SHE-EDE | 2023
Women Ecovillage Design Education
April 26th – May 25th 2023
MAGLIANO SABINA – ITALY
Responsible for Gaia Certification Facilitatress: Sabina Santovetti
The She-Ede was a World Premiere
A four weeks journey that had the objective to empower women, raise awareness and create future resilient communities inside the Ecovillage Design Education Model. Bringing together experience in ecovillage design, matriarchal societies, feminine wisdom, activism, community building and healing circles, a diversity of facilitatresses coming from Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Portugal and Italy created a new format of EDE – responding to the worldwide need of mutual female support and empowerment. It was a deep journey of feminine healing for the participantesses that came from many countries abroad, Portugal,
Australia, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and Italy. Two women refugees from Afghanistan spent a few days with us with a scholarship and we greeted women from the local community to spent time with us in activities such as body work in the morning, dancing and community building workshops. We warmly welcomed two mothers with their children, a little girl and a little boy that were the highlight of our days together. It was a journey of intense research on personal self but also a moment where sisterhood could be deeply discovered among participantesses, creating everlasting bonds and deep understanding of matriarchal equalitarian/sustainable and peaceful past and existing cultures in the world. The Work that
Reconnects Spiral Work was holding the weekly rhythms of our circular empowerment journey,Gratitude, Honoring the pain for the world, Seeing with new/ancient eyes and Growing forth became the guiding metaphor of each week. Every Monday the women would spend time in Nature to strengthen their gratitude and then dive into the weekly theme of the Spiral work. It was about working in Bio-dynamic or biological farms of this beautiful territory and experience circles of healing related to Mother Earth circles and Goddesses’ wisdom. The eco-hostel became our home to live communally, cook and clean, dance, work, learn, weep and laugh, share in circles of deep listening our wisdoms and pains to each other and learn to be more resilient in these times of climatic crisis and deep adaptation. Our She-Community was a beautiful example for the community of Magliano Sabina that hosted us. It was a rich interconnection that hopefully will continue in the future SHE-EDEs’ workshops.
BestUp – Organizer
is a social nonprofit association that works since 2010 on the promotion of ecological and sustainable education. Sabina Santovetti, architect, facilitatress and certified trainer of Gaia Education is the presidentess of this association and currently is creating courses with Transition own Movement, Schumacher College and the Work that Reconnects Network.
This She-EDE course, that she created, was hosted in the public Ecological Hostel designed in 2016 by her team with the best sustainable technical criteria
Together we want to research what we can learn from matriarchal societies around the world, dive deeply into our own wisdom and struggles as women.
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