deep ecology & yoga weekend
JUly 6-8, 2018

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deep ecology and yoga weekend


Deep ecology & yoga Weekend

Join us for a weekend full of personal transformation and authentic self-expression.

This Deep Ecology & Yoga course combines the body and mind balancing benefits of yoga practice with the life-enhancing benefits of Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects”.


This 3-day Deep Ecology & Yoga Weekend will take place June 8-10, at Gaia Ashram in Nong Khai, Thailand. Take the time to care for yourself and learn how our actions affect our planet and what we can do to care for Mother Earth. Read more about the magic of deep ecology here.

We will use dynamic group practices to guide our journey through the four stages of the spiral of the “Work That Reconnects”. These four stages help us to experience that we are stronger, deeper, and more creative than we have been brought up to believe.

Price: Price: 4,000THB regular price including food and accommodation. We offer a few scholarships for youth and people with low income. Just drop us a message!



What is deep ecology?

Deep Ecology is a holistic approach that brings together thinking, feeling, spirituality and action. The central idea of deep ecology is experiencing ourselves as part of the living earth and finding our role in protecting the planet. Read more about the Magic of deep ecology here

The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.
— Joanna Macy

What is the Deep Ecology and Yoga Weekend about?

Connecting deeply with our own bodies, with nature and with life moving through us and everything around us, we will embark on an empowering, experience-based learning journey together. 

In yoga practice, we clear our minds to make space for wisdom and a deeper understanding to flow freely and openly. We allow ourselves to experience our fullness and connection to everything around us. Combining these benefits with the deep experience, deep questioning will bring us to a deep commitment to act compassionate and peacefully from your whole personality.

We will work together on creating a space for openness, opening our hearts and minds, building trust and cultivating compassion towards each other. This phase of learning is following the four stages of the spiral of Joanna Macy's "Work That Reconnects": 


  • Gratitude : Feeling nature, raising our eco-sensitivity, spending time in nature, connecting with nature, expressing our love and gratitude to nature from a deep place and deep reflection.
  • Honouring our pain for the world : Acknowledging and honouring our pain for the world, looking inside ourselves into what concerns we have for ourselves, for the world, for the future generations and for all beings, studying and addressing the crisis’s we are facing and its roots.
  • Seeing with new eyes : Looking into the shift that is taking place, transformation, The Great Turning , initiatives each one of us are taking.
  • Going Forth & Action Plan: Flower for the Earth. How can we ground all this knowledge to become active caretakers or deepen our roles as earth stewards and guardians of nature?



Maria Bliklen deep ecology


Maria Bliklen, has a deep passion for nature connection, community building and practices that can bring about inner and outer transformation. She has been living and co-facilitating communal life, activities and workshops in the eco-village Gaia Ashram for the past one and a half years. In her facilitation of Deep Ecology work, she loves to weave together guided meditations, singing, deep connection as well as experiential learning activities.



Karla Franielczyk Yoga


Karla Franielczyk, started her personal transformation through yoga and is now combining her passion for yoga with her love for nature and Mother Earth. Karla is a certified Yoga Alliance yoga teacher who balances a dynamic Vinyasa flow with the mindfulness of breathing and the deep connection with oneself.



What is Gaia Ashram?

Gaia Ashram is a community-based education center on Permaculture, Deep Ecology, Ecovillage Design Education and other sustainable living practices and is located in northeastern Thailand (1,5h from Vientiane), in between Nong Khai and Udon Thani.

Gaia Ashram is like four places in one. First of all, it is a farm – We plant trees and vegetables, make compost, build our houses and facilities out of natural materials like mud and straw and do anything to restore nature. But then, it is also an Ashram in the sense that our physical work on the land is nourished by a spiritual aim: to re-discover and deepen our connection with nature, with all living beings and with our own selves.

Gaia Ashram is still in an establishing stage with basic accommodation. We use dry compost toilets and basic showers. We don’t have internet at Gaia Ashram but there is an internet shop in the next village.

Please bring naturals products such as natural soap & shampoo as the waste water goes directly into the land. At Gaia Ashram we aim to have all natural products for domestic use. We have created the Gaia Shop which is still in its developmental phase. Here we sell some natural products from the land, i.e. mosquito repellent or natural soap.


you can find out More about Gaia Ashram here or read our blog post about living in an intentional community.

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