“With love, respect and gratitude for nature in our hearts, with joy and care, with the concerns we have for the consequences of our lifestyles to nature and all beings, with the willingness to share and bring awareness to friends, families and others and to deepen the love, respect and connection to nature among the children and youth, we founded Gaia School Asia and dedicate our work to nature, all beings and the future generations of the planet.”
About the Gaia Ashram Team:
She is involved in NextGEN (Next Generation of the Global Ecovillage Network) and is representing NextGen Thailand. She is the current Thai representative of the Global Ecovillage Network of Oceania and Asia. She teaches and facilitates courses such as Ecovillage Design Education (part of Gaia Education), Socially Engaged Buddhism/Spirituality and Training of Trainers. She has facilitated courses for NGO workers, young Buddhists activists, international students and children. She uses participatory teaching methods and her focus is on deep ecology and nature connection. She also is a dancer and likes to bring in dance, music and play in her teaching sessions.
Lars Blume is an energy nerd and works as a renewable energy expert in Southeast Asia. One of his ways to achieve social just energy transition is to introduce appropriate technologies within rural areas; which increases the living conditions and boosts local value creation. Lars believes that sharing positive examples, ideas and inspiration will transform our lives beyond sustainability. The small steps of each and every one will accumulate to a bigger and urgent needed transition. To contribute to this shift he co-founded flowful.org a platform supporting people on their personal transition beyond sustainability. Flowful is connecting the dots, spreading stories and sharing about change makers, pioneers and knowledge around food, being and lifestyle.
In 2012 he decided to change his life and went on a personal journey to experience a low-impact lifestyle and switched to plant-based diet. He gained first experiences on natural farming in Australia and practiced permaculture for the very first time in New Zealand before doing his Permaculture Design Course at the Panya Project in Chiang Mai, Thailand. When settling down in Southeast Asia in 2013, he got obsessed with plastic-free living. His main driver is taking care for people, society and nature every day a little more by being as self-reliant as possible and following a low-impact and low-waste lifestyle.
Karla Franielczyk is in love with nature, yoga and the principles of permaculture. After a short attendance in corporate life and the art scene itself she figured out that this isn’t something she feels comfy with. During her studies of Arts and Culture she started working as an art educator- and fell in love with the open minds of kids. Karla believes that those pure minds can change a lot in the world: this is why she wants to bring permaculture and the art of mindfulness living into the tiny heads of the world’s future.
Always attracted by nature, she deepened her connection with Mother Earth, became a vegan and did her Permaculture Design Course at the Panya Project, Thailand. She now is a yogi, gardener and natural builder who is passionate about natural products, building and fermentation. Having experienced the power of community, she believes that community living (in whatever way and with all its challenges) is key for a happy life and a sustainable future.
May all beings be happy
May all beings be safe
May all beings be peaceful
May all beings take care of themselves happily
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