Gaia Education ToT Facilitators
May East is a sustainability practitioner, educator and designer. Based at the UN Habitat Best Practice Designation, Findhorn Ecovillage, since 1992, May has been leading a whole generation of sustainability educators delivering capacity building activities in 41 countries in the most different stages of development and in both urban and rural contexts. Awarded one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders three years in a row, she currently serves as Gaia Education Chief Executive and UNITAR Fellow. An accomplished facilitator of international think-tanks, roundtables and training programmes May is an inspirational teacher for many. With a cross-cultural experience in both Global North and South she has specialised in working with intergovernmental agencies, educational institutions and the United Nations in the creation of policy guidelines for sustainable development. She has a diploma in Climate Change Diplomacy and an MSc in Spatial Planning.
Pracha Hutanuwatr was a Thai Buddhist monk for 11 years and is a leading practitioner of engaged Buddhism. Currently, Pracha is a director of Ecovillage Transition Asia while also working as a freelance writer, translator and educational facilitator. Pracha is a true educator, developing and leading transformative courses using engaged Buddhism, participatory learning, critical thinking and eco-leadership. Over the years he has developed his own unique approach drawing on the work of Paulo Freire, the Quakers, engaged spirituality, Taoism and much more. The participatory learning approach allows him to skillfully contextualise the work to local causes and conditions drawing from participants experience and wisdom. He has trained many generations of grassroot leaders in South East Asia through his Grassroots Leadership Training and has influenced the methodological approaches of Gaia Education for over 10 years. Pracha leads Gaia Education programmes in Thailand, Burma, China and Findhorn.
Jane Rasbash works in sustainable development using an empowerment and engaged spirituality approach. She lives in Findhorn Ecovillage and has facilitated Gaia Education EDEs in Findhorn, Sieben Linden, Myanmar and Thailand. Jane has experimented with and taught Deep Ecology and the Work that Reconnects for many years and more recently Transition Town training. She co-founded the Grassroots Leadership Training with Pracha Hutanuwatr that has had an transformative impact on emerging civil society in South East Asia particularly in Myanmar. Jane is a life coach who mentors leaders in the South often working in incredibly challenging situations. She supports all stages of project development cycle as strategic and technical consultant for community, sustainable education and rights based projects in Burma, Thailand, Bangladesh and some African countries. She is passionate about traditional village as ecovillage and supports Gaia Education and GEN to take this forward. She is a Board Member of Gaia Education.