Gaia University

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Gaia University focuses on the relocalization of higher education and offers accredited degree programs for real-world action in self and planetary transformation. These programs cultivate world changers working for local and global sustainability, justice, and peace. Associates have access to a powerful global network of leaders, advisors and peers offering support and guidance in the development, implementation and documentation of their self-directed project work.

ORIENTATION: June 20 - July 2, 2008

LOCATION: Commonweal Garden, Bolinas, California

INSTRUCTORS: Andy Langford and Liora Adler
Instructor Biographies

Andy Langford and Liora Alder have spent the last 35 years working to create projects which will affect the personal and global crises of our times.

Andy Langford, MSc and Dip.Perm.Des
Gaia University - Co-founder and President

Permaculture Association of Britain - Founder and lead designer of the Permaculture Diploma WorkNet.

Global Village Institute, Board Member´┐Ż

Andy brought Permaculture to the UK in 1986 and initiated the Permaculture Association of Britain, as well as the Permaculture Diploma WorkNet upon which the design of Gaia University is based. He has been active in the European permaculture and ecovillage networks, is a member of the European Permaculture Council and has served on the European Council of the Global Ecovillage Network.

Alejandra Liora Adler. MEd.
Gaia University - Co-Founder and President

Global Ecovillage Network - International Advisory Council and UN Representative

Global Village Institute - Vice-President

Bioregional Coordinating Council - www.bioregional

Liora has focused on the human architecture underlying ecovillages and other social change groups. She has shared her experience and knowledge in 30 countries, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Ecovillage Network, its representative to the UN, and as a co-founder of two ecovillage projects in Latin America, Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage in Mexico and La Caravana Arcoiris por la Paz, a mobile project, now in its 12th year, and in Brazil.

Program Dates

Orientation Workshop: June 20 - 28 2008
Extension Workshop (IESD & OLE): June 29 - July 2 2008
Regenerative Design & Nature Awareness: Sept. 9, 2008- May 28,2009
Closing workshop Year 1: June 2009
Closing workshop Year 2: June 2010
Contact Information

For more information about Gaia University, and to register for the June workshops, please email or visit:

For specific questions concerning the regional programs, please contact
Jay Ma, Regional Coordinator
(707) 483-7193

Upcoming Degree Programs at RDI

Integrative EcoSocial Design (IESD) BSc, MSc, GD*
Integrating the ecological and social aspects of design into projects that focus on ecosystems, societies, communities, technologies, and personal lifestyles.

Organizing Learning for EcoSocial Regeneration (OLE) MSc, GD*
Applying organizational learning and design to educational projects.Some people focus on the development of a GU regional center as their primary project.

Open Topic (OT) BSc, MSc, GD*
For those who are working at a strategic level as world changers and want to design their own program topic. You may likely already have a clear and appropriate project in mind.

Regenerative Design & Nature Awareness (RDNA) BSc, MSc, GD*
For those interested in taking the RDNA intensive program as focus of their degree pathway. RDNA is a 9 month holistic, hands-on skill based training devoted to helping students develop leadership skills necessary to further sustainable & regenerative practices in their personal and professional lives. Requires registration into the RDNA program.

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