The Eco-village Transition Asia (ETA) is a small initiative by a small group of like-minded people, promoting a transition to redesigned rural and urban environments and coexisting with nature harmoniously with the intention that it will lead to a more conscientious, empowered and spiritually rooted Asian society.
In the face of the ecological, social and spiritual crisis that people are facing today, ETA advocates for eco-social activism.
Asia has come to the world’s attention in many senses. For ETA, the most important aspect of Asia is her potential and actual contributions in its non-anthropocentric paradigm deeply rooted in her diverse cultural and spiritual traditions. Through the establishment of its space and programming, ETA is doing its part to help Asian society advance into the future in a way that is sustainable, ethical and ultimately beneficial for all.
The first cycle of our flagship program – Awakening Leadership Training – started as a collaborative project with Spirit in Education movement (SEM) and International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) in 2016 – a result of decades of work with grassroots leaders in Thailand, and SE Asia in general. ETA is the youngest of the three organisations, starting its work in 2013.
From its beginning ETA has been also closely collaborating with the Wongsanit Ashram ecovillage in central Thailand, with it serving not only as the main campus for the international Awakening Leadership Training but also as ETA’s spiritual and cultural home.