You will be welcomed, inspired and supported on your journey by your core facilitators Anna Kovasna, Katie Kukolj and Mariana França and by several amazing trainers and experts joining the group for a session, a day or a week.
These highly inspiring people really walk their talk, have years of experience in their field of expertise, and most of them live in community.
Anna is a trainer, researcher and community consultant passionate about the cocreation of just, collaborative and free societies where human potential is valued and the interconnectedness of life is recognised. She works as Director of Education at the Global Ecovillage Network, developing tools, training and platforms channelling applied ecovillage research and experience in five continents into resources for individuals, organisations and communities engaged in finding beautiful alternatives, innovative solutions and regenerative lifestyles. She is also involved in several funded projects in the fields of education, Ecovillage Incubation and social entrepreneurship for regenerative communities. Originally from Sweden, Anna until recently lived in Findhorn, and is currently on the road to new adventures. Some of the things that bring particular aliveness to her are dancing, gardening, cocreating with peers, hiking, rock climbing and swimming in wild seas and rivers.
Katie is currently nomadic going where she is called and feels her skills are needed. She is passionate about co-creating in and with international communities and ecovillages around the world and finds this sense of belonging to a global tribe incredibly enriching. She works as an organizational consultant and conscious project manager (www.kukolj.eu) but also does many other things if they feel right. Like organizing the European Ecovillage Conference 2017 in Ängsbacka or creating a website for an Eco Retreat on Lombok. She sees life as an exploration and invitation to heal, grow and learn and is dedicated to following the intense path of personal and spiritual growth. She is experienced in organizational development, consulting and coaching with toolbox full of skills combined with strong intuitive wisdom and a non-intrusive way of co-creating.
Mariana is a native brazilian explorer who uses the systemic field of human relations and the physical body as sources of inspiration to trigger self-inquiry. As a community weaver, she is one of the co-founders of the Terra Una Ecovillage and active participant of intentional communities in Europe and Brazil. She has been working on the support and expansion of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). Mariana is also dedicated to the development of systemic technologies for communication and sustainability. In Forum – an alive research method in self-expression and feedback – she found an effective possibility of social innovation, being the pioneer host of Forum practicing groups in Brazil. She is also a Designer for Sustainability through the Gaia Education training (EDE) and a member of Art of Hosting(AOH). One of her passions is to facilitate and catalyse processes of personal empowerment through therapeutic action.
Filipe Miguel Moreira Alves
Lead facilitator Economy
Filipe has a degree in Economics from Instituto Superior das Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), a MSc in Economics and Public Policies, also from ISCTE-IUL and is currently a PhD candidate at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL). Since 2012, Filipe is also a researcher at the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes as the University of Lisbon, where he has been involved in several EU-funded projects such as BASE – Bottom Up Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe – and SIRCLE – Social Innovation for Resilient Communities. He has worked extensively developing trainings and using participatory methodologies and action research with a wide variety of stakeholders.
In addition, Filipe has a solid background as a social entrepreneur, having co-founded and lead several cooperatives and associations in the areas of sustainability, social transformation and education. He is also trainer for the European Commission in the topics of Sustainability, Citizenship and Youth Policies and an invited lecturer at Instituto Superior e Economia e Gestão (ISEG) in the field of alternative monetary economics.
Filiipe’s Doctoral thesis focuses on alternative currencies and aims at building an alternative, sustainable monetary theory as well as designing, implementing and evaluating a new currency through the use of Participatory Action-Research methodologies – both aiming for increased resilience, democratic control and sustainability in the economic sector.
Lead facilitator Social & Worldview
Born in 1961, trained originally as a teacher, has been a passionated peace and environmental activist from her youth. When she joined the community, she was involved in the guest department, in giving community trainings, and in working at the communitiy’s children’s house. Being, sharing and learning with and from people was and is her passion.
She was one of the founding members of the ecovillage ZEGG where she has been active in various ways since 1991. For many years she was executive secretary of the Global Ecovillage Network of Europe, (www.gen-europe.org), which supports the implementation of sustainable communities in Europe. Since 2004 she is involved in Gaia Education (www.gaiaeducation.org), a holistic approach for education for the future. She has been a communications trainer and supervisor for 20 years, specializing in building community, creating transparency and trust in group processes. She is familiar with Non-Violent Communication, Deep Ecology and other methods which support people to share from the depth of their hearts.
We are currently talking to suitable candidates and are focussing on male experts to ensure gender balance.