Gaia University

Last updated: January 9, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: March 10, 2005

Gaia University

(Online learning and local project work, Colorado, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Kirsten Liegmann, Registry; Ava Klinger, Registered Agent
  • Phone: +1 888 316 2092
  • Address:
    Gaia University International
    PO Box 3102
    Online learning and local project work, Colorado, 80302
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    For full details on how you can participate in this unique, highly flexible, learner-centered educational community, visit the Gaia University website,, or write us at

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

University; Education

Community Description:

Get credit for exploring your passions while serving the Earth!

More flexible and more affordable than ever..

New for 2014: We have created Gaia U Latina which will offer Gaia U programs in Spanish. See for all the information!. We are also partnering with the global Transition Network to offer a Diploma in Transition Leadership. More on this soon.

Gaia U continues to offer an International Diploma in Permaculture Design as well as a Diploma in Action for Resilience. Successful diplomats can apply to enter the last year of the Bachelor’s or Masters program.

We will also continue to offer access to accredited Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as post graduate diplomas and now the Orientation can be taken online avoiding added expense for travel and room and board.

These online programs enable people anywhere in the world to access Gaia U’s self-directed, project-based transformative action learning programs.

We have various payment plans for our low fees and you can pay quarterly or monthly as well as take Pause months as needed.

Students do their project work anywhere in the world they choose and are supported by a team of Gaia U. advisors and mentors in documenting their learning.

Incorporated in 2004 and operational since 2006, as of early 2014 Gaia University has graduated 78 Master’s and Bachelors candidates in the US and Germany.

Based on a chaordic organizational design, Gaia U is a global action-learning network and community with allied associations in ecovillages, permaculture centers, holistic health centers and institutes world-wide.

Focused on the development of world-changers who are committed to Earth care, people care, and equitable distribution of resources, Gaia University is modeled on a 12-year pilot project in the UK.

We offer potential specializations in any area of sustainability, regeneration, and world change, e.g., Permaculture, Ecovillage Design, Transition Towns, Life Transitions, Natural Building, Relocalization, Peace Studies, Ecocities, Appropriate Technology, Traditional Wisdom, Eco- Health, Sustainable Economics, Midwifery, Bioregionalism, Natural Building, Social Communication, Art for Social Change, Community Leadership, Designing for Disaster, Energy Descent, Beyond Consensus, Spiral Dynamics, Peak Oil, and Financial Permaculture, as well as self-designed programs based on student interests and the strategic needs of our partner networks.


  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors


  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Gaia U is being developed primarily by its Core Team whose members generally live in ecovillages or permaculture projects world-wide

Land and Buildings

  • Additional Comments: Gaia U operates online and has allied associations often located in ecovillages and permaculture centers globally

Labor and Money

    • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
    • Required Labor Contribution: No


    • Additional Comments: see website for associate fees



    Additional Comments


    International Learning Community

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    Community Network or Organization Affiliations

    Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), Catholic Worker, Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Hutterian Brethren, Camphill Association of North America (CANA), Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC-Michigan), Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC-Texas), Madison Community Cooperatives, Michigan State University Student Housing Corporation, Twelve Tribes, University Students’ Cooperative Association (UC Berkeley), The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Northwest Intentional Communities Association, Coho/US, Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation

    Community Affiliations

    Ashland Cohousing Community, Ananda Community of Portland, Amherst Co-op, ALDEAFELIZ, Agape Community, Abundance EcoVillage, ZEGG – Centre for Experimental Cultural Design, The Kibbutz Movement, Tamera – Healing Biotope I, Sirius Community, Sieben Linden Ecovillage, Rainbow Peace Caravan, Otamatea Eco-Village, Oak Grove, O.U.R ECOVILLAGE, Newbold House, Moonshadow, Lebensgarten Steyerberg, Lama Foundation, Heathcote Community, Harbin Hot Springs, Gesundheit! Institute, Frog Song, Findhorn Foundation and Community, EcoVillage at Ithaca, Ecovilla Asociación GAIA, Ecoaldea Huehuecoyotl, Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, Earthaven Ecovillage, EarthArt Village, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Damanhur, Federation of Communities, D Acres of New Hampshire, Comunidad Los Horcones, Centre for Alternative Technology – CAT, Casa da Ribeira, Breitenbush Hot Springs, Awaawaroa Bay Eco-Village, Arcosanti, Aprovecho, Alpha Farm, ABRA144 Ecovillage – Amazonian Bioregional Village, EcoVillage at Ithaca, TREE, the third neighborhood, E

    Fair Housing Laws

    This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns:


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    We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
    Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
    Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
    Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge