Who we are

“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.”

Gaia Residents

Gaia Ashram Team

About the Gaia Ashram Team:

Om2Sunisa Jamwiset or Om lived and worked at Wongsanit Ashram in Thailand for 8 years. Wongsanit Ashram is a intentional community for simple living and for engaging in social action and spiritual practice. Here she was trained as and started working as a facilitator. After that she spent one year living and working at the Panya project which is a permaculture based community in Thailand. Here she got the chance to interact with nature more deeply in everyday living.

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.


P1270251 Tom Deiters has a sensitivity to nature and spent a lot of time in nature. This sensitivity let to a deep commitment to help nature in its healing process. In his role as documentary maker he has used the medium of film as a teaching tool to raise awareness about environmental problems that we are facing in our world and the harm we are doing to nature and to make his films he collaborated with local NGOs and activists.  Tom first got into contact with the Global Ecovillage Network when he did a course on Ecovillage Design at Findhorn in 2007. Tom spent the last several years working with nature by working on organic and permaculture farms throughout Europe. After that he started together with Sunisa Jamwiset in Thailand developing the project of Gaia Ashram and since then he has been working hard on regenerating the land of Gaia Ashram using ecological principles and his sensitivity to nature.
Maria Bliklen first came to Gaia Ashram in January 2017. She has a deep passion for nature connection, personal growth and everything that can help us humans to live together with peace, joy and in harmony with all beings. When she fell in love with the place and decided to stay, she started walking her path towards becoming a facilitator of Deep Ecology Work and Ecovillage Design Education and a spaceholder of the community. She loves to sing and connect deeply with herself and others and likes to explore songs, deep sharing and listening activities and guided meditations as ways to build community.
While being excited about studying the Gaia Education online course Design for Sustainability and totally able to forget everything around with her nose in a book, she enjoys to spend her time with both feet and hands touching the Earth. Her strong belief in permaculture, organic gardening and natural building as integral apects of re-inventing our human role in the web of life is her motivation to continuously deepen her knowledge and experience in all these aspects of the Gaia Ashram life and work.

 Lars.jpgLars 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.


Maethawee Promsuwan or Mae (pronounce May), graduated with a Master’s degree in tourism management, from Assumption University, with a major in Ecological & Sustainability development with the concern for preservation of natural systems that have social and economic challenges. Before coming to Gaia Ashram, May was working for a non- profit organization called LAW (Lanta Animal Welfare http://www.lantaanimalwelfare.com/) in Thailand as a community outreach person and responsible for taking care of wild and abandoned animals for more than a year. Now May is a valuable part of Gaia Ashram’s growing team and she is the main person responsible for pioneering Natural Products at Gaia Ashram, Logistic Coordination and communication with the Local Community.
Mae is interested in mindfulness practice and Buddhism, learning how to live everyday life in complete awareness and in the present moment. To abandon the wrong view and develop the right view and abandon the wrong actions and follow the right actions.  I believe that focusing on improving myself to do the right thing will become an inspiration and a role model to other people. Be the little change and the world will be change.


May all beings be happy

May all beings be safe

May all beings be peaceful

May all being be healthy

May all beings take care of themselves happily

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