The learning environment is an important factor in the learning experience. The learning sites are diverse, and provide a contemplative atmosphere that is so important to digest the learning. Locations themselves offer new and contextual learning, and help participants to embody that learning beyond intellectual understanding. Utilising location and landscape as part of the classroom are powerful ways for participants to interact, learn from, and explore over time their relationships with the environment and communities around them.

“Localising our learning classroom with a sense of place”

The ALT learning journey will take place in different locations to expand the learning beyond the classroom, and make it relevant to the surrounding environment, people and socio-political context.  Our two main learning classrooms will be:

  • Wongsanit Ashram – an eco-training centre and spiritual activist community near Bangkok
  • Nong Tao community – an indigenous Karen community in N Thailand

Plus we will take experiential learning visits to communities in the Northeast and Southern areas of Thailand.

Our training is foremostly based at Wongsanit Ashram, which was founded in 1984 by social activist Sulak Sivaraksa and colleagues. It is a spiritual activist community devoted to developing and promoting an alternative lifestyle that is grounded in engaged spirituality, cultural diversity and environmental sustainability. It is home to educators and social activists who lead programmes in grassroots leadership, in natural construction techniques, and in empowering marginalised communities. It has been the host site for EDE programs since 2007.

You can also check out our youtube video:


Wongsanit Ashram

Wongsanit Ashram

Klong 15 Rangsit-Ongkarak Rd.

P.O.Box 1, Ongkarak, Nakhonnayok, 26120, Thailand