Eco Aldeas en Asia

Eco Aldeas en Asia

Participatory Action Research with Design Studio

Why Design Studio? In the EDE Thailand 2008/9, the Thai EDE teaching and organizing team had started their first design studio at the fifth week of their course. The Idea was to have an extra week for the student to experience and practice integrated design in the real sites.

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January 2012 GENOA Newsletter

Read & download Genoa’s January 2012 newsletter here.

Forming Community Through EDE

Tuwa The Laughing Fish is an eco-homestead, living and learning center and green bed and breakfast inn nestled right in the middle of the vast rice fields of the small farming town of Cabiao in Nueva Ecija, Philippines. It is on the wings of growth and has the potential to evolve into a forming ecological community. What makes it unique is that it was founded and created by two Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) alumni in the persons of John Vermeulen and this author, Penelope Reyes — all in a short span of two years.

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Bangladesh Eco-Village Design Education

Organised by the Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD) and in Partnership with Gaia Education and the Global Ecovillage Network Ocieania & Asia.

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Ecovillage Design Education at Konohana Family, Japan

The third Japan EDE will be taking place at the foothills of Mount Fuji, in the context of the experience of Konohana Family. The Konohana Family lives in right livelihood, practises small scale economies, uses natural materials for building systems and organic farming with high self-sufficiency ratio. The community lives inner & outer peace, strives towards leadership, facilitation and non violent conflict resolution.

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Ecovillage Conferences & Courses – Asia

By Diana Leafe Christian

(May/June 2010)

Participants in Ecovillage Conference Tokyo, 2007

Ecovillage activists, academic researchers, and ecovillage founders will participate in educational and advocacy events about ecovillages in Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines from May through September, 2010.

Japan. On May 28-30, 2010, the fourth Ecovillage Conference Tokyo will take place at Josai International University in Tokyo. Its theme will be “Relocalization for a Sustainable Earth: Reconstructing the Urban Environment and Ecovillage Solutions for Rural Areas.”Speakers will include:

• David Holmgren (on SKYPE) Permaculture co-developer and founder of Fryer’s Forest Ecovillage in Victoria, Australia

• Elizabeth McDermott, designer/planner affiliated with Village Homes, renowned sustainable housing development in Davis, California

• Koji Itonaga, Professor of Engineering and Architecture, College of Bioresource Sciences at Nihon University and Director, Permaculture Institute of Japan

• Bindu Mohanty, writer/teacher, Aurovillle Ecovillage, Pondicherry, India

• Penelope Reyes, Board member of GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) and Director of GENOA (GEN-Oceania/Asia)

• Li Jingsheng, Professor of Urban Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning Tongji University, Shanghai, China

• Ben Nakamura, Architect and Professor of Architecture, Kogakuin University, Japan

• Hidetoshi Ohno, Architect, Professor of Architectural Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan

• Shigeru Aoki, Architect, Professor at Strategy Research Center, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

• Tokiko Kato, well-known Japanese singer

Co-sponsored by the nonprofit Tokyo-based BeGood Café and the Permaculture Institute of Japan, the conference will also offer more than 40 breakout workshops.

Advance tickets for the 2010 conference are 12,000 Yen for all three days or 5,000 Yen for one day, or, if purchased at the door: 14,000 Yen for three days and 6,000 Yen for one day.

For more information, see conference website or email

Vietnam. On August 27, 2010, the “Green Economic Corridor and Ecovillages” conference will be held at National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sponsors are International Center and Global Environment Project in Asia (GEPIA) in the Institute of Economic Research, Chuo University, Tokyo. The conference is part of Chuo University’s 125th Anniversary Celebration.Keynote Speakers will include:

• Toshio Ogata, Professor of Ecological Economics at Chuo University, Tokyo

• Environment Faculty Dean Professor Le Thu Hoa of National Economics University, Vietnam

• Mr. Le Dang Doanh, former President of Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), Vietnam

• Professor Nguyen The Chinh of the Institute for Strategy and Policy of Natural Resources and the Environment (ISPONRE), Vietnam

• Mr. Nariya Sukegawa of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Japan

• Vice Rector Professor Saykhong Saynasine of the National University in Laos

In order to develop rural economies and preserve traditional cultures in Vietnam and Laos, the Institute is working with National Economics University in Hanoi and National University of Laos in a joint project — “The Green Economic Corridor” — to promote a series of ecovillage-like settlements in Vietnam with mutually interactive garden/fishpond/livestock systems, as well as to plant “Vietnam-Japan Friendship Forests” there, according to Professor Toshio Ogata, who is also director of the Research Group on Environment and Economy in the Institute.

For more information on the conference, please see conference website or contact Professor Toshio Ogata at

Philippines. From August 28 through September 25, 2010, the second Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course will be held in the Philippines, in the town of Cabaio, south of Manila, and sponsored by the Philippine nonprofit, Happy Earth. The month-long course — a project of Gaia Education, a program of Global Ecovillage Network — has been held in ecovillages on five continents since 2006.Instructors at the Philippine EDE course will include:

• Penelope Reyes, Director of GENOA (GEN-Oceania/Asia), founder of Happy Earth nonprofit, and cofounder of the Laughing Fish eco-homestead in the Philippines (site of the course)

• John Vermuellen, permaculture designer and cofounder of the Laughing Fish

• Dr. Sixto Roxas, economist, former banking executive in New York and London, former chief economic planner of the Philippine government and member of the Philippine cabinet, and currently developer of a system of local community-centered ecosystems-based management in the Philippines

• Diana Leafe Christian, editor/publisher of this newsletter

The Philippines EDE course will include videos and slide shows of the ecological aspects and daily life in well-known ecovillages in Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe; “how we did it” case histories of successful ecovillages; explorations of typical steps ecovillage founders took to create their projects; sustainable economics in ecovillages; and an exploration of the consensus decision-making process, from how the process works to drafting proposals, creating agendas, and facilitating meetings.

For more information or to register, contact Penelope Reyes at
Diana Leafe Christian, editor of this newsletter, lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina, US.



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