Ecovillage Lifestyle Experience Week

You wanna experience an ecovillage lifestyle and learn how to live in harmony with all beings? In our Experiential Week, you’ll get a glimpse of what living in a community is like, and you’ll learn sustainable ways of living through hands, heart, and mind.


Upcoming Dates:

February 7 – 14, 2020
February 21 – 27, 2020


Within our Experiential Week at Gaia Ashram you’ll experience an Ecovillage Lifestyle through living together in a community. We’re combining theoretical sessions about Ecovillage Design with fun hands-on activities covering permaculture gardening practices, natural building, and natural product making. Included in the price of 3,500 THB for a week are accommodation, daily yoga or dance, meditation, and 3 healthy vegetarian/vegan meals per day!

You wanna discover the Ecovillage Lifestyle at your own pace while enjoying nature?
Our FARM STAY might be the right option for you!

What is an Ecovillage?

An Ecovillage Lifestyle is a holistic way of living that covers all aspects of life and is built upon the knowledge, wisdom, and experiences of ecovillages from all around the globe. Put together by the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), the concept of Ecovillage Design is a whole systems design based on 4 areas of regeneration: social, culture, ecology, and economy.

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the Social Dimension of the ecovillage design education

The Social Dimension addresses social systems and is rethinking and rebuilding human communities. What are the ways to live and work together in harmony? How can we as a community support and strengthen the individual? What are conscious and compassionate ways of making decisions or managing conflicts?

THE Economic DIMENSION for a resilient economic system

Economic Design relates to a more resilient and participatory economic system that doesn’t harm nature and people. What are the alternatives? What are the existing systems and tools? How can you survive economically be in line with your values and ethics without exploiting Mother Earth and all her beings?

THE EcologIcAL DIMENSION to regenerate mother earth

This dimension covers the Ecological aspect of land design that includes green architecture, sustainable agriculture, ecological engineering, ecological restoration, and regenerative development and aims for an ecological balance in coexistence with nature. It consists of analyzing and managing water, soil, energy, waste management to create circular systems and sustain ecological interdependencies. The Ecological Dimension incorporates Permaculture or other designs that correspond to the natural system, such as Khok Nong Na or others.

THE Cultural DIMENSION of the ecovillage design education

The cultural dimension includes our worldview, our culture, and our spirituality and invites us to questions our basic assumptions and become more conscious about your own worldview. What kind of values ​​do we hold? How do we give meaning to life and the world? Ecovillages tend to have different identities or cultures because of their cultural traditions and practices. Although ecological communities are generally similar, they often communicate in different languages ​​and are based on different core values.

What does the experiential week at Gaia Ashram look like?

We strongly believe that learning is not only going through our minds but also through our hearts and hands. That’s why our Experiential Ecovillage Lifestyle Week is a combination of theory, hands-on, and deep sharings. Our schedule for the week is as follows:

  • Volunteer Ecovillage Gaia Ashram

WHat is gaia ashram and who are we?

Gaia Ashram is a community-based education center on Permaculture, Deep Ecology, Ecovillage Design Education and other sustainable living practices. We are a learning center that provides workshops and courses for both international and national participants. Feeling the urge to regenerate Mother Earth, Gaia Ashram was founded in 2013 by Tom and Om.

***Please be aware of our policy on drugs & alcohol***

We don’t allow alcohol or drugs on our property. We ask people to smoke at the smoking corner only to provide a healthy environment for learning and living together. We encourage people to take this course as an opportunity to have a break from smoking or drinking.

Learn more about us!

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

Included in the fee is accommodation in our dormitory, 3 vegetarian/vegan meals per day, as well as yoga, dance, and meditation. We also have private accommodation available that can be booked for an additional fee.

Our facilities are basic but functional, comfy, and most importantly, out of natural and recycled material!

Facilities:

  • Accommodation: Dormitory, shared rooms, and single rooms available. Mosquito nets, cushions, bedding, and blankets are provided.
  • Private rooms are available for an extra fee (single room 1,300 THB & big room 1,750 THB for course duration). Please choose your preferred accommodation in the registration form.
  • Common Space for sessions: Indoor sessions will be held in our naturally built sala or our mini sala out of bamboo. Practical sessions will be happening on the land.
  • Toilets and showers: We provide compost toilets and showers for men and women.

General:

  • Luckily we’re having our beautiful GAIA CAFE on our land. Here you can get your daily dose of coffee and tea, and have a look at our GAIA ESSENCE natural products
  • Internet: We provide Wi-Fi in our cafe and you usually get good reception with AIS.
  • Food: Healthy local vegetarian food will be served by local cooks. Participants will team up to cook breakfast in turns.

WHERE TO FIND our learning center

We are located in the Northeast of Thailand, in between Nong Khai and Udon Thani. Where exactly we are and how you can get to us can be found here.