Red Global de Ecoaldeas / Conferencia 2011 / Tamera, Portugal / Julio 7-11

7. Jul 2011 - 11. Jul 2011 in Tamera ( Portugal )

July 7 – July 11 GEN- Conference 2011 - “Ecovillages and Sustainable Living“

This year Tamera will host the open conference and members' meeting

Facilitated by: GEN-Global Ecovillage Network

This conference will give participants a deeper understanding of cutting edge developments of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), focusing on GEN-Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Opportunities will be provided to learn about and practice facilitation methods and pedagogies used during the conference (experiential learning, action learning, participatory learning, incorporating the wisdom and diversity of participants). This year there will be a special focus on the dimension of education.

Ecovillages act as research and training centres for sustainable development within wider society. The hosting Ecovillage of Tamera serves as a living example and field of practice for the themes of the conference.

The themes of this year’s conference include:

Collaborations for Sustainability – Inspirations from the Global Ecovillage Network
New developments in the Global Ecovillage Network, with a focus on Europe and Africa. In-depths exploration of Tamera’s solar village and water landscape in theory and practice.
Widening networks for Resilience – Broadening the concept of 'Ecovillage'
Transition of traditional villages to ecovillages. Interaction and cooperation with academia, social entrepreneurs and policy makers. Ecovillages and Transition Towns. Empowered Fundraising.
Education for Sustainability - GEN-Strategies
Ecovillage Design Education – Gaia Education. Presentation of the new two-year curriculum ‘Transition to Resilience – Learning Adventure for Change Agents’. Children and Youth.

The conference will be facilitated by Capra Carruba and a team.

The presenters and facilitators of workshops are : Kosha Anja Joubert ( South Africa, Germany and Scotland, UK ) , Macaco Tamerice ( Germany and Italy), Adama Ly ( Senegal ), Lua Bashala-Kekana ( Congo and South Africa ), Aili Pyhala ( Mexiko and Finnland ), Nara Petrovic ( Slovenia), John Croft ( Australia and Germany ), May East ( Scotland, UK and Brasil ). Other presenters to be confirmed…

Each day of the conference will start with lectures in the mornings, followed by mini-workshops in smaller groups to deepen one of the themes of the morning. There will be lots of opportunities to get to know the other participants and more informal exchange.

Registrations will start soon.

Grundtvig grants for adult education staff

Grundtvig Grants

Those working in the field of adult education can apply for a Grundtvig ‘Visits and Exchanges’ grant. For this, you need to be a teacher or teacher trainer in the field of adult education. This possibility is open to employees, freelancers and volunteers alike.

To be eligible for the grants you need to be a National or Resident of a EU member state (except Portugal), Turkey, Norway, Iceland, Croatia, Switzerland or Liechtenstein.

These grants cover travel and visa costs, food and accommodation as well as the conference fee.

Applications are to be written to the National Agency of your country of residence.

THE DEADLINE FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS IS JANUARY 14 in some countries, in others there are later deadlines and grants are given on a fist-come-fist-served basis. We strongly recommend you apply as soon as possible, because last year in some countries the money was finished after just a few weeks.

How to apply for a Grundtvig grant

Fill in the online pre-registration form. Within a few days you will receive a confirmation of pre-registration from us that you will need for the application.
Download the application form: Go to and find the site of your national agency. Search for Grundtvig. There are several Grundtvig actions. The one you are looking for is about individual mobility. In English, it is called ‘Visits and Exchanges’. Make sure you find the form for 2011. If you have any difficulty with this, phone or email your National Agency. Some countries have an online application tool that you need to fill in online.
Fill in the application form. It must be filled in electronically, no handwriting! Read all the information included in the form carefully, it explains where you find most of the information you need. Use the Application Form Support file for help. This will be sent to you with the pre-registration.
Sign the form yourself and get it signed by your organization (if applicable) and send it to your National Agency together with the pre-registration.

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