Our mindful recovery community offers a rich and supportive learning space for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves. Many of us have struggled with hardships and difficulties but have never had the opportunity to heal. At New Life, people from all over the world come together to find new ways to relate to the challenges they face. Here, we come to the realisation that no matter how isolated we may feel, we are never alone.
Sustainable farming is an essential aspect of our healing and mindfulness program. It helps us to fulfil our goal of being an environmentally-friendly, self-sustaining community. On our 63 acres of land in Chiang Rai, we grow our own rice, corn, vegetables and fruit. We are always looking for new ways to use our land while being extremely conscientious of our environment and learning as much about organic and sustainable agriculture as we can.
Annually, we harvest two crops of delicious, nutritious brown rice, as well as bananas, avocados, dragon fruit, pineapples, and mangoes from our orchards. Our vegetable fields provide us with a feast of eggplant, pumpkin, beans, lettuce, okra, beetroot, potatoes, cucumbers, chilies, tomatoes, and much more. This produce is all prepared into healthy Thai and international cuisine for our visitors, residents, and volunteers. We also have a small family of dairy cows which provide fresh milk that we turn into yoghurt and cheese, as well as ducks that provide us with organic, free-range eggs.
We produce the compost we use on our farm ourselves, with a mixture of manure from our ducks cows, as well as food scraps from the kitchen, where we separate our waste into recyclables and compostables. Our rice paddies are naturally irrigated with water from our fish-filled lake.
In addition to providing us with food and a clean and relaxing environment, our work on the farm allows us to mindfully get back into our bodies and reminds us to enjoy the simple pleasures that reconnecting with nature can provide. Furthermore, it provides structure and purpose to the day, offers opportunities for social contact and making friends, and provides us with a way to contribute the community.