Gaia Ashram Holistic Sustainable Living 10th – 24th February 2019
At Gaia Ashram we are practicing holistic sustainable living for over 5 years. Gaia Ashram is a alternative and community based education centre with a strong focus on natural and organic farming, permaculture as well as spirituality, nature connection and deep ecology. During this two weeks we will create open spaces, learning opportunites and you will learn how to live in an international community. Together we will create a supportive learning community build on trust, compassion, support and connection.
Based on this experience Gaia Ashram is offering the first Holistic Sustainable Living course full of experiential learning as well as intellectual study and dialogue on the topics of Holistic Sustainable Living covering four aspects of life; Ecology, Economic, Social and Worldview (Inspired by Gaia Education).
Holistic sustainable living course offers co-creating and open spaces
The holistic sustainable living course ask participants to come in with spirit of exploration, curiosity, co-creation and contribution. We believe the learning will be so much more richer if we open space for the knowledge to flow from all directions.
And we deeply believe that everyone has something to share, to offer or to contribute. It can be knowledge, experience, dreams, passions, stories or open heart and deep listening etc. This course is different than any courses we ever done at Gaia Ashram as we make it very open for participants to contribute to the learning community, to hold and co-create the learning space together.
The themes of the holistic sustainable living course.
These are the theme of the course that we, The Gaia Ashram team, will be gladly share our knowledge with you and love to learn from you.
- Four aspects of holistic sustainable living; Ecology(including Permaculture), Economic, Social and Worldview(including Deep Ecology & Nature Connection)
- Important keys for community living such as practiced in ecovillages(Compassionate communication, group decision making, conflict transformation, reflection & well being circle)
- how to integrate all the different aspects in day to day living
- What we learned in the different stage of creating Gaia Ashram as a center for alternative ways of living, being & farming.
- And off course, so much more learning, beyond what we can expect, if we stay open and welcome whatever experience we will have to teach us.
We invite participants to also share their knowledge and experience or offer workshops around this theme, if they wish to.
Who is this course for?
This two weeks are open for anyone, Thais, tourist, expats, anyone interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle, creating health and well-being for their community, and working towards an abundant, ecologically responsible future.
How the two weeks program will look like?
The holistic sustainable living course ask participants to come in with spirit of exploration, curiosity, co-creation and contribution. We believe the learning will be so much more richer if we open space for the knowledge to flow from all directions. We will use particpative methods to frame all this incoming energy and knowlege to a two week program that gives you holistic overview and insight about sustainable lifestlye and new ways of approaching life.
Tree of knowlege
Before coming together we will ask you to send us some topics and issues related to sustainable living you already gained knowlege and expertiese to make the most of the different perspectives. At the same time we will ask for topics or issues you want to learn about. Based on this insights we will create a tree of knowlege that will evolve during the two weeks and helps us to connect people, interest and knowlege, talent in the best way.
Meditation & Yoga
The day will start with meditation and Yoga that is optional for people to join or to offer instruction. This is a daily practice at Gaia Ashram that is open for guests to join or to offer. A part from sitting and walking meditation and yoga we also open for other kind of practices that are not harmful to oneself and others. Taichi, Qi Gong or dance are all welcome.
Community living is one of the aspect that we will learn, explore and experience here. We will be integrated into the Gaia Ashram community and will all learn and experience what it takes to create a community. Together, among all the participants we will create a community as a basis of our two weeks journey together.
Discussion & Dialogue
In this two weeks, we will have time to discuss and learn from each other what is holistic sustainable living. For this to happen effectively we invite participant to come with spirit of exploration and curiosity. We are in the time where we are looking for new story, alternatives, better ways to live that are meaningful and in tuned with the earth. Open dialogue like this will help us to explore into the known and yet unknown. It will help knowledge to flow from all and to all directions and insights to emerge at anytime and any point . Through this way of learning, we believe and have the experience that it bring about deeper and more meaningful learning. We, the Gaia Ashram team, are not the teachers. We are space holders that hold the space for the sharing and interaction to flow and we invite all participants to feel themselves as space holder as well.
There are open spaces for participants to share their ideas, knowledge, experience. We, the Gaia Ashram team will also offer presentations on our knowledge and experience. However, we encourage participants to also share knowledge of what they are passionate about. We invite participants to contribute to the learning space by sharing their experiences, knowledge, passion, dreams, insights etc, in form of presentation or in other forms. We invite participants to come with spirit of co-creating. We all will co – create this learning space together.
Through out the two weeks, there will be small workshops relates to any aspects of holistic sustainable living( Ecology, Economy, Worldview and Social). Gaia Ashram team will offer various workshops and we also invite participants who wish to lead a workshop, relating to the theme, to take the space.
There will be daily hands on activity to engaged ourself with the land, with nature. This is also an important part of our holistic education philosophy that we don’t only exercise our brain and our heart but also have our muscles and our whole body engages in the story. This not only help us to stay balance and healthy but also help nature and the land to stay balance and healthy. It will be a wonderful gift we can give back to the land that host our learning. We will get a chance to experience Permaculture and nature restoration in practice. It also open for participants who have hands on experience relating to Permaculture to lead hands on
Celebration and Recreation
At Gaia Ashram we daily celebrate life in our traditions. We bless the food, each other and all beings every meal. We sign, we dance, we share stories around the fire etc. It is also open for participants to take initiative in this space.
When is this Holistic sustianble living course taking place?
Holistic Sustainable Living 10th – 24th February 2019
Where is this taking place?
Gaia Ashram, Nong Khai
The Gaia Ashram team! see who we are here….
What are the fees?
The fee include teacher fee, accommodation and three vegetarian meals.
Email us a motivation letter why you want to attend the course, then sign up and pay your registration fee through Eventbrite link. We will send you Registration form to fill in your personal information along with information package for your preparation to participate in the course. Then you are booked!
Please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and pay your registration fee here:
This course requires a minimum of 10 participants. We ask people to book and pay the deposit of 100 Euro before 20th January, 2018. As soon as the minimum number of 10 participants is reached we will confirm that the course will take place. In case there are not enough participants signing up, we will announce the cancellation of the program by 21 January the latest. If Gaia Ashram has to cancel the program, the paid deposit of 100 Euro will be fully refunded.
In case a participant cancels his or her participation in the program, the deposit of 100 Euro can not be refunded.
Facilities: Gaia Ashram provides basic facilities and the basic needs of participants will be met.
Accommodation: Dormitory, shared rooms and single rooms. Mosquito nets, cushions, bedding and blankets are provided.
Common Space for sessions: Indoor session will be held at the first floor of Gaia Sala & the Mini-Sala and practical session will be happening on the land.
Toilet and Shower: compost toilets and showers for men and women.
Internet: Internet Shop in the next village is usually available everyday. We have a few bicycles available. We will provide trip to internet on Sundays.
Food: Healthy local vegetarian food will be served by local cooks. Participants will team up to cook breakfast in turns and on Sundays there is the space for participants to also cook lunch and diner.
Gaia Ashram’s policy on drugs & alcohol
We allow no alcohol or drugs on the Gaia Ashram property. We ask people to smoke at the smoking corner only. This will help to provide healthy environment for learning and living together. We encourage people to take this as an opportunity to have a break from their smoking or drinking.
Any further information you need about this course, please contact us at email@example.com
About Gaia Ashram
Two of our long-term resident are sharing their thoughts and insight at www.flowful.org a platform that guides beyond sustainability read their blogpost about living at Gaia Ashram here. This beautiful article published on Medium is also worth reading, it was written by a resident staying with us for a month in 2018. Enjoy reading!