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.
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 is the main learning campus for the ALT programme. It was founded in 1984 by social activist Sulak Sivaraksa and colleagues, as a spiritual activist community devoted to developing and promoting a model of sustainable living that is grounded in engaged spirituality, cultural diversity and environmental integrity.
Pa Tueng Ngam
The village of Pa Tueng Ngam will be the host site for our learning dimension on Ecology and Ecological Design. Surrounded by protected community forest, the village is indigenous Karen, who maintain deep cultural, spiritual and livelihood connections to the natural world. We will be home-staying with families within the village, and learning from the community as practitioners of ecological knowledge, skills and wisdom.
Plus we will take experiential learning visits to communities in the Northeast and Southern areas of Thailand.