Awakening Leadership Training Program

Towards A New Paradigm of Holistic Sustainability

(3rd September 2017– 25th January  2018)


Modules Topic Date Fees

Interpersonal dynamics: Power sharing and compassion (EDE social dimension)

Registration, Introduction & Orientation –  3 September 2017
Module 1 Building a Community of Good Friends  4-8 Sept 450$
Module 2 Conflict Transformation 11-15 Sept 450$
Module 3  Compassionate Communication 18-22 Sept 450$

Self-discovery, healing and cultural integrity (Worldview Dimension EDE)

Module 4 Paradigm Shift & Emerging Cultural Values 24-29 Sept 425$
Module 5 Mindfulness, Inner Growth and Leadership 1-7 Oct 575$
Module 6 Vision quest 10-16 Oct 575$
Module 7  Art and Self Discovery 19-21 Oct 350$
Module 8 The Path of Inner Transformation  23-29 Oct 575$

Special Event

Living Ecovillage – Mae Tha Community 1-3 Nov 300$

Ecology & Design (Ecological dimension plus Design in EDE)

Module 9 Foundations of Ecology 5-9 Nov 425$
Module 10 Ecological Technologies 11-13 Nov 350$
Module 11 Deep Ecology 15-17 Nov 375$
Module 12 Ecological Design 20-24 Nov 450$

Eco-political Economy ( Economics Dimension of EDE)

Module 13 Deep Democracy 27 Nov–2 Dec 600$
Module 14 Eco-political Economy 5-11 Dec 575$

Skillful Means for Social Transformation

Module 15 Community Organising 14-20 Dec 625$
Module 16 Slow is Beautiful: Ecology Wisdom from Asia Traditions 24-28 Dec 575$
Module 17 Exposure visit to Traditional &  Intentional Eco-Communities 30 Dec-6 Jan 2018 650$
Module18  Practical Leadership – Mindful Facilitation for Empowerment (ToT) 9-25 Jan 2018 1,200$




Interpersonal dynamics: Power sharing and Compassion (EDE social dimension)

3 Sept – Registration & Orientation


Module 1 – Building a Community of Good Friends

4-8 Sept 2017 (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 and 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.




Module 2 –  Conflict Transformation

11-15 Sept 2017 (5 days)  at Wongsanit Ashram (Nuttarote Wangwinyoo 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 3 –  Compassionate Communication

18-22 Sept (5 days)  at Wongsanit Ashram (Pairin Chotisakunrat)

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.



Self-discovery, healing and cultural integrity and change (Worldview Dimension EDE)


Module 4 – Paradigm Shift & Emerging Cultural Values

24-29 Sept (6 days) at Tranquility Garden ( Sulak Sivaraksa, Pracha Hutanuwatra & Natha Dannonthadham )

Participants will be led in an intensive intellectual enquiry 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 5 – Mindfulness, Inner-growth and Leadership 

1-7 Oct (7 days) at Wongsanit Ashram (Pracha Hutanuwatra)

Mindfulness is an indispensible tool for any inner growth approach without which any lofty ideal will not be sustainable. This 7-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 6 – Vision Quest – Learning from Nature for Life Empowerment and Wisdom 

10-16 Oct (7 days) at a National Park near Bangkok (Nuttarote Wangwinyoo)

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 7 – Art and Self Discovery

19-21 Oct (3 days) at Wongsanit Ashram (Tu Perkins)

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-judgemental 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 wellbeing 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.




Module 8 –  Path of Inner Healing Transformation 

23-29 Oct (7 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 7-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.



Special Event 1- 3 November – Mae Tha 

Living Ecovillage – Mae Tha Community

We will be having an in-depth learning exchange with the community of Mae Tha, in Northern Thailand, near Chiang Mai. They are an example of a sustainable community that have come together over 3 generations to protect their native forest, manage their local resources, and maintain their traditional agricultural practices which are intimately connected to their surrounding environment.

Ecology & Design modules (Ecological dimension plus Design in EDE)


Module 9 – Foundations of Ecology 

5-9 Nov (5 days) Chiang Mae (Dr. Mandy L. Haddle)

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 10 – Ecological Technologies

11-13 Nov 2017 (3 days) in Chiangmai (Jon Jandai)

In the last 50 years appropriate and ecological technology has become a vital field of research and development all around the world.  From housing to transportation to sewage treatment to power sources to agriculture – in short we are redesigning every aspect of life by redesigning technology.  Yet modern media and education are dominated by big corporations with vested interests, and this influences our thinking that there is no alternative to mainstream technologies that are mostly harmful to the environment.  These three days we will explore workable alternatives from around the world.   There are many layers and levels of new possibilities that don’t rely on carbon fuelled technology, and can sustain our future on planet earth.


Module 11 – Deep Ecology

15-17 Nov (3 days) in  Chiang Mai (Sunisa Jamwiset and Tom Deiters)

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 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 that aims to:

·         Provide people with opportunities to confront feelings of overwhelm and powerlessness related 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 12 – Ecological Design

20-24 Nov (5 days) at a traditional village in  Chiangmai (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 relationship 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 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.



Eco-political Economy ( Economics Dimension of EDE)


Module 13 – Deep Democracy

27 Nov – 2 Dec  (7 days) Bangkok (Max & 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 14 – Eco-political Economy

5-11 Dec at Tranquillity Garden (Pracha Hutanuwatra, Ja Tum Seng & more)

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 7 days we will also wrestle with big concepts such as neoliberalism, globalization, corporate-capitalism, failings of socialism, 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.

Skillful Means for Social Transformation


Module 15 – Community Organizing

14-20 Dec (7 days) in Bangkok (Sarinporn Poommanee & team)

Most social change initiatives without people’s serious 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 and religious leaders, as the outcome is more likely to be successful.  Participants will visit some success stories of communities that have gone through this process and learn about how they move 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.


Module 16 – Slow is Beautiful: Ecology Wisdom from Asia Traditions

24-28 Dec (5 days)  in Wongsanit Ashram (Prof. Oiwa Keibo & team)

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 our selves 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 17 – Exposure visit to sucessful sustainable Communities and practice

30 Dec-6 Jan  (8 days) Phang Nga, Krabi and Phuket

Participants will visit inspirational examples of good practice for sustainable living including initiatives on local banking, reclaiming land rights in the face of large corporations, reforestation of mangroves, creation of a cooperative community on abandoned land, a protest movement against a coal power plant, a successful eco-social enterprise and sustainable community reconstruction after natural disaster. We will travel along the beautiful coast of Southern Thailand. This trip will inspire us as we bear witness to how alternatives are possible and workable at many levels although not without a lot of hard work and struggle.


Module 18 – Practical Leadership – Mindful Facilitation for Empowerment (Training of Trainers)

9-25 Jan (15 days with two days break in the middle) Bor Nok Beach (Pracha Hutanuwatra, Jane Rasbash & team)

Every aspect of human interaction needs facilitation, mindful participatory facilitation is invaluable and rare, as it is empowering not 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.  This module will include learning how to facilitate deep ecology workshops: 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 its healing our planet developed by Joanna Macy.  This module is the well-known ToT for those familiar with our Grassroots Leadership Training (GLT) and Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) courses particularly in Southeast & East Asia. We will be joined by May East from Gaia Education who will bring in Sustainable Development Goals aspect for serious consideration.  This module is also a certified Gaia Education course as part of a pathway to become a certified Gaia Education Trainer.