The founders


Co-Founder & Program Director Gaia Ashram.

She lived and worked as a facilitator at Wongsanit Ashram, a socially engaged spiritual community for about 9 years, and later at Panya Permaculture project  in Thailand. She helped create the Next Generation of Global Ecovillage Network of Asia & Oceania (NextGENOA) and is currently mentoring the young leaders of the network. 

She has facilitated courses in many countries 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 founded Gaia Ashram with her partner in 2012. Now she divides her time Teaching, managing Gaia Ashram project and taking care of her kids.

Tom Deiters

Co-Founder & Regenerative Farm Manager of Gaia Ashram in Thailand.

His sensitivity to nature led him to a deep commitment to help nature in its healing process. After traveling and learning about organic farming for many years he is now deeply rooted at Gaia Ashram project with his wife Om Sunisa and  their two kids.

Tom is dividing his time as voluntary project manager of Gaia Ashram and pursuing his passion of working on regenerating the land. He is especially passionate about growing multilayered Food Forests systems, practicing economically viable Agroforestry, Ecosystem Restoration and Rewilding of the land.