“If I could make one change to the world it would be to introduce education for social intelligence into schooling for children. (…)” A very insightful guest post by our beloved Buddhist nun Ani Könchog Lhamo:
Having recently arrived at the New Life Foundation dragging my western ideals, experiences, and values with me, I can honestly say I was not prepared for the shock of being in an environment of such abundant beauty, tranquillity, and quiet energy. Surprisingly quickly I started to notice small adjustments.
On one of their regular Sunday excursions the community had a local Akha hilltribe person as their guide. The visit covered a fairly strenuous uphill trek, a picturesque waterfall and before the day finished off with a visit to Pha Sert Hot Spa we enjoyed some nice interaction with the Akha village people.
It is the New Life Foundation’s mission to help people cultivate a lifestyle that fosters inner growth and helps find meaning and purpose in life again. In order to promote these ideals the foundation runs various workshops. Martina Webb tells how Biodanza can help promote these ideals.
This Mindful recovery retreat is offered as an opportunity to experience a wholly Buddhist approach to recovery from all forms of addiction. This retreat is open to those new to recovery as well as those who have been in recovery for a longer time.
The New Life Foundation recently purchased a set of bicycles for residents, volunteers and staff to use. The bikes will help us save energy by replacing short motorcycle rides and will give the community a new opportunity to exercise.
New Life was recently honored by a visit from agriculture guru Jon Jandai. Jon is one of Thailand’s leading proponents of the Seed Saving movement, the Natural Building movement, and the Organic Gardening movement. During his two and a half hour workshop he gave us some excellent advice.