GEN+20 Summit: Living the New Story

Celebrating 20 Years of the Global Ecovillage Network and 10 Years of Gaia Education


Special Event
6–10 July 2015


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We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future … To move forward we must recognise that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny....

Preamble, The Earth Charter

Organised by GEN in partnership with Gaia Education, the Findhorn Foundation
and New Findhorn Association, the GEN+20 Summit is an invitation
to celebrate 20 years of walking our talk.

Established in Findhorn in 1995, the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) today connects more than 10,000 villages, urban neighbourhoods and intentional communities in more than 100 countries worldwide. Spanning all continents, GEN showcases high quality, low impact ways of living that have led to some of the lowest per capita footprints in the industrialised world, and a healthy integration of heritage and innovation in more traditional settings. GEN has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

With its 20 years of experience, GEN has a wealth of inspiration to offer, emphasising local solutions to global challenges and demonstrating that the creation of a different world is possible!


Would you like to discover a secret window into the future? Come to GEN+20. Experience an amazing, diverse, locally-grounded and planetary culture that is pioneering a future that works. Hear the stories from those who are living it, make connections, play your part. More than a window, GEN+20 could be the doorway to your own paradigm-shifting insights and experiences.

For more information contact, Robert Gilman


If you are seeking leading-edge, grounded, grassroots organisations to support as part of your company CSR policy, or are looking for innovative responsible investment opportunities, come to GEN +20 where you will meet over 100 such possibilities!

For more information contact, Robin Alfred


Are you a researcher who might be interested in ecovillages? Come to GEN+20. Spend a week living in a world-famous ecovillage, meeting 400 ecovillagers from all over the world! Are you interested in meeting fellow researchers to build collaborative funding proposals involving ecovillages and universities? If so, GEN+20 is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know the atmosphere and culture of the ecovillage movement and to make world class contacts. There will also be a special meeting with the GEN International Research group and a poster exhibition showcasing research on ecovillages.

For more information contact, Taisa Mattos


A new story needs vital forms of inspiration and collective intelligence to help us navigate unchartered waters. We have gathered a wealth of experience in our communities. Now it's time to bring this forward and create our future. We will enrich and enliven the Summit through providing an ongoing art space as well as creative and inspiring offers, celebrations and actions. Come and share your potential with us and be part of a new and connected future.

For more information contact, Andreas Duda


Healing, Dance, Voice and Silence
How can we more and more ...

  • invite our human spirits to be fully here: our physical, emotional, mental and energetic bodies?
  • open up to the information we are suppose to receive?
  • meet the right people and situations in the flow of our Life Dance?
  • find more and more of our unique beautiful voice?
  • connect and ground our creativity and service in a delightful way?
  • sink more deeply into an unknown place of inspiration, space and love?

Come to co-create and celebrate our GEN+20 spirit-gathering! Listen and be moved towards our next steps ... be trusting and nourished by the space between the words!

For more information contact, Heike Wegener

We can live a new story

As human beings living in community, not only is there no need for us to further destroy our beautiful planet, we are actually able to regenerate the very fabric of life around and within us. We can heal ecosystems: the waters, the soils, the atmosphere, forests, oceans, and coastlines. We can create sanctuaries for biodiversity to flourish again. We can heal social isolation and historic wounds, communicate across all sectors and divides and celebrate the wealth and diversity of our cultural heritage. We can create cyclic economies that serve environmental and societal wellbeing instead of the maximisation of profit. When we pool the best of our intelligence and wisdom to these ends, we can shift from business as usual to an entirely new paradigm. We can live a new story.

At this conference, members from all regions – GEN-Africa, GENOA (Asia and Oceania), the South and North American networks CASA and ENA, GEN-Europe and NextGEN (the youth or next generation of GEN) – will present their work. GEN provides us with a direct link of friendship and understanding between people and projects from the North and South, East and West – a heart connection that enables us to feel that we are working towards solutions for one planet.

Please note:
The GEN-Europe Annual Conference is incorporated into the GEN+20 Summit this year, since GEN-Europe is a main contributor to this internationally-focussed GEN celebration. There will be no separate European event for 2015.

GEN today

Going beyond the ‘green islands’ or ‘life boats’ concept of its first decade, today the GEN is shifting into becoming a transformative knowledge network that works in close alliance with like-minded organisations and other sectors in order to optimise sustainable development strategies for whole societies. In conjunction with Gaia Education, GEN has developed a set of trainings to facilitate the transition to resilience – learning journeys for change makers and design processes for communities to chart their own pathways into the future. During the conference we will be celebrating Gaia Education’s 10th anniversary and the success of the Ecovillage Design Education course, now taught in over 35 countries.

You are warmly invited to join us in honouring some of the elders of the ecovillage movement, celebrating the present holders of energy from all corners of the world and continuing to look ahead with the next generation at where our learning edge for sustainable living is now. Together, we will share realistic glimpses of possibility and hope for a thriving future.

Download a draft of the conference programme here.


Please, take a few minutes and allow this TEDxFindhorn talk by Kosha Anja Joubert,
GEN-Europe General Secretary, to remind you of the future we dream of.


Tiered prices (click here for more information): See options below.

Tiered Pricing

Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider that the Findhorn Foundation is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of holistic learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation, and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Pay it Forward Price covers the cost of your workshop and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world.

Sustainable Price covers the cost of your workshop and helps us to sustain our learning and guest facilities.

Supported Price reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your workshop and is intended for those with minor financial need.

Below are two sets of booking options. The full week option is for those people attending both the GA(s) and the Summit; the 5-day option is for those people attending the Summit only.

GEN Nominated Delegates are invited participants who are either: part of the conference core team; one of ten nominated from their region; or one of two nominated from GEN member organisations. All other conference participants should select from the choices for General Participants.

General Participants

Full week: 4–10 July 2015
Own accommodation £800 / £650 / £500
Tent accommodation £850 / £700 / £550
Standard accommodation £1000 / £850 / £700

5-day option: 6–10 July
Own accommodation £770 / £620 / £470
Tent accommodation £810 / £660 / £510
Standard accommodation £940 / £790 / £640

GEN-Nominated Delegates

Full week: 4–10 July 2015
Own accommodation £350 / £275 / £200
Tent accommodation £400 / £325 / £250
Standard accommodation £550 / £475 / £400

5-day option: 6–10 July
Own accommodation £320 / £245 / £170
Tent accommodation £360 / £285 / £210
Standard accommodation £490 / £415 / £340

For information related to the conference programme contact Ethan Hirsch-Tauber:

For information about accommodation and booking contact Graham Meltzer:


Pre-Summit Workshops

27 - 30 June 2015
Expand The Box - Sustainable Culture Thoughtware
Clinton Callahan, Marion Callahan

Expand The Box is a rapid-learning group-intelligence igniter that provides you with an abundance of practical exercises and personal development processes for empowering your work creating a sustainable human culture on Earth. The training (read more...)

30 June - 3 July 2015
Deep Democracy, Relationship & The World
Gill Emslie, Ana Rhodes

The ability to facilitate diversity and build sustainable relationships is at the heart of resilient living in all sectors. Unconscious dynamics of rank and power undermine the synergistic relationship and group interconnections we long for. Explore (read more...)

For more information on these two workshops, and to book, please click on the "read more..." links above in the brief descriptions. You can book either of them individually or both together - if you do book both together you will receive a reduction on the combined price of the two workshops. Pricing and booking details on the individual workshop pages.


Support the GEN+20 Summit!

The Global Ecovillage Network is raising $100,000 USD to bring more than 100 committed changemakers from around the world to the GEN+20 Summit. Take part in making this historic event possible and beautifully diverse!
Learn more and contribute here.


Invitation for researchers to the GEN+20 conference
Are you a researcher who would possibly like to do research on and in ecovillages? Why not come to GEN+20. Spend a week living in an ecovillage, meeting ecovillagers from all over the world?

Are you interested in meeting fellow researchers to build collaborative funding proposals involving ecovillages and universities? There will be a special meeting with GEN International Research group and a poster exhibition on research on ecovillages.

The GEN+20 Conference is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know the atmosphere and culture of the ecovillage movement and to make good contacts.

Consider submitting your poster for the conference! Read more about this here.


Possible bus transportation from Europe
You can preregister here for the GEN+20 bus organised by the Smala community in Central Europe. It is starting from southern Switzerland near northern Italy, going through eastern France near western Germany, near Belgium, near Amsterdam, up to Findhorn. (Duration 18-24 hours, pricing 280€ return). Exact stops will depend on your preregistration. Contact Smala: , Phone +41763769776

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