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The Sustainability Institute

The Sustainability Institute, founded in 1999 and situated within the Lynedoch Eco-Village, is an international living and learning centre for theory and practice in transformative learning towards just and flourishing futures. Through our work we aim to inspire and capacitate individuals and organisations to activate change in their own contexts.

Our various activities and programmes strive to realise sustainability through learning, exploring, and applying ways of being that are restorative and generative. Our focus on transformative learning and social innovation is embedded through our research, teaching, and practice. Our Trust work aims to have a transformative impact on the lives of children and youth in the Lynedoch Valley through the educational programmes we offer and by participating in a network of collaborative partnerships. Our hope is to have the children graduate from our programmes as successful, self-actualised adults that are generative citizens making a positive impact in their community. We also design and implement transformative learning experiences for adults that experiment with more just and generative ways of living, working, and being, thereby inspiring and equipping learners with the skills, knowledge, and mindset to activate change for sustainability within their own respective contexts. We are a knowledge authority in sustainable food systems, organisations and communities, and transformative learning through our extensive experience and practice in these fields. Our research-advisory services include research, designing transformative learning experiences, developing sustainability strategies, and capacity building for both individual and institutional agents of change, thereby contributing to sustainable transitions.


  • Transformative learning towards just and generative futures Our goals
  • To enable the transition to just and generative futures on the African continent
  • To deliver holistic and outstanding quality education to learners of all ages
  • To activate positive change within the communities where we work Through the above objectives SI aims to achieve the following outcomes:
  • Transformative education
  • Rigorous action research
  • Inspiring experiences

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The Sustainability Institute, Lynedoch Road, Lynedoch, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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