Ecovillage Design Education On The Nile | KENYA 2023

Ecovillage Design Education On The Nile | KENYA 2023

Ecovillage Design Education On The Nile | KENYA 2023

Meru & Rusinga Island, Kenya from February 6 – March 2023


Welcome to the first Ecovillage Design Education course on the Nile!

The NILE Journey is co-hosting “EcoVillage Design Education on the NILE” bringing African wisdom to the centre of Ecological, Economic, Social, Cultural & Spiritual as well as the regenerative design and learning from the local communities by co-designing and co-implementing ideas and projects of relevance to the local communities.

This program is designed to bring you in close contact with two rural Kenyan communities; Rusinga Island and Kithoka Meru. We will be hosted by Rusinga Island Organic Farmers Association (RIOFA) and Tiriji Eco-Community in Kithoka Meru. Throughout a month, we will experience a unique EDE, bringing the African wisdom at the centre of Ecological, Economic, Social, Cultural & Spiritual as well as the regenerative design. We will bring these dimensions into practice, learning from the local communities by co-designing and co-implementing ideas and projects of relevance to the local communities.

Location: RIOFA, Rusinga Island, Kenya & Tiriji Eco-center, Kithoka, Meru, Kenya
Time: From February 6th 2023 to March 7th 2023

GOALS OF THIS COURSE:

  1. To explore the permaculture practices in Africa in general and in Kenya in specific.
  2. To learn social tools for leadership, participatory decision making, group building, conflict transformation with a focus on indigenous wisdom from Africa.
  3. To learn about the eco-social dynamics of the bioregion of the Nile, lake Nalubaale (Victoria) and Eastern Africa’s highlands.
  4. To experience a holistic education process in the four dimensions of sustainability
  5. To explore solutions for food sovereignty and effective models of transforming society from dependency to interdependency. 
  6. To experience two visionary community in “real life”, and learn from their story of existence.
  7. To experience playfulness and artistic approach to life
  8. To explore the importance of spirituality and creating sacred space in building new societies

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

  • Certification by Gaia Education as an EDE designer
  • In-depth knowledge of Kenya, East Africa, the Nile Bio-region and Africa. 
  • Integrative design skills in four areas of sustainability: ecology, economy, social aspects & culture
  • First step for setting up EDE-courses in your region
  • An experience of the mode of life in a Kenyan rural setting
  • Visited three regions in Kenya: Meru, Nairobi and Homa Bay
  • New friends, ideas, inspiration and hope!

BRIEF ABOUT THE PROGRAM Please check the pdf attached HERE

COSTS AND FUNDING POSSIBILITIES: 

(Please note that the cost is divided into two components (Course fees & Food and accommodation) 

1. Course fee: 

Regular €1250
Early Bird € 1000 (First 5 applicants)
*payments will be made up on receiving a confirmation for your application

2. Food and accommodation options: 

Single room in RIOFA €1400
Shared room in RIOFA €1200
Tent in RIOFA € 1000

(Worth noting that accommodation in IPI and Nairobi are all shared rooms). 

We do not want the financial issues to be a blocker for your participation, please communicate with us if you are interested in participating. We have limited scholarships. Priorities for scholarship will go to locals, a second priority will go to people living in Africa and the global south. We also are open to discuss group discounts, if organisations are sending 3 people or more. 

A 25% deposit must be transferred to book your slot after receiving a confirmation of your attendance. Confirmation is on the basis of “First Apply First Served”

Application Deadline: 15 December 2022

APPLY here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbTuSq1wGDQob8cgO_Up8es4gzTxz3SjheSLey4Ck7EACbIA/viewform 

MORE ABOUT THE HOST COMMUNITIES 

Triji Eco Centre is (a place of abundance; a place of remembering)’ an ‘edible’ eco-cultural retreat and peace conference centre situated in Meru, Kenya. Triji was created to remind the Meru people of their so-called old ways that have been forgotten, yet were very Earth and people enhancing. These skills are needed today to kick back the impact of climate change that is affecting our world and our livelihood today. They are also critical for rebuilding the broken people-to-people relationships across cultures. One of the main purposes of the space is to develop and put in place regenerative energies, appropriate technologies and sustainable agriculture for a healthy relationship with Mother Earth. Also, to create a peace academy space where people come to learn and share effective ways to build non-violent lives and resilient communities. Triji wants to bring forth and embody an Earth-respecting culture of “restore, respect, replenish” instead of the current one of “domination, depletion, and destruction” of nature and to model for high quality, low impact lifestyle; build community as well as integrate marginalised groups in order to tap into the wealth of our diversity; engage in sustainable projects that inspire children, youth, women and men to contribute to sustainable peace and development in our communities;

Website: https://tirijifoundation.com/tiriji-eco-center/

RUSINGA ISLAND ORGANIC FARMERS ASSOCIATION (RIOFA) is a community social enterprise working with smallholder farmers in Rusinga Island and around lake Victoria Region, committed to being a model and learning centre in regenerative farming and business practices through being with the land and promotion of organic farming principles as well as permaculture ethics of earth care, people’s care and fair share. RIOFA aims at promoting sustainable land use management, resilient food systems, empowering smallholder farmers, women & youth groups through Permaculture, agroecology, organic farming with the dream of nurturing vibrant, flourishing and peaceful communities in Rusinga Island and around lake Victoria. RIOFA is founded by 21 farmers from Rusinga island. The organisation is committed to gender equal opportunities with 50% of the members being women farmers

FB LINK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community-Organization/RIOFA-Rusinga-Island-193532888247317/

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