Venue: N Thailand

(Dr. Mandy Heddle)

Module Description:

Increasingly, around the world, people are disconnected from nature. Spiritually, many of us believe that this is harmful to our wellbeing, but what does science say about our connection to nature?

In this workshop we will explore the science of our connections to other organisms, of our own bodies as ecosystems, and how matter cycles through us, through the non living and the living world:

  • Food webs: Building a compost pile and exploring the ecological dynamics soil and decomposition l Nature exploration: Ecological relationships and community dynamics in a mountain forest
  • Healthy guts, healthy forests: Introduction to microbial biology and our own microbial ecosystems
  • Breathing: Carbon, nitrogen and our atmospheric systems

 Learning Goal

To understand the abundance and diversity of natural environment

Learning Outcomes

         Participants will:

  1. appreciate of the nature and diversity of ecosystems
  2. be able to monitor biodiversity and ecological variables
  3. be able to conduct basic ecological studies and surveys


Dr. Mandy Heddle has been sharing her passion for biology and ecology through teaching, as a way to protect the world’s biodiversity and engage young people in environmental issues. She was coordinating the environmental science faculty at an international school in Bangkok before joining  Pun Pun sustainable living community in N Thailand, where she practically applies her knowledge in the regenerative activities of the community.  



Recommended readings and websites:

Frazer, Jennifer. 2014. Natural History is Dying, and We Are All the Losers.