Gaia University/Gaia U Latina

Last updated: February 15, 2016 (8 months ago)

Listing created on: March 10, 2005

Gaia University/Gaia U Latina

(Boulder, Colorado, United States)

Mission Statement:

Using self-directed action learning blended methodology we support now and future permaculture, ecovillage and social permaculture designers and practitioners to become more strategic and effective in their work. We are based on the permaculture ethics which permeates and defines our University level programs. We reach out world-wide to enable people all over the planet to connect with our Gaia University community.

Community Description:

Get credit for exploring your passions while serving the Earth!

Do projects in your local communities and work online creating a powerful portfolio for your future career in the work you love.

Our graduates are earning their livings in Permaculture and Ecovillage Design, Social Permaculture, and Transition leadership.

We are in our 10th year! Bachelors, Masters and Post Masters Graduate Diplomas in Ecosocial Regeneration and Permaculture Design.

Self-directed, action-learning programs designed to support you in recuperating your natural intelligence. Check us out!

Gaia U Latina offers programs in Spanish.

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.


  • Type(s): Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: Mobile


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Additional Comments: Gaia U operates online and in local communities through the projects its students design and implement. and has allied associations often located in ecovillages and permaculture centers globally


  • Adult Members: 25
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: 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 [email protected]
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Read the website, contact our Registrar [email protected]
  • Additional Comments: Bachelors, Masters, Post-Masters Graduate Diplomas and Diplomas in Permaculture Design are all offered through a blended (online and self-designed projects in local communities. Diplomas open through registration. Degree programs–fill out the online application form. Ecosocial Regeneration is the focus of all programs although we also offer Open Topic programs in which students name their program that fits within our Permaculture Ethics. Students develop career skills by mentorship from trained Gaia U graduates and outside experts in their chosen fields.


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: see website for student fees and

Sustainability Practices


  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)

Additional Comments


International University level Learning Community

Earn a living doing what you love

Creation of e-portfolios

Holistic personal and worldview

Focus on development of strategic and effective work that leads to a career.


Photo Gallery

Video Gallery

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Coho/US, Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Madison Community Cooperatives, Michigan State University Student Housing Corporation, Northwest Intentional Communities Association, Camphill Association of North America (CANA), Catholic Worker, Hutterian Brethren, Twelve Tribes, Utopian EcoVillage Network Federation, Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA), Transition Towns

Community Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network, Transition Towns, El Manzano, Chile, Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage, Mexico and many others


permaculture, university, integral, transition towns, ecovillage, design, unconventional

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.