The months passed, I was finally back in Thailand, thirsty for meaningful experiences. This time the location was different, an ashram situated only two hours from Bangkok surrounded by lush greenery and eco-buildings. There we spent almost a month and during this time we embarked on a profound healing journey. Together we dived inside us to face what we normally hide: our sadness, pain, our sense of incompleteness… I was so glad the course opened space for that, after all, if we don’t acknowledge our shadows how can we shine our light? If we don’t heal our inner wounds, how can we fix the mess around us? The tools for our inner healing? Nature, mindfulness, arts, love and care. Now I could understand the strength and the connection I sensed among the old students when I arrived to attend the TOT nearly 9 months before.
The content of the course continued surprising me. I was delighted to learn about the slow economy, practice Ikebana, Tea Ceremonies and learn Haiku in the same module. Like this we understood empirically how consumerism is tightly related to a sense of self dissatisfaction. What a wonderful way to understand how our mindset of “fast and big” is related to the pace of our economy system which is destroying us and our world. How effective it was to cultivate inner peace and contentment by practicing Zen arts.
The list of incredible experiences is too long to describe here. Travelling around the most beautiful places in the North, Central and South of Thailand we learnt, shared and co-created unforgettable experiences with indigenous people, local communities and skilled facilitators. During this time so much personal and collective growth happened, I felt my heart opening tremendously. The more contact I had with nature, the more self-aware I became. The more I knew myself, the more I could understand the other. The more I could understand the other, the more integrated I felt.
I believe that holistic education alone has the power to help us to reconnect with ourselves, with each other and with nature, unleashing the creativity and healing energy we so badly need to overcome the challenge we have in front of us.