Invitation to Ecoveresities Alliance Asia (1)

投稿日: カテゴリー: EnglishGENOA

Three Gaia Youth alumni in their 20s presented their experiences at the first Asian meeting of the Ecoversities Alliance, held September 13-16, 2022, near Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. The occasion was the invitation of the As One Suzuka Community to the Ecoversities meeting in Asia, the start of a global educational movement that began in 2015 to “review higher education and create new learning,” where the community’s experience was not only introduced, but also where learning was developed on the basis of the community’s experience. The event was held at Wongsanit, the venue of the meeting.


The Wongsanit Ashram was the venue for the event, with a total of about 35 participants from the Philippines, Singapore, Bhutan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Europe. As they each watched videos showing sincere and concrete practices, they were reminded of how effective ecovillage and community-based learning can be in concrete ways.

We were also impressed by the strong future potential of the Gaia Youth youth as they were warmly welcomed into the Alliance’s circle, spontaneously connecting with and learning from international practitioners.

Some participants from the U.K., India, and Thailand have expressed interest in participating in the Gaia Youth next March, and international exchange among young people has begun anew.


★Re-creating Education – Ecoversities

Ecoversities Alliance is a community of learning practitioners from around the world who are working to reimagine higher education, community, ecology, local economies, and community-based learning spaces that foster a sense of community, ecology, and nostalgic homeland for a regenerative and humane society. Many of these are connected to various grassroots movements, social movements, ecological movements, indigenous communities, and more.


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Preparations 2 for Gaia from Fumimin, Secretariat

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Today we went to preview the Mie spo inn, a sports garden that will be the lodging venue for Gaia Youth starting in March.
Each room is equipped with a bathroom and toilet, just like a hotel, and there’s even a natural hot spring.
It looks quite comfortable.

At Gaia Youth, we do fieldwork mainly in the Suzuka Satoyama, an important ecological zone certified by Suzuka City.
We will be able to talk from the heart based on “dialogue and inquiry.

This is the kind of program.

I think many people have given up or become indifferent to the current society even though they have doubts about it.

Instead of trying to change the current society, there is a trend to create a new society.

The future of our planet is not yet in vain!
A UNESCO-certified SDGs education program
It may sound very difficult, but
But through the program
you will become aware of things that you have taken for granted in the past.

And by listening to nature and feeling the harmony of people
You will awaken to the “naturalness of the global age.
Rather than deepening your knowledge
It’s more about deepening your inner self.

Of course, you can also learn skills from our wonderful instructors.
In addition, you will receive a diploma from Gaia Education.
You can also put it on your resume as a qualification.
I think it’s pretty good for students.

After the tour of the lodgings, we went to the Community Collaboration Division of Suzuka City Hall.
Suzuka City is very supportive of this kind of initiative.
They’ve decided to publicize it in various places.
It’s very reassuring to have the support of the government!

A scene from the explanation of Gaia Youth at the Community Collaboration Division of City Government