The imbalance in the natural world informs us that human beings can no longer continue to think and act the way we have done in the past 3 hundreds years since the industrial revolution which has taken human benefits as a central point of reference.
In the present days, nature informs us that if we, as a species, are going to survive meaningfully, we need new ways of thinking and doing things, running our society, organizing our daily life, managing our economy and polity, creating and recreating our cultures.
In today?s world, Asia has become world attention in many senses. For us, the most important aspect of Asia is her potential and actual contributions in non-anthropocentric paradigm deeply rooted in her diverse cultural and spiritual traditions.
Ecovillage Transition Asia is a small initiative by a small group of like-minded people to interpret and reinterpret this ancient paradigm to find the vital meanings and relevance for the present and the future. We believe that good friends from other continents are doing this approach as well.
Being small in many aspects with an open heart, we welcome contributions, feedbacks, comments, participations and support from good friends (kalayanamitra) known and unknown, groups and individuals from around the world who share and/or are interested in what we are thinking and doing.
THE GOAL OF THE ECO VILLAGE
Is to promote a transition to redesigned rural and urban environments, coexisting with nature harmoniously, that will lead to a more conscientious, empowered and spiritually rooted Asian society. In this way, we are doing our part to help Asian society advance into the future in a way that is sustainable, ethical and ultimately beneficial for all. We do this by encouraging the adoption of, and providing consulting and training for, forward thinking policies including renewable energy, green architecture, food security, IT access and sustainable economic practices.
Human beings are part of nature and need to live humbly in harmony with nature. Hundreds of years of human arrogance has led them to attempt to conquer nature have proved to be wrong and disastrous. We urgently need, with great care and respect, to redesign human habitats and ways of life in a more holistic fashion to reconnect with nature and with fellow human beings. The time of extreme competition for maximization of profit has gone.
We imagine a conscientised, empowered and spiritually-rooted Asian society, with its redesigned rural and urban habitats thriving in harmony with nature and in happiness.
To promote and strengthen transition to more ecological and resilient ways based on Asian spiritualtraditions, emerging holistic science and appropriate technology by providing consultancy, training, design, and implementation of Ecovillage settlements in partnership with communities and people in Asia including individuals and organizations, governmental and non-governmental, business and non-profit, rural and urban.
Eco-village Transition Asia is founded on 1 January, 2013 to systematize the ongoing eco-village and cutting-edge educational work started in late 1980s in Southeast and East Asia. It is a brain-and-heart child of two professional energies, relentless eco-social activism and first rate business management. The urgency of ecological social and spiritual crisis that human beings are facing today brings the two together.
The latter needs the former?s clear sense of radical green values and commitment to social justice and grassroots participation approach to change whilst the former needs the latter?s effective and systematic organizational tools. The combinations of these two aspects are inspired to bring about the transition to resilience for the benefit of all beings.
The aforementioned eco-social activism started in Burma in 1996 in the name of Grassroots Leadership Training and branched out to other countries in Southeast Asia since then. This work was based at Wongsanit Ashram operated in the name of Spirit in Education Movement (SEM) under Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation (SNF). Side by side was the Young Bodhisattava Training organized under International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) where more countries in Asia were included. Well-known in these training is the 3 week-course training of trainers using participatory empowerment methods. Though the name eco-village had not been usedduring this time, the contents included eco-village components and much more. Since 2004 Wongsanit Ashram was affiliated with Gaia Education to run 7 week Eco-village Design Education (EDE) following the pioneered 4 week EDE at Findhorn Foundation in 2003. The Wongsanit Ashram EDE include a week on design studio and 2 week training of facilitatorship for empowerment. Since 2011, Pracha Hutanuwatr has been invited to run EDE in China and Chinese participants come to Thailand to learn facilitating skills for empowerment.