Awakening Leadership Training Program

Towards A New Paradigm of Holistic Sustainability

(2nd September 2018– 15th March 2019)

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Modules Title Date Price
Registration & Orientation 2 Sept 2018
Module 1 The Big Picture & Building a Community of Good Friends 3-7 Sept 2018 $450

Emerging Worldview, Self Discovery and Healing

(EDE Worldview Dimension)

Module 2 Slow is Beautiful – Ecological Wisdom from Asian Traditions 10-14 Sept 2018 $575
Module 3 Paradigm Shift and Emerging Cultural Values 17-21 Sept 2018 $435
Module 4 Mindfulness, Inner-growth and Leadership 24-28 Sept 2018 $450
Module 5 Path of Inner Healing and Transformation 1-5 Oct 2018 $450
Module 6 Art and Self Discovery 9-12 Oct 2018 $400

Interpersonal Dynamics: Power Sharing and Compassion

(EDE Social Dimension)

Module 7 Compassionate Communication 15-19 Oct 2018 $450
Module 8 Conflict Transformation 22-26 Oct 2018 $450
Module 9 Deep Democracy 28 Oct-2 Nov 2018 $600
Module 10 Buddhism & Process Work (Seminar) 4-5 Nov 2018 $230

Eco-Political Economy

(Economic Dimension EDE)

Module 11 Eco-Political Economy 8-12 Nov 2018 $390
Module 12 Gender & Social Justice 14-16 Nov 2018 $340
Module 13 Asian Political Thought 19-21 Nov 2018 $230
Module 14 Re-evaluating Liberalism (Seminar) 22-23 Nov 2018 $245
Module 15 Local Solutions: Alternatives in Practice 26 Nov-7 Dec 2018 $700

Ecology and Design

(Ecological Dimension EDE)

Module 16 Deep Ecology 10-14 Dec 2018 $450
Module 17 Foundations of Ecology 17-21 Dec 2018 $450
Module 18 Eco-Crises – Climate Change 24-28 Dec 2018 $450
Module 19 Exploring and Experiencing Practical Hands-on Work 2-4 Jan 2019 $260
Module  20 Vision Quest 5-11 Jan 2019 $500
Module 21 Ecological Design 14-18 Jan 2019 $470

Skillful Means  for Social Transformation

Module 22 Cultural Repair & Redesigning Harmonious Organisation 23-25 Jan 2019 $260
Module 23 Sociocracy 27-29 Jan 2019 $260
Module 24 Community Organising for Empowerment with  Exposure Visit to Practical Examples 31 Jan-12 Feb 2019 $800
Mindful Facilitation for Empowerment :Training of Trainers (ToT)
Module 25 Applied Drama for Facilitation 16-20 Feb 2019 $400
Module 26 How to Facilitate Deep Ecology Workshop 23-25 Feb 2019 $280
Module 27 Mindful Participatory Facilitation + SDGs & Edge work 27 Feb-13 Mar 2019 $1,000
***Costs per module include pre/post accommodation and meals

# See Explanation of modules for details




2nd September 2018 – Registration & Orientation

Module 1-  The Big Picture and Building a Community of Good Friends 

3rd-7th September 2018 (5 days) at Wongsanit Ashram  (Pracha Hutanuwatra & Natha Dannonthadham)

In our program all participants support each other to co-create a body of knowledge together with facilitators. This is a new paradigm of education in practice where cooperation is replacing competition and the holistic ethos of “the whole as more than the sum of the parts” is there from the very beginning. It is also an engaged spiritual learning journey where study, fun, work and spiritual practice are integrated into a single path daily. Good friend is such an important concept in Asian culture which defines a real community. Where there are no good friends there is no community. We explore together how to build a real eco-community.




 Emerging Worldview, Self Discovery and Healing

(EDE worldview dimension)


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Module 2 –  Slow is Beautiful – Ecological Wisdom from Asian Traditions

10th-14th September 2018 (5 days) at Wongsanit Ashram (Keibo Oiwa)

A great shift is imperative in this age of crises caused by our own civilization with its race to get faster, bigger, and more. This workshop is an opportunity to define the nature of change that society and we ourselves must go through.  While unlearning the economic mindset, we will relearn a way of life defined by the three “s” words, Slow, Small, Simple, key concepts in traditional Asian wisdom. The great turning may also be characterized as one “ from global to local” from “excess to enough” from “competition to sharing” and “theft to gift”.  This workshop will be an exploration into a new vision of an “economics of wellbeing” as a pursuit towards a local, communal, ecological, healthy, ethical, peaceful, joyful and loving way of life.


Module 3 –  Paradigm Shift and Emerging Cultural Values

17th-21st September 2018 (5 days) at Wongsanit Ashram (Pracha Hutanuwatra)

Participants will be led in an intensive intellectual inquiry into the contemporary global shift of core societal values in human society that is happening now. We will cover topics such as questioning and reassessing European Enlightenment thinking; introduction to Asian thinking, the resurgence of spiritual traditions; the emerging new sciences in the West; holistic and systems thinking; cultural integrity and changes. Participants will become aware of the massive cultural change that is happening now in the midst of the myriad crises we are facing as a human race.


Module 4 Mindfulness, Inner-growth and Leadership

24th-28th September 2018 (5 days) at Wongsanit Ashram (Pracha Hutanuwatra)

Mindfulness is an indespensible tool for any inner growth approach without which any lofty ideal will not be sustainable. This 5-day practical learning will make this timeless art a living reality in our daily life. We will study, observe, explore and practice the 7 factors for Awakening and the 4 Foundations for Mindfulness. This is not an abstract calculation. Rather it is the practice of not taking anything personally and taking full responsibility for our impact on society and the planet at the same time. Participants will learn to master skillful means of: grounding in the body; embracing our feelings & emotions; dis-identifying with thoughts and memories; loving kindness meditation; meditation on death and dying. These will help us be less self-centred, more unconditionally confident and content.


Module 5 –  Path of Inner Healing and Transformation

1st-5th October 2018 (5 days) at Wongsanit Ashram (Wisit Wangwingyoo)

This module will provide new perspectives on the cooperation between neuroscience and Dhamma with new understanding of Dukkha (suffering) as a traumatic frozen state.   The teaching will allow the possibility of opening up new horizons and pathways toward healing and transformation.   Three helpful components of new discoveries in neuroscience are:  1. Attachment Theory 2. Trauma 3. Understanding of the function of prefrontal lobe in relation to the flow state, which is an optimum learning state, and the foundation of transformation.

This 5-day module is experiential with time to practice as well as shining light on background theories to deepen participants’ understanding.  The focal point of all is the Original Mind or the seat of consciousness that will bring forth light of understanding and compassion. Integrating neuroscience, psychology of selves and cultivating of mindfulness into our biographies will bring about inner transformation into our daily lives.


Module 6 – Art and Self Discovery

9th-12th October 2018 (4 days) at Wongsanit Ashram (Kanchanaporn Meeyai)

This module provides participants with the opportunity to engage in a deeper and more intensive exploration of thoughts and feelings of self in relation to art & music and movement using the therapeutic process. Participants will be invited to engage in a range of art making processes, explore the relationship between voice and body, some fun exercises to get to know our own voices, develop listening skills, connect rhythm and begin improvising and making music together in a safe and playful environment. Insight derived from the workshop aims to heighten participants’ understanding and sensitivity to non-verbal communication. You will be encouraged to express yourself in a non-judgmental space, develop self-care and compassion for yourself and others, cultivate spaciousness, ease and embodiment, and recognise your vision and value. You will also gain new tools and techniques for health and enhancing well being in your daily life. In addition we will discover how to enhance your sense of self and make the most of your personal potential and help you recognise and develop the confidence and your inner strength to share the wisdom that comes from your own life journey.


 Interpersonal Dynamics: Power Sharing & Compassion

(EDE social dimension)


Module 7 – Compassionate Communication

15th-19th October 2018 (5 days) at Wongsanit Ashram

Compassionate Communication is based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg.  It has been described as a language of compassion and a tool for positive social change. NVC gives us the tools to understand what triggers us, to take responsibility for our reactions, and to deepen connection with ourselves and others. Thus it is a toolkit for transforming our habitual responses to life. Ultimately, it involves a radical change in how we think about life and meaning.  Nonviolent Communication is based on a fundamental principle: Underlying all human actions are needs that people are seeking to meet. Understanding and acknowledging these needs can create a shared basis for connection, cooperation, and more harmonious relationships on both a personal and global level.  This workshop is designed to help cultivate your capacity of compassion and understanding for yourselves and others.  You will develop communication skills that enable you to notice other people’s feelings, needs, underlying words and actions as well as your ability to honestly express your feelings and needs peacefully.  This can bring about transformation of troubled relationships into healthy and functional connections.


Module 8 – Conflict Transformation

22nd-26th October  2018 (5 days) at Wongsanit Ashram (Nuttarote Wangwingyoo and Chanchai Chaisukkosol)

Conflict Transformation is based on Process Work, a psychotherapeutic paradigm and practical methodology for uncovering deeper meaning in a broad range of human experience by following experiences in the moment through tracking signals, synchronicity, and somatic experience. Founded by Dr. Arnold Mindell, Process Work has roots in Jungian and Gestalt psychologies, Shamanism, Taoism, sociology, and physics; and application in all aspects of human experience including large group work on issues of conflict and oppression.   This workshop offers the opportunity to raise your awareness and facilitation skills for working with conflicts in interpersonal and large group dynamics with the assumption that the solution to a problem is contained within the disturbance itself.


Module 9 – Deep Democracy

28th October -2nd November 2018 (6 days) in Bangkok (Max and Ellen Schupbach)

Deep Democracy is a natural process that occurs in all community -building processes, but often goes unnoticed or un-used. Just as conventional democracy strives to include all individuals involved in the political process, Deep Democracy goes a step further in the effort towards fostering a deeper level of dialogue and inclusiveness that makes space for all people (with the individual right to vote) as well as all various and competing views, tensions, feelings, and styles of communication – in a way that supports awareness of relative rank, power, and privilege, and the potential of these forces to marginalize other views, individuals, and groups.


Module 10 – Buddhism & Process Work (Seminar)

4th-5th November 2018 (2 days) in Bangkok  (Ellen Schupbach)

Ellen Schupbach completed her PhD thesis on Buddhism and Process work. Many participants in Southeast Asia and beyond are interested in practicing Buddhism , as well as the psychological work of Dr. Arnold Mindell which explores a process-oriented view to work with flow and change in ourselves and our communities. This two day seminar will explore similarities and differences of both approaches for the flourishing of individual and community growth and well-being.


Eco-Political Economy ( EDE Economic Dimension)


Module 11- Eco-Political Economy : Seeing behind the Seen

8th-12th November 2018 (5 days) (Pracha Hutanuwatra and Team)

We live in an extremely complex and interdependent world. Many things happen to us and we don’t know their causes and conditions.  These include financial crises of boom and bust, unemployment, continual debt of farmers, extremist & fundamentalist groups of all sorts, regional and civil wars etc.  It is important for spiritual leaders and social change makers to understand hidden discourses and underlying structural arrangements, as well as looking into the emerging alternatives around the world. During these 5 days we will also wrestle with big concepts such as neoliberalism, globalization, corporate-capitalism, failings of socialisms, gender justice, consumerism, media analysis, money & debt, social justice, sustainability, etc.  Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of structural violence and alternatives on contemporary crises.


Module 12 – Gender & Social Justice

14th-16th November 2018 (3 days) with Ouyporn Khuankaew

Gender inequality remains a crucial challenge in society because this is one of the earliest ways in which people first learn about hierarchy and accept oppression as a way of life. This module will explore the structural issues underlying gender identity and related discrimination, as well as gain an understanding of how transforming personal perspectives are closely related to structural change. This course will also provide an opportunity to consider how to bring gender and feminist concepts into our life experiences and contemporary social issues. While learning key concepts around gender and social justice, practices of mindfulness and compassion will be integrated to build awareness, help participants consider their and others’ behavior, so they are able to authentically advance the change they want in society.


Module 13 – Asian Political Thought

19th-21st November 2018 (3 days) with Ramu Manivannan

There is alot of criticism of negative Western influences in Asia, but do Asians really have their own alternatives? Asia is home not only to great spiritual and religious traditions of the world, but also to  philosophies of politics and political ideas. Yet during the period of colonialism, Western concepts of progress and neo-colonialism have both consciously and deliberately erased the path of political ideas and political traditions in Asia. This workshop on Asian political thought explores the classical and contemporary philosophy of politics and political ideas in Asia as well as their influence at the grassroots to this day. This workshop will also explore alternatives to the present globalised political, economic and cultural model from broad non-Western and specific Asian perspectives.


Module 14 – Re-evaluating Liberalism (Seminar)

22nd-23rd November 2018 (2 days)

Since mid 19th century until now, liberalism has become more and more dominant as a political ideology, and it has been interpreted and re-interpreted many times over the past 200 years. With the present multi-dimensional global crisis, its roots can be traced back to the core values of liberalism, of one kind or another. It is therefore a critical time to re-evaluate liberalism from various perspectives, especially non-western vantage points.


Module 15 –  Local Solutions: Alternatives in Practice

26th November-7th December 2018 (12 days) in Eastern and Northeast Thailand

In the last few decades in many industrialising societies, real examples of sustainable local community initiatives have been nurtured to challenge the globalised mainstreaming of unsustainable development. Some of these are vibrant and flourishing, others are floundering. Academics have been exploring this field, to identify causes and conditions that contribute to the success of best practices, and cause of failures. This module will take participants to visit initiatives of good practice firsthand as well as meeting and discussing with researchers who are acquainted with these cases. The module will give participants both inspiration and critical understanding of practical sustainable community reconstruction.


Ecology & Design (EDE Ecological Dimension)


Module 16 – Deep Ecology

24th-28th December 2018 (5 days) in N Thailand

Deep Ecology, a term first coined by Arne Naess, is an ecological and environmental philosophy promoting interconnection and diversity, and endorsing the inherent worth of all beings regardless of their utility to human beings.  It involves moving beyond the individualism of Western cultures towards seeing human beings as part of a global ecosystem.  The ‘Work that Reconnects’ is a series of experiential practices pioneered by Joanna Macy drawn from systems theory, deep ecology, Buddhism, Indigenous wisdom and other sources, which aims to:

●      Provide people with opportunities to confront feelings of being overwhelmed and powerless relating to the catastrophes the planet is facing

●      Reframe our pain for the world as evidence of our interconnectedness in the web of life

●      Revitalise ourselves to play a part in the creation of a regenerative planet


Module 17 –  Foundations of Ecology

10th-14th December 2018 (5 days) in N Thailand

In this module we will start to understand the cycles of life and how our water and our air are constantly recycled through the soil, animals, plants and other components of the environment. We will make some forays into the forest to learn how to monitor biodiversity and ecological variables like the size of trees and the diversity of invertebrates. You can expect to both learn pedagogy for explaining these concepts in fun and accessible ways, and monitoring techniques that you can take back to your communities for a wide range of ecological projects.


Module 18 –  Eco-crises – Climate Change

17th-21st December 2018 (5 days) in N Thailand

To experience hands-on work is one of the best ways to learn the practical dimension of eco-community reconstruction. Nong Tao is an indigenous ‘Pagagayaw’ (Northern Thai indigenous ethnic group) community in transition within the context of a modernising Thai society. However, with Elders aware of the negative aspects of modernity, the younger generation are coming back to reconstruct their life with more awareness and more courage to choose the direction of their community, based on their own cultural values. A learning centre was created as a starting point, and there is a lot of potential to contribute to the future vision of the community. During this module, participants will join hands with local youth leaders to participate in local economic activities and the regeneration of their community.


Module 20 – Vision Quest – Learning from Nature for Life Empowerment and Wisdom

5th-11th January 2019 (7 days) in community, N Thailand

Vision Quest is an ancient Native American ceremony-based practice to help a person making a meaningful & significant life transition, facilitated by a community and nature.   People seek rites of passage in times of significant life transition or to complete earlier uncompleted life transitions. In many traditions the transition from adolescence to adulthood is an important time for initiation; adolescents need the chance to confirm their fitness and willingness to step towards adulthood;  mid-life, marriage, divorce, loss, or simply a time of confusion and disillusionment are also common calls to a wilderness rite of passage. These practices facilitate ego-transcendence and an opening to spirit. In doing so, they also bring healing and renewed connections with lost or abandoned capacities for guidance, vitality, and joy. Their goals include bringing back to one’s personal power, stability, energy, wisdom, or maturity that is expressed in service to others and to the Earth.


Module 21 – Ecological Design

14th-18th January 2019 (5 days) in N Thailand ( Supawat Boonmahathanakorn)

In this module the concept of ‘design’ has been expanded to be ‘co-created design with nature’, including not only physical aspects of community but also core values about the purpose of life.  Participants will also inquire into forms of human relationships with each other and with nature, and economic practices that will enhance wellbeing of all.  Based on a real traditional village in Northern Thailand, the facilitator, community and participants will co-create a vision of this village as an ecovillage as well as co-designing a process of how to achieve that sustainable vision.


Skillful Means  for Social Transformation

Module 22 – Cultural Repair & Re-designing Harmonious Organisation

23rd-25th January 2019 (3 days) in Bangkok (Deborah Benham and Root Cuthbertson)

Thought leaders of every discipline recognize major problems with modernity. While it has provided some improvements, it has also led to a terrifying increase of physical diseases, mental disorders, and collapsing social systems, particularly in the global North. It is vitally necessary for modern societies to initiate a systematic process of cultural repair, adding back in lost, forgotten, or undervalued traditional cultural elements. This workshop will offer an exploration of the 8 Shields, an elegant and intuitive system for restoring interconnection and healing with ourselves, our communities, and the natural world.  The 8 Shields provide both a map and a compass, allowing us to measure the multidimensional aspects of ‘Re-Villaging,’ pointing toward a more regenerative way of living sustainably on the Earth.

Regardless of our background, we have the power to create the society and culture that we want.  We can choose to consciously create communities based on Unity, Peace, Communication, and Healing. Rather than conflict resolution, we propose designing for conflict prevention.  We can build our courage, reduce our shame, and uplift each other with our forgiveness. In a time of disruptive changes, we can begin to build a strong and lasting harmonious organization to work for positive changes.


Module 23 – Sociocracy

27th-29th January 2019 (3 days) in Bangkok (Deborah Benham and Root Cuthbertson)

Sociocracy is a potential infrastructure for navigating future uncertainty with resilience and courage.  With roots in the Quaker tradition and cybernetic engineering, developed in the late 20th century by Dutch pacifists, educators, and business owners, Sociocracy is a model for both decision-making and governance.  It provides a framework for organisations of any size to evolve as self-reflective, agile and innovating organisms.  Using conscious collaboration and the ‘wisdom of the whole’, sociocracy empowers collective intelligence to achieve shared agreements, values, aims, and objectives, with clearly defined roles and efficient operations.  An inclusive, creative decision-making process, it honours all voices and views objections as gifts. It energises groups by optimizing productivity, security, commitment, effectiveness, equivalence, transparency, and fun.


Module 24 – Community Organising & Exposure Visit

31st January -12th February 2019 (13 days) in S Thailand (Khao Lak, Phuket, Ko Yao Noi)

Most social change initiatives without serious people’s participation do not last. Community organizing for empowerment is a fine art with people participation as a core value.  Although it takes time and the process is complicated, it warrants serious attention from community change leaders as the outcome is more likely to sustain.  Participants will visit some success stories of communities that have gone through this process and learn about how they moved from community organising around single issues, to a social movement for structural change. We will review how they have arrived at the present point, linking the practices and theories behind them and pondering their possibilities for success and failure in the future.

Mindful Facilitation for Empowerment: Training of Trainers (ToT)

Bor Nok Beach (Pracha Hutanuwatra, Jane Rasbash & team)

16th February – 13th March 2019

Mindful Facilitation for Empowerment is a highlight in our ALT Programme., which we have been fine-tuning over the  past 20 years. This year we have decided to integrate a 5-day Applied Drama component as well as expanded sessions on how to organise ‘Work that Reconnects’ into a 3-day workshop, on top of the ongoing 12-day Mindful Participatory Facilitation Learning – including the topics of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Edge Work. All together this will make up to 20-day learning journey. This is to enhance capacity of participants who aspire to be empowering facilitators. For those who have restricted time to complete these series of workshop, you can choose the sub-modules you are most interested in to begin with, and join others in the following years. We plan to keep this structure ongoing in the following order:


Module 25 – Applied Drama

Bor Nok Beach (Heaven Hong & team )

16th-20th February 2019 (5 days)


Applied Drama for Facilitation (5 days): Applied Drama is the use of drama practice in an educational, community or therapeutic context. Participants in an applied drama are generally not skilled as actors, but are brought together by common concerns. It is a collaborative process of investigation, research, trial and error, negotiation and dialogue. You will be trained to be able to use theatre and drama strategies and techniques to facilitate and serve the needs of diverse communities and audience you are working with.


Module 26 – How to Facilitate Deep Ecology – The Work that Reconnects

Bor Nok Beach (Jane Rasbash & team)

23rd-25th February 2019 (3 days)


The Work that Reconnects: This module will include learning how to facilitate deep ecology workshops on The Work that ‘Re’connects, which is a series of practices exploring our inner responses to the suffering of the world and taking part in the healing of our planet, developed by Joanna Macy.


Module 27 – Participatory Facilitation , SDG’s & Edge Work

(12 days with three days break in the middle)

Bor Nok Beach (Pracha Hutanuwatra, Jane Rasbash & team)

27th February -13th March 2019


Every aspect of human interaction needs facilitation, and mindful participatory facilitation is  and invaluable skill, as it is empowering rather than dominating. The aim of this module is for leaders to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes of empowerment vis-a-vis domination. Participants will ride a dynamic balance of mindfulness practice, experimenting with facilitation and leading sessions to go through an holistic educational experience.


Sustainable Development Goals / Edge work: Today’s change makers are acutely aware of the global issues facing humanity. Being grounded in the history and introduction of the UNESCO sanctioned Sustainable Development Goal leads to informed action.  In this module we learn how to initiate powerful discussion from diverse perspectives.Today’s edge workers are familiar with states of high dissatisfaction. They are willing to walk the path from business as usual towards regenerative design. Join us in the exploration of maximizing edges to add viability and vitality to your projects and how to optimize your networks into powerful zones of influence.


14th-15th March 2019 Seminar and Evaluation on Overall ALT Program for long-term students