Gaia Ashram

Project

Learning center Deep Ecology, Ecovillage Design & Permaculture

Best practices

Integral participatory design

Leadership: 
Om Sunisa Jamwiset & Tom Deiters
Conscious participation in project design: 
20%
In this stage of the Gaia Ashram project there are two people who are taking the leadership in consciously designing the project, we have the family supporting us in consulting us and physically supporting us in implementing the land based design of the project. In the next few years we hope to have more experience people such as permaculture designer & organic farm trainers involved in helping us at designing the project.
Traditional and local wisdom: 
30%
Gaia Ashram is based in a rural Thai village and we aim to work with local farmers. We aim to promote local wisdom especially the wisdom held by the elders and help the transference of knowledge & skills from the elders to the youth locally & internationally. In our educational programs we invite the elders to share their wisdom & skills with participants. For example the elders teach about bamboo weaving techniques on how to make baskets, fishing traps etc.
Design methods: 
Ecovillage Design, Permaculture Design & Deep Ecology Design
Innovative methods and appropriate technologies: 
30%
Gaia Ashram is still in its initial stage and it is our intention use & integrate appropriate technology into our system. For example there are plans for extensive rainwater harvesting & solar energy.
Education and empowerment towards sustainable living: 
50%
We have visitors, volunteers, local people & course participants visiting Gaia Ashram and one of the purposes of Gaia Ashram is for these people to feel empowered and inspired to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
Educational courses and experiences: 
Gaia Ashram Internships which is based on Deep Ecology, Ecovillage Design and Permaculture. Deep Ecology Courses where we re-connect with nature based on the buddhist teachings and Joanne Macy's work that re-connects. We are also planning to do courses on promoting the local wisdom & skills. Such as working with bamboo, cooking courses, natural medicine. Gaia Ashram is the base of Gaia School Asia. Gaia School Asia works with children & schools. Gaia School Asia yearly organizes the Nature Youth Camp, a childrens camp where we take the local kids on a journey to connect to nature.

Best social practices

Conflict facilitation and peace-building skills?: 
50%
Gender equality: 
50%
Sense of community and mutual support: 
50%
Diversity: 
50%
Inclusive decision-making processes: 
50%
Alliances within wider society and networks?: 
50%

Best cultural practices

Political activism for environmental and social justice: 
50%
Connecting to a higher purpose in life / spiritual pathway: 
50%
Dance, music, art, celebrations and rituals: 
50%
Local dance, music, art, celebrations and rituals: 
50%
Awareness about impacts of modernisation / minimising negative impacts: 
50%
Common vision: 
50%

Best ecological practices

Ecological sanitation?: 
50%
Sustainable transport: 
50%
Sustainable water management?: 
50%
Natural and traditional healing methods: 
50%
Organical food: 
50%
Ecological and traditional building methods: 
50%
Ecosystemes and biodiversity: 
50%
Renewable energy: 
50%
Organic agriculture/permaculture/ natural farming methods?: 
50%

Best economical practices

Transparent administration and bookkeeping: 
50%
Consciousness of the impacts of consumption patterns: 
50%
Ethical and transparent fair trade: 
50%
Strengthening local economy: 
50%
Economic justice: 
50%
Collective ownership: 
50%