Dutch EDE program

The program consists of several components:


The theory is explained by the twenty themes illustrated in the sustainability mandala, through exercises and examples. The theory is linked to the experiences made during the exercises and the knowledge, skills and personal experiences of the participants.

Practical skills

The EDE uses many different methods. Also, the theory is applied in practice. The group forms from the start a private community where tasks are divided among themselves. In addition, we practice regularly practical skills such as working with clay, gardening in the permaculture garden, creating art and making designs.


During the training we will visit the following places:

  • Ecovillage Bergen
  • Earthships in Aardehuizen Olst
  • Nature Temple in Ecovillage Teuge
  • Anastasia project ‘Levensland
  • Foodforest ‘Ketelbroek’
  • Cradle to Cradle office park in Hoofddorp
  • Environmental Centre and permaculture garden Michaelshof in den Oever
  • School of Sustainability ‘de Stegge’ in Winterswijk
  • Green children playgrounds in Amsterdam
  • ‘Natuurfontijn’ in Amsterdam
  • The kaskantine in Halfweg
  • The beach and dunes of Bergen

Own path

At the beginning of the EDE training you get the opportunity to articulate the aims  you want to work on during the course. During the EDE training we will focus on different ways to work on your own aims. Both in ???contracts??? and during peer-to-peer meetings. We work with peer-to-peer groups, where you can reflect in pairs at your own processes. We also work with home groups (CLANS), which is reflected together on group processes, the content of the EDE, own goals, and feedback. Half an hour CLAN time is scheduled each day.

Barter system

At the beginning of the course each participant receives some coins. All participants are challenged to develop activities for the other participants. You can earn coins with activities and by taking part in others’ activities you spend coins. Who has earned the most coins at the end?

Design assignment

In the training there are nine parts where people work in design groups on an  assignment. The assignment is based on real problems as well as  the aims set by the participants themselves. At the end, the participants present the results to each other.

Meditation, mindfulness and visualisation

Half an hour is spent every day to relax; Meditation, mindfulness and visualisation.

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