RELEARN Suderbyn is a non-profit NGO working locally and internationally with environmental resilience, social justice, respect for human rights and democratic development, transformative education and international cooperation for sustainable development. We have experience in working with and leading various transnational projects: locally, within the Baltic region and internationally.
The NGO was founded in Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage on Gotland in 2007. Over the years the NGO shifted its focus from local promotion of ecological lifestyle to regional and international work with the focus on education and holistic models of social and environmental sustainability. Our activities areas are: 1. Non-formal education for youth and adults; 2. Action Research and outreach; 3. Cross-border cooperation: across national borders and across different sectors.
Our mission is to work for a sustainable society where innovative solutions are integrated with forgotten knowledge. Through experiential methods we work with holistic learning considering the society, nature, economy, culture and individuals as integrated parts of one complex system. In order to help to bring a social change in the system we work with individuals, groups and international projects in various aspects of global, local and inner sustainability.
Globally: - Working actively with Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) — the cooperation between eco-villages around the world with connections in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia. - Hosting 8 international workcamps and a number of working weekends through the organisation Service Civil International (SCI)
In the Baltic Sea Region: - Leading the projects Transnational Ecovillages for Societal Transition to Sustainability (TESTS and TESTS II) in cooperation with other BSR countries - Leading the seed-project for strengthening cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region - Initiating and hosting the headquarters of the Baltic Ecovillage Network (BEN) - Partnership in the Baltic flagship project Ecovillages For Sustainable Rural Development
On Gotland: - Participation in educational through collaboration with the University of Gotland and local schools - Promotion of cycling on Gotland through collaboration with Cykelfrämjandet Gotland - Working with unemployment schemes, Miljöverkstan and the local handicraft organisation Hemslöjden - Participation in Transition Gotland activities and work towards wider societal changes for a more sustainable lifestyle
In Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage - Promoting sustainable lifestyle and regeneration of local ecosystems - Organizing projects, courses, internships, volunteer placements and training at Suderbyn - Engaging in outreach activities to assist the ecovillage movement