Training of Trainers

Sunday 11th of February – Friday 23rd of February, 2018

This Training of Trainers is organized by NextGENOA and Gaia Ashram and is designed for anyone who wants to explore and enhance their facilitation skills in the context of eco-community development and this training is especially designed to support the members of the NextGENOA network in building their capacity & skill in leading groups and spreading awareness.

NextGENOA is the Next Generation of the Global Ecovillage Network in Oceania and Asia and is a growing network of young people who are committed to be part of the change to create a more sustainable earth. Some of the NextGENOA participants of this Training of Trainers (TOT) will also support the facilitation of the upcoming Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course in July, 2018 hosted by Gaia Ashram.


Apart from NextGENOA this Training of Trainers is open to anybody who is working with established or emerging community groups, organisations and co-operative initiatives and for anyone interested in convening better meetings, working with groups, hosting events and designing and delivering courses in a more participatory way. Adult and community educators, trainers, hosts and facilitators who want to develop their skills and ways of working to enable them to have impact as we transition to a more values-based and collaborative economy, will benefit from attending this course.

The course will cover a wide range of topics related to facilitation such as trust building, community building, self-awareness, leadership, systematic thinking, experiential learning technique, participatory facilitation, co-creation.

Gaia Ashram

Gaia Ashram aims to be a place where we, humans, live in harmony with nature with awareness, understanding, love and respect to nature. We believe that we are not separate from nature and that all beings have intrinsic value. Through our living at Gaia Ashram and our educational programs we aim to deepen our connection to nature as well as encouraging other to seek for a lifestyle that is in harmony with nature. As participants of the course you will partly join the community life and we ask you to help in the daily chores to keep our community living happy, healthy and fun. This will be explained during the course.



Om Sunisa Jamwiset

is one of the founders of Gaia Ashram & Gaia School Asia. 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 founded by  socially engaged buddhist activist Sulak Sivaraksa . 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. Involved in NextGEN (Next Generation of the Global Ecovillage Network) as the current representative of NextGEN 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, children and teachers. She uses participatory teaching methods and her focus is on deep ecology and nature connection.

And some of the Gaia Ashram Community Members will support & also will share some of their knowledge.



Feb 11 – Feb 23, 2018

We will meet each other on Sunday the 11th of February at 11 am at the 7-eleven opposite Nong Khai Hospital.


Gaia Ashram, Nong Khai, Thailand


Participants should not expect much comfort as we are still an emerging project and a lot of infrastructure is in development. Basic facilities and needs will be provided for.

Gaia Sala
Gaia Sala

Accommodation: Dormitory, second floor of the Gaia Sala. There are some private rooms available for an extra 250 bath per day. Book soon as they get filled fast.

Gaia Dorm
Gaia Dorm

Common Space for sessions: Indoor sessions will be held at the first floor of Gaia Sala, other session will be held underneath big trees and practical session will be happening on the land.

Toilet and Shower: Compost toilets are at the most basic form i.e. buckets and separate shower for men and women.

Internet: Internet Shop is nearby in the next village and is usually available everyday. We will provide a trip to internet on Sunday. It is easy to get a an internet simcard at the airport or at the 7-eleven and we recommend getting Ais-sim.

Food: There will be a local cooking team cooking delicious vegetarian Isaan & Thai food for us. As we are part of the community of Gaia Ashram we will joining preparing breakfast together


175$ for participants age 20-33 years old

300$ for participants older then 33 years old

How to apply and register:

Sent an email to and make a 100 $ non-refundable downpayment through Eventbrite. The rest of payment will be made in Thai bath cash on arrival at Gaia Ashram.Here is the link to Eventbrite:

Once you have signed up we will sent the Training of Trainers information package which will give more practical logistic information for traveling to Gaia Ashram and what to expect from the facilities.

For more information please email us at


 ” May all the work we do be of benefit to all beings and our beautiful planet Earth”