1) 888-316-2092.. Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.. 0 License..

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  • Title: User account | Gaia University
    Descriptive info: User account.. Archive.. Home.. Create new account.. Log in.. Request new password.. User account.. Username:.. *.. Enter your Gaia University username.. Password:.. Enter the password that accompanies your username..

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  • Title: Calendar | Gaia University
    Descriptive info: Calendar.. *Note that all times are listed as US Mountain Time.. Click.. here.. to calculate event times for your timezone..

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  • Title: Gaia University
    Descriptive info: Gaia U supports my work in the field of ecosocial regeneration through a dynamic mentoring system and a thriving global network.. I have experienced nothing like it for collaborative learning, integrative design training, and the passionate deepening of our connection to natural systems and each other.. I love advising at Gaia University because I get to support the people behind the projects that are moving our world.. Advising builds long-term mentoring relationships of mutual support and collaboration -- weaving together the fabric of a regenerative ecosocial culture.. Ethan Roland.. Gaia University has enabled me to sharpen my skills as a regenerative designer.. With the support of an international community, a project is developing that is my own living thesis of permaculture practice.. This began by asking, 'How can I act in a way that empowers others to organize for sustainability?'.. My role in the world has been clarified and a long term pathway begun – one that is already enabling me to realize my dreams.. I am emerging as a practiced sustainability professional, collaborating with a learning community of leaders, from local to global, to bring a new world into being.. Grifen Hope.. I heard about Gaia University in 2004 and I was immediately hooked.. In 2006 I was initiated as an advisor and began to develop Gaia Southeast.. My skills and experiences with fair share and earth, people, and self care, help me with my advising and conscious designing.. This broad tool kit enables me to take an integrative approach to supporting associates.. Totally inspired in my engagement with life and dedicated to a regenerative way of living, I am passionate about combining my holistic world-view and whole systems and whole person design approaches into my advising.. My greatest inspirations are to live my values, manifest my passions, and to contribute to healing the self, society and the planet.. I’m also committed to empowering others to connect with their own core values, passions and life purpose, and to help them access the appropriate resources, conscious action management steps, and the clear articulation of possible life designs - towards manifesting their highest potential.. I love to support, collaborate, create, contribute and engage with people.. Advising fulfills me on these many levels.. Jennifer Dauksha-English.. Director of Advisory Services.. When I found out about Gaia University, it felt to me like a dream come true.. Finally – a model of learning and exploring that offers the utmost freedom and challenge to chart my own path, and at the same time, the opportunity to call upon and receive advice and feedback on all aspects of this action learning approach from experts.. It has been such a deeply enriching experience to integrate the mental, physical, emotional, practical and personal – in short, all aspects of my life – and make them essential parts of my inquiry.. Richard Kuhnel.. Gaia U allowed me to slow down and catch up with what was at the core of all my studies and projects – me.. Having the chance to fully integrate my personal with my professional and academic life caused a quantum leap for the quality, depth and integrity of who I am being in the world.. The program also opened the door for me to participate in an ongoing conversation with world changers from all over the planet, a conversation that is transforming us, our contexts and communities along the way.. To continue this conversation now in the role of an advisor feels like being able to pay forward of the support and bounty that I have received.. My commitment is to support associates in connecting with their own self, their gifts and their passions and deep longings, to find their purpose in life, one step at a time.. I believe that we all have an important, essential puzzle for the grand vision of a good life for all of creation.. Your piece of the puzzle is needed and awaited.. I enjoy listening deeply, asking questions that create space for understanding, creativity, vision and forward movement.. I love helping you discover your own questions, your own understanding.. Being able to accompany and guide someone in exploring, designing and unfolding of his or her own unique life and learning path continuous to be a tremendous source of hope and inspiration in my life.. Elke Loepthien.. The combination of peer and advisor support proved to be the right training ground for learning documentation and growth in my occupation as a mentor.. Although studying meant hard work, it soon became clear that along with studying came freedom and creativity in the learning and designing processes of my own projects.. Christian Schorpp.. Gaia University is incredibly inspiring to me, affirming my faith that human consciousness is evolving towards a regenerative presence on this planet.. I have felt nourished and supported by the network and the community of people who I have engaged with through Gaia U.. I am grateful for the many ways Gaia U challenges me to strive towards powerful goals and supports me in manifesting them.. Lily Ovadya.. For me, there is no separation between my private and work life, my life and my learning.. These delineations within conventional universities feel like an artificial framework to me.. Within the Gaia University system you can lay your whole life on the table and your entire life becomes your area of study.. Gaia University is a very special system with a lot of freedom that resonates with my need to think and act on my own.. Yet when I need support, it is there.. At Gaia University, I feel at home.. I find it very inspiring – with tons of outlets for my creativity and thinking.. Valerie Seitz.. Through this innovative educational process of action learning – mapping my process and documenting my projects – I have been able to deepen the relationship between my inner process and the work I do in the world.. This is the educational system of the future.. Penny Livingston-Stark.. Association Organizer for Gaia RDI.. Gaia University has given me the opportunity to design the life of my dreams in a practical way.. My advisors take the well-being of my whole life into account as we design my year.. It's the perfect combination of freedom and support.. Gaia University has created an extremely effective model for learning.. It’s the opposite of cramming for a test and regurgitating information – and then forgetting the information once the test is over.. Gaia U supports you to follow your passion and incorporate your learning into your life.. Have you ever been sitting in a classroom and asked yourself, 'When am I ever going to use this information in the real world?' I haven’t once asked myself that question during my time at Gaia U.. That’s because my classroom is the world, and my curriculum is learning to be an effective world-changer.. I don't need to wait until I get out of school to be able to change the world – I can do it right now!.. Kyle Thiermann.. Gaia University has given me the freedom and skill-flexes to pursue my dreams in a tangible way.. The school's action learning methodology and support network of creative leaders has enabled me to accelerate the achievement of my personal goals and fine-tune my career.. Eden Vardy.. Gaia University has connected me to a dynamic network of world changers who provide deep inspiration and support..  ...   all of my projects are firmly grounded in the ethics of permaculture, and the organizational designs and business plans that I am actively unfolding are designed to weave together into a seamless project for strategic ecosocial regeneration.. Gregory Landua.. Gaia University threw me off the cliff of self-directed learning and action in a way that a traditional college never could have.. As a result, I've experienced rapid and profound personal and professional growth.. Thanks to the mentoring I received as a Gaia U associate, I've been able to create a diverse, fulfilling livelihood doing what I love.. I have also built personal and professional connections with some of the most talented, creative, solution-driven people on the planet.. Connor Stedman.. When I heard about Gaia U's master's Program, I was immediately intrigued.. I had already been actively pursuing self-education in the 'school of life' for more than ten years, after leaving a master's program that I felt was too restrictive and narrow-minded to offer the diverse, hands-on training essential to a rapidly changing world.. I knew what I was already doing could be immediately reframed as a GU learning pathway, and, now I had a new word for it – 'Action Learning!'.. GU helped me to regard my life’s path not only as a legitimate course of study, but as an activity vital to the creation of a truly sustainable and healthy culture.. I was given the support, the tools, and perhaps most importantly, the language to shape what I was most passionate about into a master's degree.. I am thrilled to offer to Gaia U associates the same outstanding advising services that I received during my own program.. As an advisor, I take a highly personal and poetic approach, respecting the uniqueness of each associate and their individual learning pathway.. I welcome and encourage artistic, outside-the-box project designs and always emphasize the importance of self-care and embodied experience for the health of my advisees and their work in the world.. Nala Walla.. I feel inspired and empowered from my Gaia University experience, and am delighted to help others along their path.. My GAIA University experience has been extremely rewarding.. The process of working on my open topic master's degree evoked more reflection from me on my life's work than I ever imagined.. The encouragement and instruction I received was invaluable - and I definitely felt it was worth all the effort when I read the evaluation from my external reviewer, who said I deserved more than one master's degree for the body of work presented.. Thank you GAIA!.. Mary Ellen Bowen.. Gaia University is creating a new profession: "world-changer".. We hold a safe space for people to learn and to develop their potential to change the world.. The future of this planet depends on people learning to act as self-directed, self-responsible members of the community ‘Earth’, with open minds and open hearts.. All the trainings I have done and the skills I have developed are funneled into my work in Gaia Action Learning Academy.. It is the conflation of a lifelong learning and implementing process.. I love the combination of inner work with the creativity of designing workshops and organizing.. The personal advising process and my work together with a network of passionate and exceedingly aware people is highly rewarding, supporting my own life visions and goals.. Katharina Weber.. Association Organizer for GALA, Germany.. Gaia U has gifted me with brilliant associates, advisors and action-leaders; a Bioregional-like ceremonial-village family; motivating education experiences; awesome outposts; enjoined buddy-guilds; and deep belief in draft-writings we change together with inter-spiraling synergies.. Through GU I’m encouraged to define my integrative SuperSkyWoman being within, and radiate action un/learning.. Gaia U is a perfect medium to dovetail systems research with Nature’s voice – interfaced with the greater community.. Coco Gordon.. "I have never felt so liberated in my life until I started with Gaia University and realized that I was completely responsible for my own learning.. The fact that I can design my pathway completely around my own desires, projects and commitments to changing this world has been the ultimate empowerment.. No longer does study have to feel like a distraction from everything else I want to do, now I can be supported by a worldwide community to maximize the effectiveness of my work and focus energy on the most important areas of my life.. Nothing is devalued and learning can be harvested from everything in your life - from your reading to your relationships, the entire time you are on your Gaia University path you are supported to reflect, design and take action to leverage the positive impact of your pathway.. I would encourage anyone who finds the traditional education system in their country disempowering, or oppressive, or limiting to their creativity in any way to consider taking a leap into the world of Gaia University.. Life is too short to focus your energy on anything that you do not 100% hold in your heart.. This is why I have chosen this pathway, one of the best decisions I have ever made.. ".. Nicole Vosper.. I deeply resonate with the purpose of Gaia University as a leader for the future of higher education, taking the classroom into the world where each student can actively contribute to the benefit of the whole and learn through experience.. It is an honor, devotion, and inspiration for me to collaborate with Gaia University as a Permaculture Mentor to support students to dive in and learn through grass root experience and collaboration.. Cynthia Robinson.. Gaia U is a catalyst for well designed action, processes, and projects that will enable us to joyfully surf the upcoming tide of rapid and unpredictable change.. Harald Wedig.. I see permaculture as a learning system.. I am pleased that Gaia University is promoting the Permaculture Diploma as a means for accelerating human succession.. Chuck Estin.. I have never felt so liberated in my life until I started with Gaia University and realized that I was completely responsible for my own learning.. My experience with Gaia University has been powerful and transformative.. I'm excited to support new Associates to have a similarly positive experience!.. Marissa Evans.. Gaia University has been really inspiring! It is empowering me to design a better and healthier lifestyle and learning path, connecting me to a network of like-minded world changers which is absolutely gratifying.. I am struck by the level of engagement and meaningful dialogue between the advisors and associates.. Sheena Shah.. Gaia University provides a diverse and engaging sangha opening portals to projects around the world.. I find flow and form in the malleable structure promoting reflection and documentation of the projects I am designing, including my life.. Gaia has encouraged and supported me to sow many seeds of intention clarifying for myself the meandering journey I am on.. Gaia actively encourages me to push my edges while promoting the importance of self care.. Being part of this community of seekers inspires action and gives me hope for designing a healthy life within community.. Liam McDermott.. The Gaia University network and my main advisor in particular, were a constant source of inspiration that really supported and encouraged me to follow my passion and achieve my dreams.. Now, as a main advisor myself, I am excited to support new associates on their learning pathways and watch them flourish into the fullness of their beings!.. Marko Anyfandakis..

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  • Title: People | Gaia University
    Descriptive info: People.. Foster Gamble Kimberly Carter-Gamble.. People.. A Sampling of Our Current Associates….. Below you can explore a sampling of current Gaia University associates.. Read about why they chose Gaia University and their wide-ranging learning and unlearning adventures!.. Grifen Hope was born in New Zealand in 1976 and grew up in an alternative community.. Immersed in patterns of sustainability, he developed a repertoire of basic values, knowledge and skills for living simply and designing resilient systems.. As a teenager, Grifen discovered permaculture and later began exploring regenerative design with an international community of people with a shared vision for a different future.. After completing a degree in Resource and Environmental Planning from Massey University, Grifen shifted away from his formal career pathway, opting instead to apply his planning skills through the Taranaki Environmental Education Trust.. Grifen learned his trade here and began practicing as a teacher, designer and.. Ravenel is an enthusiastic nomad, passionate about social networking, community development and cross-cultural communication.. Amid the Willapa Hills, in South Bend, Washington, USA, she is currently working to establish the city's first community garden in the hopes that it will become both a multi-functional community space and a shining example of sustainability.. Following the BP oil spill, Ravenel self-organized the collection of natural fibers to assist the ecological public charity, Matter of Trust.. Prior to enrolling in Gaia University Ravanel attended Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, where she studied Spanish and environmental science.. After writing a research paper  ...   her passions for animal and.. Sheena is a nature enthusiast, passionate about ecosocial change and community development.. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, with Indian origins.. She has been fortunate enough to have traveled around the World, engaging in culture, interactions and experiences.. Her journey along the permaculture path began in 2011, having been brought up in a developing Country, determined to find solutions, she quit her teaching job to devote her life to community development projects and enrolled in a PDC on an Island off the Eastern part of the Great African Lakes, Lake Victoria.. She then proceeded to work for an Orphanage, where she assisted in establishing a school for vulnerable children and in implementing a holistic permaculture design with.. Nourishing and nurturing people has been Liam's life work for 15 years as a chef and a massage therapist/hands on healer.. After receiving a B.. A.. in Literature from Stanford University, he followed his bliss to California Culinary Academy (A.. O.. S.. degree with honors).. Baking and cooking wholesome nutritious food at the learning center and intentional community of Esalen Institute is where he discovered his passion for Care of the People and has been a massage therapist since 1999.. Care of the Earth has been his focus since 2007 and he has worked on organic and biodynamic farms and devours strategies in which humans can create regenerative communities while honoring the ecosystems in which they exist.. Liam's family owns 1 acre of land..

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  • Title: People | Gaia University
    Descriptive info: Alumni Excellence.. Below you can explore a sampling of Gaia University graduates.. Read about how they joined the global Gaia University community, the projects they undertook during their program and the inspiring work they are currently doing in service to the ecosocial regeneration of our planet.. Richard Kuhnel has an extensive background in software systems design and implementation, business consulting and event organizing.. He applies these skills in his work for sustainability oriented organizations and businesses.. Richard has been involved in myriad regenerative activities, from designing composting toilets to developing curricula about water and the role it plays in ecosystems and society, to building straw bale shelters and gardening.. His studies in the fields of psychology and indigenous traditions in combination with his focus on his own personal development and inner practice have led Richard to a deep appreciation of the connection between inner and outer ecologies.. Through his business, Gentle Harvest, Richard offers.. Christian Schorpp is a long-time nature mentor and teacher.. His passion for connecting with nature on a deeper level was born after he read Tom Brownʻs book, The Tracker, as a young man.. He made his first trip to Brown s Tracker School in 1997.. In 2000 he began the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, which he completed in 2004.. A year later he met Jon Young and Mark Morey at their first Art of Mentoring workshop in Europe.. Christian has been offering workshops and trainings in wilderness skills and nature awareness since 1999.. Since 2005 he has been Co-director of the Corvus Wilderness School in Southern Germany near Lake Constance.. In 2006 Christian started to work with troubled youth as a nature connection mentor.. Since.. Lily Ovadya is a world-crafter and re-connector.. She weaves her vision and community through networking, listening, designing and co-creating.. Lily is a budding gardener, natural builder, herbalist, plant food artist, leader and facilitator.. She is passionate about conscious, compassionate communication and redesigning our use of language and how we move and act to reflect and embody the world we wish to manifest.. Her worker-owned cooperative, Nature Works, offers regenerative gardening, cooking services as well as permaculture and living skills workshops.. This business is focused on aligning livelihood with life purpose, and working towards planetary and social regeneration while building local community and resiliency.. Kyle Theirmann is a pro surfer and activist with a passion to systematically affect world change.. His first documentary video, Claim Your Change, details how money kept in multinational banks is used to finance destructive projects all over the world.. One such project, a proposed coal-fired power plant in Constitucion, Chile, is the focus of the video.. The Claim Your Change Project has had a global impact, inspiring over ten thousand account holders in South America, Africa and Europe, to move more than $110 million dollars of lending power out of centralized banks into local banks.. Kyle is  ...   she began volunteering with Deaf people in Belize, Central America, and lived in a village that was ninety percent self-sufficient.. In.. Having traveled the world in search of wisdom, Javiera Carrion found it at home where she started: the seeds of sustainability were contained in the common sense of her own, Chilean people.. Javiera studied agricultural engineering and, following her nose, entered the workforce as a grape grower and wine maker.. She then began to explore agroecology, biodynamic farming and organic agriculture.. Inspired, she returned to her roots and mobilized her family to begin the process of transitioning their farm to organic.. During her student days, Javiera discovered permaculture, and after a long search for the right place and time, attended a permaculture design course in New Zealand in 2006.. Having resonated deeply with.. Mana has been a resident and full-member at Earthaven Ecovillage, North Carolina, USA, since 2007.. At Earthaven, where she is researching Ecovillage Life, she makes her living as an eco-carpenter/natural-green builder and as manager of the community kitchen.. She is also actively involved with orienting and integrating the flow of incoming volunteers, called the New Roots of Earthaven.. Mana was the logistics/volunteers coordinator for the Southeast Women s Herbal Conference 2009 and she gives haircuts when folks let her.. Before starting her Gaia U program, Mana was on the road, traveling and networking through Australia, the US and Europe with WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms).. Partly because of their.. Monica grew up in a small village in South Brazil where she learned how to read the clouds in the sky and respect the natural world.. Confused with her life and the world, she went to central Brazil to study and practice permaculture and ecology in 2007 at Ecocentre IPEC (Instituto de Permacultura e Ecovilas do Cerrado).. Here she completed a permaculture design certification course as well as other Ecoversity courses.. Monica now works professionally as an environmental educator for both children and adults in a variety of contexts, including school gardens.. In 2007, Monica learned about Gaia University and decided to go to England and learn the English language.. After two years of studies, travels and discoveries, she went back to.. Gabriel Vieira is an edgewalker, integrating imagination, play, and spiritual consciousness with practical skills for effective world change.. Passionately pursuing healthy and honest interpersonal relationships, Gabriel studies the art of loving and the use of boundaries, structures, and design to deepen intimacy and trust, opening doors to the synergistic possibilities of human connection.. Having taken circus classes from a young age, Gabriel values performance and the experience of embodied living.. Integrating tools from many spiritual paths, healing arts, and dance and theater exercises, Gabriel works to bring wholeness and health to himself and others.. Gabriel sees himself as a part of a miraculous living earth, and is committed to.. 1.. 2.. next ›.. last »..

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  • Title: People | Gaia University
    Descriptive info: Meet our growing group of Advisors who, due to their own extended and conscious practice as Transformative Action Learners, do a great job in the complex process of mentoring Associates.. Each Advisor maintains their authenticity through commitment to life-long learning with Gaia University and through constructive engagement with World Change.. Ethan is a permaculture designer, teacher, and researcher based in the Hudson River Valley in New York, USA.. He has studied and practiced regenerative design across the world, from the wild apple forests of Kazakhstan to the tropical ecosystems of Thailand.. Currently, Ethan builds resilience for local and global communities through the design firms AppleSeed Permaculture and Terra Genesis International, and innovates in the field of higher education as co-founder of Gaia University regional center in development, Gaia Northeast.. Ethan also helps to organize the Northeastern Permaculture Network and serves on the boards of Permaculture Across Borders, the Apios Institute and the Mindful Living Initiative.. Prior to his enrollment in.. Jennifer Dauksha-English works as an instructor, facilitator, designer and consultant in regenerative and healthy lifestyles, participatory community and business design, applied permaculture and yoga.. Jennifer holds an N.. D.. , M.. in Natural Health, a B.. in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Studies, a Diploma in Wildlife Management, and has 15 years experience leading projects and non-profits in the alternative health and environmental sectors.. Jennifer became involved with Gaia University in 2004 and enrolled in 2006 with the very first batch of associates.. Her program year focused on engaged participatory design, regional organizing and designing a homestead and community energy decent plan.. During her year, Jennifer founded the.. Elke Loepthien works as an educator, facilitator, consultant and mentor.. She is the founder of the CIRCLEWISE Center for Connection Culture, a think-and-do-tank where the insights of modern holistic human and life sciences and the ancient wisdom of indigenous cultures are synergized to create educational experiences that are innovative, timeless and transformational.. It is one of her greatest passions to explore and empower connective ways of living and leadership, that are rooted in nature and that honor our human role as a keystone species on Mother Earth.. She studied and worked with indigenous teachers from different parts of the world and is a graduate of the Cultural Mentoring program for Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness at.. Valerie Seitz grew up in Vienna, the cultural capital of Austria, and developed a passionate interest in the artistic, social and ecological aspects of public life at an early age.. This lead  ...   adulthood, Dave explored the mysteries of the natural world through small group wanderings and field studies focused on plants and people.. Through these experiences he understood nature as teacher, and also developed an appreciation for the ways his mentors brought people together for these transformative learning (and unlearning) experiences.. After many years practicing ethnobotany and developing his homesteading skills independently, Dave decided to expand his awareness for land tending and teaching nature-connection through a focused apprenticeship with master gardener, Orin Martin,.. Nala Walla (MSc) is a lifelong student of the embodied arts and ecology.. She studied dance and environmental sciences at Dartmouth College and the University of Washington, and somatic movement therapy at Moving On Center, and the Center for Kinesthetic Education.. Seeking a more hands-on education in ecology and the arts, Nala spent two years voyaging around Alaska and BC on a small sailboat, and then founded the BCollective a permaculture homestead and arts collective on Marrowstone Island, WA.. In 2010, Nala completed a master s in Integrative Arts and Ecology at Gaia University, a learning pathway which began twelve years prior during graduate work at the UW.. In contribution to the further develpment of the emerging.. Saskia is a permaculture designer, teacher, and practitioner in Anchorage, Alaska.. She earned a bachelor s degree in Environmental Science from Western Washington University and has varied work experience in the field.. She was an intern on an organic farm in upstate New York, a children s gardening program coordinator for the Sustainable Food Center in Austin, Texas, a volunteer grant-writer for the Wildlife and Environmental Society in Malawi, and co-creator of the Sundog Café in Rio Dulce, Guatemala.. Her work with Gaia University focused on creating right livelihood with her husband, Matt Oster.. Saskia used permaculture principles to design and implement a business plan that would help.. Educated as a social worker, mentor and coach Katharina combines her skills as a permaculture designer with a broad variety of training in an array of therapy methods to support the associates in envisioning and implementing their life-designs and learning pathways.. I love to observe people growing into their full potential.. Katharina lives in Lebensgarten, an ecovillage in the northern part of Germany, founded in 1985.. She completed her studies in Social Work at the University of Applied Science in 1982.. This formal study was followed by a training in Gestalt Therapy and a training in Body Therapy, which is based on gestalt therapy, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method of Somatic..

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  • Title: People | Gaia University
    Descriptive info: About The Founders.. Liora Adler and Andrew Langford have been deeply involved as leaders in ecovillage, permaculture, bioregional and consensus facilitation worknets for over thirty years.. Through Gaia University, they are pioneering educational designs that allow learners to discover and demonstrate grounded solutions to complex ecological and social problems through the integration of ecosocial theory and hands-on practice.. Liora Adler.. founders.. Original.. Thumbnail.. Liora Adler.. Co-president, Gaia University.. b.. 1946, New York City, USA.. Liora Adler is a visionary social activist, consensus facilitator, psychologist, holistic nutritionist, event organizer, photographer and dancer.. Raised in the era of the 1960 s social movements in the USA, she came to understand that protest alone was inadequate for making substantive societal changes.. Consequently, throughout the 1970 s and 80 s she explored intentional community as a means to create a basis for culture that provided both for physical needs and the basic human need to belong to an intimate, purposeful community.. During this time Liora coined the term 'actionist' to describe people who move beyond protesting what they don t want into creating what they.. do.. want through local action based on global thinking.. Thus, as an actionist, Liora co-founded.. Huehuecoyotl.. , a thriving ecovillage in central Mexico, and.. La Caravana Arcoiris Por la Paz.. , a mobile ecovillage and training center that traveled throughout Central and South America for 13 years using theater,workshops, conferences and large gatherings to share knowledge about the nature of ecological systems and regenerative living.. Liora has been a global leader in the ecovillage movement and was an executive board member of the.. Global Ecovillage Network.. from 1999 - 2003.. She currently serves on its International Advisory Board and as a representative to the United Nations.. She is also an advisory board member of the.. and vice-president of.. The Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology.. Liora has helped to create ecovillage and permaculture networks in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, South Africa, China and Cuba.. She was the keynote speaker at the First Global Forum on Standards for Ecovillages and Ecoregions in Beijing, China in 2005 and coordinated both the Workshops for Sustainable Living in Colombia and Ecuador in 2000 and 2001 and the Women s Peace Village Project in Ecuador  ...   As If People Mattered.. ,.. he transitioned out of an early career in industry to design and develop an open source, human-scale shoemaking workshop at a time when the mainstream manufacturing industry in England was abandoning the domestic workforce in favor of cheap labor pools on the Pacific Rim.. Andrew and his family supplemented their income through this 10-year period by cultivating an intensive smallholding, growing vegetables, wheat, pigs, chickens, geese and sheep.. This smallholding provided essential resources and taught Andrew a profound life-lesson: people with willing hands and access to even modest amounts of fertile land and viable seed can provide for a good portion of their own needs, and this relative self-reliance confers upon them a great deal of freedom.. This experience primed Andrew to be an early adopter of permaculture design thinking when it first spread through Europe in the 1980 s.. He soon became the first permaculture design teacher in Britain, and had a successful business designing at garden and farm scale for private clients, and designing urban retrofits for local governments.. He also his applied his qualifications from a Diploma in Management Studies and an M.. Sc.. in Organizational Analysis and Development to set the.. Permaculture Association of Britain.. on a successful course towards establishment.. In 1993, Andrew designed and implemented the.. Diploma in Applied Permaculture.. system, an action learning worknet for the development of professional permaculture designers that has become a basis for capacity building operations in several northern European countries.. Andrew is a strong advocate for participatory learning and decision-making and is skilled in a variety of facilitation methods, including.. Future Search.. and.. Open Space Technology.. He is the author of.. Designing Productive Meetings and Events.. , a field manual for UN.. Agenda 21.. facilitators, and a recognized teacher of.. , which promotes the discharge of internal distress and resolution of rigid, patterned thinking as primary routes towards the emergence of healthy, intelligent human cultures.. In Gaia University, Andrew champions action-based learning arising from thoughtful and protracted engagement over more common cerebral academic approaches.. He oversees the development of an IT infrastructure based largely on open source platforms and supports the Gaia University community in the activation of complementary currency and project networking systems based on agile, leading-edge designs..

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    Descriptive info: Our sparkling team of External Reviewers have a key function in our system.. They are independent and well qualified reviewers of the final portfolio of each Capstone Associate.. External Reviewers carefully judge if the work done is of appropriate quality for the degree sought by the candidate.. This team also comments on the quality of services Gaia University provides and we incorporate their feedback into our Continuous Quality Improvement process.. Dr.. Susan Canney.. England.. Susan Canney has worked in science and conservation for a variety of projects in Africa, Asia and Europe.. She currently directs the.. Wild Foundation s Mali Elephant Project.. , studies coastal British fish populations with.. Pisces Conservation.. and collaborates with researchers at the.. Wildlife Conservation Research Unit.. modeling Africa-wide lion distribution and the decline of the wild dog population in Zimbabwe.. In her dedication to addressing environmental issues using an integral approach, Dr.. Canney earned a series of master s degrees in zoology, landscape design and environmental policy.. She earned her doctorate from Oxford University for research on changing patterns of human land use and their impact on a protected area in Tanzania.. Canney teaches at.. Oxford University.. and the.. Green Economics Institute.. and has served as a research officer at the.. Green College Centre for Environmental Policy Understanding.. She is the secretary and a co-founder of the Earth Systems Science Special Interest Group of the.. Geological Society of London.. , and of the.. Gaia Network.. Canney is also part of Forum for the Future s Reconnections team, which delivers programs for business leaders that focus on the values needed for a sustainable world and the importance of human reconnection to nature.. Prof.. Ralf Otterpohl.. Germany.. Ralf Otterpohl is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the.. Hamburg University of Technology.. in Germany.. Since 1998 he has been director of the.. Institute of Wastewater Management and Water Protection.. , which researches reuse-oriented sanitation concepts for both rural and urban contexts.. He won his doctorate in civil engineering at.. RWTH Aachen.. for research on mathematical modeling and computer simulation of large waste-water treatment plants.. Otterpohl is Chairman of.. ZERI (Zero Emissions Research Initiatives) Deutschland.. , which views waste as a resource and seeks regenerative waste solutions inspired by nature's own design principles.. He is also co-owner of the consultancy.. Otterwasser GmbH.. , which specializes in innovative sanitation concepts, and co-founder and co-chair of the.. International Water Association.. specialist group, Resources Oriented Sanitation.. Otterpohl s current research is focused on the rediscovery of.. Terra Preta Sanitation.. as it was practiced for thousands of years in the Amazon.. He considers this model for the conversion of bio-waste and human excreta, with the addition of biochar, into highly fertile soil, as the most successful system of waste management, sanitation and agriculture of  ...   specializing in sustainable architecture, teamwork according to.. Method Holistic Participation.. and peace garden design.. He is president of the.. Global Network of Organizations for Environmentally Conscious and Healthy Buildings.. and chairman of the.. Eindhoven Peace Centre Foundation.. Lee Klinger.. United States.. Lee Klinger is an independent scientist living in Big Sur, California.. Since 2005 he has served as director of.. Sudden Oak Life.. , a movement aimed at using ecologically-minded techniques to address the problem of oak mortality in California and elsewhere.. In this role he strives to balance his activities between research, education, and practice of tree and soil science.. Klinger has over 30 years of academic experience in the environmental sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.. He has led numerous scientific field campaigns in the continental US, Alaska, Canada, Africa, and China, and has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in the fields of plant ecology, soil science, atmospheric chemistry, Gaia theory, and complexity.. Much of Dr.. Klinger s academic focus has been in the science of Gaia.. He has taught courses on Gaia theory at the University of Colorado and at Naropa University, and from 1996 to 2000 served as Vice-Chair of the Gaia Society, now the Earth Systems Science Special Interest Group of the Geological Society of London.. Klinger also serves on the board of.. Teleosis Institute.. , a non-profit organization devoted to developing effective, sustainable health care provided by professionals who serve as environmental health stewards.. He is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.. Ann Kindfield.. Ann Kindfield is an experienced university instructor, research scientist, assessment developer and evaluator.. She has taught biology, genetics and various science education courses, including work with pre-service secondary science teachers, at UC Berkeley, Montclair State University, and Vanderbilt University.. She also has extensive experience in K-16 science assessment R D in academic settings and at the Educational Testing Service, has conducted research on elementary science and secondary biology teaching and learning.. In addition, she has served on advisory panels and as the evaluator for a number of science education research projects.. Throughout her career, Ann has focused on the role that representations play in learning and reasoning.. Ann and her family moved to.. The Farm.. in Sumertown, TN in 2004 where she has been delighted to teach her daughter and daughter's friends math a the.. The Farm School.. , work with her husband Peter (the Farm School principal), and continue her career as a science educator, primarily as a consultant.. It was at The Farm that she was introduced to Gaia University, resonating with its alternative approach to higher education and recognition of non-traditional life paths..

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    Descriptive info: Drawn together by the Chair of Advisory Board, Prof.. Declan Kennedy, and chosen for gender and generational balance, action orientation and field diversity, the members of our Advisory Board are a continual source of inspiration and support for the Gaia University project.. Dipl.. Ingl.. Declan Kennedy.. Founder, Chairman Gaia U Germany.. Declan Kennedy is an Irish architect, urban planner, permaculture designer, ecologist and mediator.. Kennedy is a former professor of Urban Design and Infrastructure at the.. Architectural Department of the Technical University of Berlin.. , Germany; a founding member of the.. Permaculture Institute of Europe.. ; former Country Coordinator for Germany of the.. Global Action Plan for the Earth.. (GAP); and Chairman of the Board of the Global Eco-Village Network (GEN).. In 1996, he functioned as an ambassador to the different UN commissions, following up the GEN proposal to the UN, The Earth is our Habitat.. Since the early 1980 s, Professor Kennedy has worked internationally on the integration based on permaculture principles of ecological design into horticulture and agriculture, a concept he learned in Australia in 1981 and which he introduced to Europe immediately following.. He has designed and implemented major projects around the world, especially in Australia, Brazil and Germany.. Together with his wife, the architect Prof.. Margrit Kennedy, he had  ...   founder of.. GreenNet.. and co-founder of.. the Association for Progressive Communications.. ;.. mitra.. biz.. Jan Martin Bang.. Norway.. Permaculture and ecovillage designer; author,.. Ecovillages: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Communities.. (2005).. Peter Bane, Dipl.. Perm.. Des.. USA.. Permaculture designer and educator; publisher,.. Permaculture Activist.. magazine; vice president,.. Association for Regenerative Culture.. ; co-founder,.. Earthaven Ecovillage.. , NC, USA; adjunct faculty, Indiana University;.. permacultureactivist.. net.. Albert Bates.. Permaculture designer and educator; retired public interest attorney; author of several books on energy, environment and history, including.. Climate in Crisis.. (1991) and.. The Post-petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times.. (2006); director of the.. Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology.. Ecovillage Training Center.. at.. community in Tennessee, USA.. Lalit Kishor Bhati.. India.. Architect; landscape designer; urban and regional planner; convener in the networking and communications group and technical committee,.. 6th International Ecocity Conference.. ; member of the National Ecocity Organising Committee, India; lives and works in the ecocity,.. Auroville.. , India.. Angela Cuevas de Dolmetsch.. Columbia.. Lawyer; politician; economist; journalist; media producer; Women for Democracy proponent; member of the preparatory committee on Public Administration, Columbian National Constituent Assembly, 1991; author of Article 40 of the Columbian Constitution ( Law of 1991 Shares ); member, advisory committee, Power El País , 2010.. 1 of 9.. ››..

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  • Title: People | Gaia University
    Descriptive info: This powerful group of people work at the outreach edge of the Gaia University project through establishing local and regional associations for the advancement of ecosocial learning and activism.. These associations work to gather-in the many ecosocial initiatives already in being and those yet to develop with a view to increasing the capacity for coherence amongst these groups in the context of the emerging post-national movement for ecological, economic and social regeneration.. This formal study was followed by a training in Gestalt Therapy and a training in Body Therapy, which is based on gestalt therapy, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, and rebirthing and inner.. She also played a significant.. Jennifer English.. Association Organizer for Gaia Southeast.. During her year, Jennifer.. James Stark.. James Stark, M.. , F.. E.. , is the co-director of the Regenerative Design Institute (RDI) which is an allied associationg of Gaia University.. He co-founded and co-directs the Ecology of Leadership program and is a senior trainer in the 3-year, full-time Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness training program, which prepares global community leaders for the Great Turning of our era.. He is also co-founder, along with his partner, Penny Livingston-Stark, of Gaia RDI, the first Gaia University affiliate center on the west coast of the USA.. James has committed his life to exploring how we ourselves, our communities and our species might move as quickly as possible back into harmony with who we are and the..  ...   to expand his awareness for land tending and teaching nature-connection through a focused apprenticeship with master gardener, Orin.. Association Organizer for ERES, Latin America.. Having resonated.. Anne Poelina.. Dr Anne Poelina is the Managing Director of Madjulla Inc.. , an Indigenous not-for-profit non-government community development organisation; Deputy Chair of the Nyikina Mangala Aboriginal Corporation, Deputy Chair of the Northern Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Indigenous Water Policy Group and is an inaugural member of the recently formed National First Peoples Water Council.. An indigenous woman raised in Western Australia, Anne is passionate about sharing her life experiences with all people to demonstrate how marginalized people can overcome difficult situations by building their capacity to engage with others.. She has a strong history of working to improve the disadvantaged lives experienced by.. Ian Perdrisat.. Ian Perdrisat and his partner Dr.. Anne Poelina manage a small Indigenous NGO in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.. They work with Indigenous community members to generate local development projects, do project management and evaluation as well as contribute to state and national policy development.. Ian is building a wilderness centre in their remote Aboriginal community as well as writing reports for northern Australian Indigenous land and water policy and negotiating a multi-million dollar university-community research partnership.. This bid is part of a larger project their team is conducting to advocate legislation and policy reform to provide more justice for Indigenous people in the development of..

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