May East

May East is a sustainability educator, working
internationally with intergovernmental agencies, organisations,
businesses and the United Nations in the creation of policy guidance for
sustainable development and delivery of leadership and sustainability

May East is the Programme Director of Gaia Education,
an international consortium of cutting–edge sustainability designers
and educators. In 2006/2007 Gaia Education successfully supported the
delivery of a number of pilot programmes on five continents. These
vocational courses are open to a diverse group of people with a wide
range of professional and academic backgrounds who are interested in
taking an active role in the sustainability transition.

Gaia Education is an official contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
and is promoting practices that support carbon neutral activities
across the globe. Training sessions were held in the following sites:

Lotan/ Israel   2006/ 2007
ITTC/ Mexico 2006
Tamera/ Portugal   2006/2007
Findhorn/ Scotland 2006/2007
UMAPAZ/ Brazil   2006/2007
University of New Mexico/ USA 2007
Asociacion Gaia/ Argentina 2007
ZEGG & Sieben Linden/ Germany 2007
METU- Middle East Technical University/ Turkey 2007

 May East has played a prominent role in developing relationships between the United Nations and the Findhorn Ecovillage,
culminating in the launch of CIFAL Findhorn in 2006. CIFAL Findhorn,
the only UN affiliated training centre in Northern Europe, operates as a
hub for training, capacity-building and knowledge sharing between local
and regional authorities, international organisations, the private
sector and civil society on all aspects of integrated sustainable
development, and other global goals of the United Nations and its
 CIFAL Findhorn training programmes progressively address
policy development and technical issues related to climate change. An
inter-disciplinary and collaborative approach encourages participants to
forge strategic alliances with partner institutions, so helping them to
implement sustainable energy action plans.

CIFAL Findhorn is part of the Decentralised Cooperation Programme (DCP) of the United Nations Institute of Training and Research.
The DCP delivers its programmes through a global network of 12
International Training Centres. The training centers are located in:

Atlanta/ USA
Barcelona/ Spain
Bilbao/ Spain
Curitiba/ Brazil
Durban/ South Africa
Findhorn/ Scotland
Kuala Lumpur/ Malaysia
Lyon/ France
Ougadougou/ Burkina Faso
Plock/ Poland
Shanghai/ China
Tallin/ Estonia

May is the facilitator of the Club of Budapest,
a think thank of world-renowned members including scientists,
economists, politicians, artists and business leaders who meet regularly
to dialogue on problems and solutions that face the entire human

May East has two teenage daughters and for the last 16 years is based at the internationally known Findhorn Ecovillage.
Awarded UN Habitat Best Practice designation, the Ecovillage has a
reputation for being at the cutting edge of the global sustainability

Ecovillages | Design at the Edge


Ecovillages are laboratories of human relations, in which we test the power of new systemic thinking to bring about necessary changes in the local and global economic, social and ecological environments. Ecovillages provide conditions for cutting-edge sustainability experiments. In these living and learning laboratories, we quickly learn from mistakes and advances.