Awakening Leadership Training Program

Towards A New Paradigm of Holistic Sustainability

3 September 2019 – 3 February 2020

Empowering & Deepening Ecovillage Design Education


If you need more energy to be part of the transformative social movement, if you are in a transitional stage in your life, if you want to enhance your leadership capacity, if you want to be more present as a facilitator, if you want to deepen the meaning in your life, if you are confused and not sure of what to do next, this six months learning journey is for you.

It is a pilgrimage to learn deeply about yourself, the present society and our ecological system. It is a journey to build and cultivate good friends, compassion and wisdom, humility and confidence. It is a dance to explore the dynamic balance of Yin and Yang in many aspects of life. It is an inspirational voyage of practical alternatives at various levels.



Invitation – If you are a committed social change worker this 6-month program is for you. It will provide a break from your busy schedule and give you space to deeply reflect upon your life, society, the state of our ecosystem, and return back with energy rejuvenated, perspective broadened, and skills enhanced.

You may be a first rank or second rank leader of a non-profit organization, youth leader, or an individual who aspires for deeper spiritual growth as well as social justice and sustainability, or want to create or join an intentional community or ecovillage, then you will benefit tremendously from this course. You do not need to be a spiritual practitioner to join, as long as you have a willingness to explore and practice core spiritual values of compassion, wisdom, contentment and non-violence.

This course is participative, contemplative, reflective, analytic and creative:

  • Students will participate actively in the learning process and, together with other participants contribute meaningfully to the body of knowledge within a trusted community of learning facilitated by skillful teachers/facilitators.
  • Participants will learn to look at issues from various perspectives and develop critical and systematic thinking skills.
  • Participants will develop mindfulness through daily practice.
  • Mindful practice, participatory learning, critical thinking and enjoyment will be woven together holistically during this journey of learning. There will be time for rest and reflection.

During the course you will learn to know and love yourself, to deepen relationships with others. You will be able to analyze society and act wisely for change, while reconnecting with nature and working for sustainability. Furthermore you will be trained to unlearn and relearn to make your life and contribution relevant, meaningful, and rooted in ancient wisdom while being resilient in the present.

At the end of the course, you are expected to be a dynamic leader for change in the 21st century, ready to be invisible like air and visible like a mountain, heavy like a rock and light like cotton, cool like water and hot like fire. You will be less self-centered, more confident yet humble, more trustful and more careful, committed to working for society while knowing how to take good care of yourself.

The course is designed and will be facilitated by accomplished, experienced facilitators/teachers with decades of experience teaching new paradigm leadership empowerment courses in Southeast Asia, China and UK through SEM-Spirit in Education Movement, ETA-Ecovillage Transition Asia, Gaia Education and Findhorn College.

This program is a collaborative venture of SEM – Spirit in Education Movement, International Network of Engaged Buddhists and ETA – Ecovilllage Transition Asia. Parts of this program are certified through SEM College and Gaia Education.

Supervisors: Sulak Sivaraksa & Lodi Gyari Rinpoche

Programme Directors: Pracha Hutanuwatra & Jane Rasbash

Coordinators:  Jessica Armour & Pawnpimon Santhad-anuwat

Contact Person: Jessica Armour (

Course Fee:

  • Full program (2nd September 2018 – 15th March 2019) – USD $12,080. Participants who register and pay for whole course by 30 June, 2018 will recieve Early Bird 15% discount, for a total of USD$10,270
  • Participants who register and pay for at least 5 modules before application deadline will receive 10% discount.
  • Per module fee costs vary (see schedule).

Certification: Parts of this program are certified through SEM College & Gaia Education  ( You will be eligible to receive a Deepening Ecovillage Design Education (DEDE) certification, and Mindful Facilitation for Empowerment-Training of Trainer (ToT) certification. These certifications can also contribute towards a certified Masters degree (at pilot stage), see website for more details.

Those who pay full price will automatically be supporting those with financial need. Partial bursary is available for participants in need, please contact coordinators at

Our friends at Gaia Ashram (Thailand) will be offering a 4-week certified EDE training (29th July – 26th August, 2018) prior to the ALT. This training gives an overview of the four dimensions of sustainability through the EDE curriculum. It can provide a foundational understanding which will benefit your ALT learning journey, by taking this 4 weeks further into the ALT 6 month program, as a deepening EDE.

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