Course: Gaia Education Training of Trainers


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Program Description

A life-altering experience

If you have dived into the depths of our immersive Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) Face-to-Face programme at a community somewhere in the world, you will know it is a life-altering experience. Through it, many have found deeper purpose and meaning, and have even made making a difference in their community, their life’s work. Others have seen and learnt things that moved them to become more effective world workers. This is also true for those who have studied our online Design for Sustainability (GEDS) programme and deepened their understanding of the four dimensions of sustainable community design.

Change Agents

What all our students share, is a hunger to find a place and space to act as agents for positive change. Many have wished to create their own Gaia Education inspired workshops, facilitate meetings, inspire or become social entrepreneurs and much more. Yet, we know many who do not feel confident enough to deliver our programme content to diverse and sometimes challenging audiences. This is about to change. You are about to change, as you receive all the necessary tools to become a Gaia Education Certified Trainer.

Accelerate Change

Gaia Education Training of Trainers (ToT) course is answering an international demand for more well-qualified educators and facilitators who are able to conduct our Face-to-Face and Project-Based Learning programmes taking place in 48 countries. Recently, Gaia Education joined forces with UNESCO Global Action Programme Priority Area 5 – Accelerating Change at Local Level. We are embarking on a path of expansion that calls for qualified trainers who can build capacity for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at a local level.

Gaia Education Certified Facilitators and Trainers will be equipped with the skills and methodologies to facilitate transformative learning environments and host multi-stakeholder conversations that enable collaborative action. The aim of the Training of Trainers is first and foremost, to help you deepen your experience in how to teach, facilitate and train people by enabling collaboration and participation among a community of learners. In addition, we support and hope to inspire you to know what you are most deeply called to teach, and most importantly, why this kind of education is so critically important for the future of life on Earth.

Course Content

Gaia Education Training of Trainers is built upon three pillars:

Sustainable Development Goals – Negotiating Tensions between Global and Local

The world is marked by a strong and creative tension. It is a tension between what is global and what is local. The global face is powerful and seeking to be more so. But tide is rising, steadily reinforcing the local, resulting in an increasing ‘Glocalisation’ as the global and local converge. This module will teach edge workers and facilitators how to navigate between the two spheres in language, ethics and implementation. It will support participants to decode relevant UN conventions into meaningful frameworks for transformative action at the local level. Topics include SDGs vertical integration, UNESCO Global Action Programme Priorities Areas, and how to translate Global Climate Agreements into action through behaviour and lifestyle changes.

Facilitating Participatory Learning Journeys

The aim of this module is for facilitators to gain the necessary skills and confidence to teach the four dimensions of sustainability in ways that support participants to empower themselves both inwardly and outwardly. These future facilitators will be expected to have knowledge in the areas they plan to teach and this module will prepare them to teach this material in a way that builds a learning community and draws deeply from the group with which they are working. Participants will ride a dynamic balance of meditation practice, experimenting with facilitation and clarifying principles to navigate a holistic educational experience. There will also be ample time for facilitation practice where all participants will gain confidence in using participatory learning tools by taking the lead in assigned sessions.

Deepening the Edge Work

The edge is the meeting point between the known and the unknown, between something being too well known, which makes it boring to us, and too unknown, which makes it confusing. The edge is a zone of high intensity, instability, creativity and innovation. Just as it is possible, through the design of ecologically sustainable systems, to increase diversity and life by maximising the edges between neighbouring biological communities, so it is possible to create a larger edge effect in community development, thereby maximising its benefit to the society as a whole. This module will position Gaia Trainers as maximisers of edges between different communities with differing modes of operation, power structures, cultures, physical environments and worldviews. It will equip trainers with the skilful means to adapt to multiple scenarios and situations and ultimately thrive and help others thrive through creativity and playing for collaborative advantage.

What You Will Receive

  • full tutorial support to complete the course and achieve all the learning outcomes
  • an expanded Teacher’s Manual (digital)
  • a Gaia Youth Activities Guide (digital)
  • a Certificate of Completion
  • an additional discount if taking GEDS online courses
  • a pathway to joining the Gaia Education Certificated Trainers’ Roster
  • fast track face-to-face course certification
  • endorsement for engaging in a Gaia Education certified programme, starting January 2019.

How to Become a Gaia Education Certified Trainer

Taking the ToT is part of the Gaia Education learning journey and brings you one step closer to becoming a certified trainer. The minimum requirement to be certified is to complete the following:

  • Attend a Gaia Education Certified Face-to-Face Ecovillage Design Education programme (EDE)
  • Complete the minimum of one dimension of the Gaia Education Design for Sustainability (GEDS) online course, focusing on the area you want to teach
  • Attend the Gaia Education Training of Trainers (ToT) course
  • Pass an interview during the Gaia Education ToT. This will ascertain your suitability to be certified and included on the Gaia Education Certificated Trainers’ Roster or determine any additional steps required to fulfil this.

Maintaining the Certificated Trainer Status

A Certified Trainer is involved in a continuous process of emergence, active engagement, innovation and development. To maintain certificated trainer status you must:

  • keep up-to-date information on the Trainers Directory.
  • regularly contribute articles, exchange ideas and share relevant information with the Global Ecovillage Educators for a Sustainable Earth (GEESE) and through other Gaia Education communication channels.
  • have a consistently positive facilitator evaluation from students and organisers.
  • have facilitated at least one Gaia Education certified face-to-face programme within two years of receiving your certification.

Certified Trainers Officially Take Flight by January 2019

From now until December 2018, all who partake in the learning journey and become a Gaia Education Certified Trainer are encouraged to build their own network, deepen their facilitation experience and attract people to their own organised courses. They will enjoy the added benefit of fast-track EDE certification for any course/s they wish to conduct. By January 2019, all certified Gaia Education Face-to-Face programmes will include at least one Gaia Education Certified Trainer in their facilitator team. By being part of the Trainers Roster, a Certified Trainer can potentially be endorsed to programmes that match his/her area/s of expertise.

Upcoming Training of Trainers (ToTs)


  • 27 Feb - 13 March 2019. Facilitated by Jane Rasbash and Pracha Hutanuwatr


  • 27 April - 2 May 2019. Facilitated by Giovanni Ciarlo and Jane Rasbash.

Rio de Janeiro

  • 1-5 May 2019. Facilitated by May East and Emmanuel Khodja.


  • 2019. Facilitated by May East, Jane Rasbash and Deborah Benham.

Raise Awareness of the SDGs

Discover the new SDG Multipliers Handbook

The purpose of this SDG Multiplier’s Handbook is to support the participants of the Training of Multipliers in the process of stepping forward to act as multipliers and to offer a training themselves.

The highly interactive process invites participants to engage in constructive conversations about the local relevance of the 17 SDG based on a set of flashcards designed to help structure small group dialogues.

Meet the Gaia Education Certified Trainers

Gaia Education Trainers are leading-edge experts in their respective fields, with experience in training and facilitation in rural and urban settings, from the Global South to the Global North and everywhere in between.

Gaia Education certified facilitators and trainers are equipped with the skills and methodologies to facilitate transformative learning environments and host multi-stakeholder conversations that enable collaborative action.

Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Gaia Education was created by a group of educators called "GEESE"- Global Ecovillage Educators for a Sustainable Earth- who have been meeting over a series of workshops in order to formulate their tra ... Read More

Gaia Education was created by a group of educators called "GEESE"- Global Ecovillage Educators for a Sustainable Earth- who have been meeting over a series of workshops in order to formulate their transdisciplinary approach to education for sustainability. Read less
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