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Posted by geoffroy godeau over 3 years ago
The Gaia Ashram Internship is a one month holistic learning experience that aims to deepen and empower the connection with ourselves, with each other and with nature as well as encouraging the confidence and the skills for sustainable and community living. The design of the program is based on some important principles that we believe encourage deep learning and empowerment. These principles are:
What is it? (Knowledge and understanding in the Mind)
Why are we learning it? (Higher Purpose, Spirit)
How to do it? (Action/practice, Body)
How do we feel about it? (Feeling, Heart)
During the first two weeks of the Gaia Ashram internship we will look deeply inside ourselves at our mind, physical body, heart and spirit. We will balance this subtle heart & spirit dimensions with the more solid dimension of natural building. We believe the combination of the two will help empower us spiritually and practically.
We will gain theoretical knowledge and gain practical skills on natural building which include:
Interns can stay at Gaia Ashram or go on a trip
These second two weeks we will be focusing on Deep Ecology and we will be expanding our awareness and sensitivity outwards from ourselves towards nature. We will raise our sensitivity towards nature and deepen our connection with nature. We will learn about Organic Gardening and will gain a lot of practical experience in the garden. Nature will be our teacher and we believe that the combination of Organic Gardening and Deep Ecology will deepen our understanding of both.
Gaia Ashram aims to produce abundant, healthy, rich in diversity organic food all year around through Organic Gardening. The Gaia Ashram Organic Vegetable Garden is essential to our life here and in the future will provide most of the Gaia Ashram Communities food needs.
We will explore techniques and practical skills of organic gardening while maintaining and deepening our connection with nature. We will experience using ecological sensitivity, intuition, inspiration, imagination as well as scientific information and permaculture design principles to create the Gaia Ashram Garden together.
During the Organic Garden sessions Gaia Ashram Interns will be discovering about:
Founder 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.
Ben is a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher with a background in organic and biodynamic gardening / agriculture, natural building, horticulture and landscape architecture. Ben has been actively practicing and teaching Permaculture for the last 6 years in England, Thailand and India. Currently he is managing the gardens at the Panya Project, a well known certified Permaculture Education center and international community in Thailand. He loves community living, natural building and is most often to be found with his hands in the earth working in the plant realm. Ben is passionate about applying Permaculture design to every element of life and believes in being the change we wish to see in the world.
Tom is the Co-founder of Gaia Ashram & Gaia School Asia. He is a Deep Ecologist and has a deep sensitivity to nature and spent a lot of time in nature since an early age. This sensitivity let for him to have 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.
In gardening Tom uses ecological principles and intuition. The other part of the solution in his view is education and sensitizing youth to the importance of taking care of nature, as they are the future caretakers of our planet earth. Tom through Gaia School Asia and NextGEN Oceania & Asia has helped facilitate groups of children and youth in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand about local environmental problems and the need to come up with practical solutions.
I am originally from Belgium where I graduated in landscape architecture in 2006. I discovered permaculture in Nicaragua, while traveling the world. I have been living on and off at the Panya Project (permaculture farm in northern Thailand) since 2007, learning and teaching mainly about natural building. I have been working and teaching on natural building projects in Belgium as well as France and USA, and investigating and practicing permaculture techniques in landscaping projects. I started teaching permaculture design as well since December 2010, i have taking part in teaching Pdc’s almost 10 times so far in thailand, Malaysia, USA, Romania and Belgium. I am a part of the project ‘des hommes et des pommes’, in france. We have started a 1.3hectare kazak apple heritage food forest. Today i am also investing myself in a community owned ecovillage project, L’amicelium in france near Poitiers. I am also part of the consulting team “Surplus Permaculture Design”, http://www.surpluspermaculture.org/ with which we are are partnering for this internship. Today, I am very excited about food forest learning experiences coming up, doing research and working toward to obtaining my diploma in applied permaculture design through hands on teaching and consulting activities.
Facilities: Interns should not expect much comfort. Basic facilities and needs will be provided for.
Accommodation: Dormitory, second floor of the Gaia Sala. Tents will be provided for those who prefer to stay in tents.
Common Space for sessions: Indoor session 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 and roofless 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 Sundays.
Food: There will be a local cooking team cooking delicious vegetarian Isaan & Thai food for us. There will be opportunity for those who want to learn how to make these dishes to do so.
Price included food (vegetarian meals), accommodation and the teaching fee.
For the internship we maintain a sliding scale according to income or to each persons financial situation:
Minimum: 550 euro
Middle income: 650 euro
Higher income: 750 euro or more
It is possible to just join two weeks, the minimum for joining the two weeks is 300 euro.
Most of the profit of the course will go to develop the Gaia School Asia project and the Gaia Ashram project. The Gaia Ashram will be the operational base for Gaia School Asia and will function as a learning center for children and youth in Asia. We understand that all participants will have a different financial situation and through this sliding scale we hope to give the opportunity to all to be able to join the internship.
If participants are staying during the break we ask them to contribute to the food during the break.
We ask participants to pay 100 Euro downpayment through Eventbrite. This will secure your sport and the rest of the money can be paid during the internship in Thai bath cash.
Here is the Eventbrite link:
Interested in the course or want to have more information, contact us:
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