14 Days
16 +, 18 +
16th to 30th November 2019

The journey begins

Theme Natural Building
Style Hosted
Intent Giving Back
Experience a natural building internship at Gaia Ashram, Thailand.

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Gaia Ashram Natural Building Internship

Learn to build your own Eco Home step by step!

This two weeks Natural Building Internship will be held from the 16th – 30th November at Gaia Ashram in Thailand. This internship is ideal for those that are interested in building their own earthen home, for those interested in learning a variety of natural building techniques & for those that are looking to live a sustainable lifestyle. Throughout the two weeks we will have theoretical sessions and practical hands-on experience in natural building. We hope that participants go away from this course understanding the basics of natural building and will feel empowered to try and learn more.


What is Natural Building

Natural building is all about reconnecting with our ancestral roots and our natural environment. Building beautiful, durable, healthy and spiritually uplifting buildings as well as building nurturing relationships with people and the planet along the way.


What is this Natural Building Internship is about?

This internship aims to provide comprehensive knowledge, practical skills and experience for building a house using natural material locally found in the area. You will be involved in lots of hands on work on the Gaia Ashram project during this two weeks program. Our aim is that participants will leave motivated, empowered & with plenty of practical experience. The mainframe content includes;

  • House design and designing for energy efficiency
  • Using natural and ecological building materials which include natural material locally found in the area, reused and recycled materials
  • How to build a house step by step
  • Additional knowledge to Natural building You will be learning about dry composting toilets for the hands on project to build a dry composting toilet


Practical work during the internship

Apart from having the knowledge about the different techniques of Green Building or Natural Building, this internship includes lots of practical learning or learning by doing. The combination of material and experiential learning will help interns to walk away being empowered with a lot of knowledge and practical skills.


What will we be building?

Interns will be building dry composting toilets. This building is designed for two permanent residents of Gaia Ashram. We will use earth as the main building materials, incorporating recycled wood, straw, rice husk, saw dust, glass bottles etc. By working on this building project, interns will gain a hands – on learning experience in:

  • Making Adobe bricks
  • Building walls with Adobe brick
  • Installing a water and energy system in the house
  • Installing doors & windows
  • Plastering, making and applying natural paints from local materials


Is this package for me?

Travel Style Hands-on 14-Day live-in Natural Building Internship is perfect for couples, friends or the solo adventurer.
Service Level Hosted by your teacher Gaia Ashram and a special guest teacher, Ben Murray.
Physical Rating Hands-on physical work that requires a reasonable level of fitness.
Trip Type Small group learning (maximum 10 people)


  • Three vegetarian/vegan meals
  • Teacher’s fee
  • Accommodation

Facilities: Gaia Ashram provides basic facilities and the basic needs of participants will be met.

  • Accommodation: Dormitory, shared rooms and single rooms. Mosquito nets, cushions, bedding and blankets are provided.
  • Private room and shared room are available with extra payment, please contact us in advance for booking as there are limit amount of rooms available.
  • Common Space for sessions: Indoor session will be held at the first floor of Gaia Sala & the Mini-Sala and practical session will be happening on the land.
  • Toilet and Shower: compost toilets and showers for men and women.
  • Internet: Internet Shop in the next village is usually available everyday. We have a few bicycles available. We will provide trip to internet on Sundays.
  • Food: Healthy local vegetarian food will be served by local cooks. Participants will team up to cook breakfast in turns and on Sundays there is the space for participants to also cook lunch and diner.

Gaia Ashram’s policy on drugs & alcohol

We allow no alcohol or drugs on the Gaia Ashram property. We ask people to smoke at the smoking corner only. This will help to provide healthy environment for learning and living together for one month. We encourage people to take this one month as an opportunity to have a break from their smoking or drinking.

Price Euro Thai Baht
Fully inclusive 15 Days and 14 Nights £430 ฿15,000


Address Gaia Ashram, 149 Ban That, Phen District, Udon Thani, Thailand 41150
Telephone Number 080 579 1006
Email Address


From Bangkok Hualamphong trainstation to Nong Khai:

Train # Type Bangkok Nong Khai Timetable
Departure Arrive
77 Express 18:35 5:05  Train No.77 check
69 Express 20:00 7:45  Train No.69 check
133 Rapid 20:45 9:35 Train No.133 check

Please make sure you check at the train station for the times & fares as changes might be applicable. For more info & fares go to the Thai railways website:


To book a ticket online you can go to


Using this website there might be some booking costs attached. There is also the official thai railways website where you could book tickets.:


To find out more about train travel in Thailand go to:



  • From Bangkok
    • Overnight “VIP” bus services leave from Bangkok Mochit bus station in the evening and take about ten hours to get here.
    • Buy your ticket somewhat in advance from the bus ticket counter at the bus station. We travel with Budsarakam bus company to ‘Nam Suai’.
  • From Chiang Mai
    • There is a direct overnight bus service from Chiang Mai to Nong Khai, please check at the Arcade bus station for all information this is a new service if it is not running then you could take an overnight bus from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani (about 600 bath for a ticket).
      • If you are coming by bus to Nong Khai you can ask the driver to drop you at ‘Nam Suai’.

To book a ticket online you can go to the following website:


There might be some booking costs attached to this website


There are many flights a day from Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang Bangkok, Chiang Mai to Udon Thani.  At present Thai, Air Asia, and Nok Air are extremely cheap. Tickets for all carriers can be booked online, while prices are variable depending on when you book. From Udon Thani airport you can take a minivan to Nongkhai and you ask the driver to drop you at ‘Nam Suai’ (make sure they understand which place you mean!). Please read the above to make sure. Be aware that traveling by airplane will increase you CO2 emissions.

If you need any more information feel free to contact us!


General Program Overview

During these two weeks interns will take part in theoretical sessions to give the knowledge on the topics mention above, and they will work on the building project to get hands-on experience, to practice and integrate the learning.

Apart from that interns will also be integrated into the Gaia Ashram community. In addition to the course content, there will be space and opportunity to share and learn about other aspects of our community.

Additional learnings the Gaia Ashram community offers to interns include:

  • Community living and Ecovillage design ; different aspects of community living and how to build a community or an Ecovillage
  • Spirituality; daily practice on meditation and yoga. There is also space for interns to share their practices with others
  • Deep Ecology; Gaia Ashram built on inspiration of Deep Ecology & Nature connection philosophy which we will be happy to share through introductory session and through the culture we create here based on this philosophy.

How to Apply to this Natural Building Internship?

Email us sharing briefly why you want to attend the course, then sign up and pay the 100 euro registration fee through Eventbrite. After that we will send you Registration form to fill in your personal information along with information package for your preparation to participate in the course. Then you are booked!

Ben Murray 

Ben is an Ecological designer, consultant and teacher with a background in organic and biodynamic gardening / agriculture, natural building, horticulture & landscape architecture. Ben is the founder of Holistic Regeneration, has 20 years experience in the realm of Horticulture and has been consulting, practicing and teaching permaculture, organic gardening and natural building for almost 10 years in England, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Kenya and India and is currently working as an itinerant trainer of transformational and empowering workshops and courses.

Organizer Gaia Ashram

Organizer of Natural Building Internship 16th – 30th November

Gaia Ashram is a education center on Permaculture, Ecovillage Design Education and Deep Ecology. Gaia Ashram is place where we learn to live in harmony with ourselves, with each other and with nature. At the Ashram we consciously learn with each other on how to connect/re-connect to nature. Gaia Ashram is located in the North-East of Thailand.

Gaia Ashram is actively involved in the Global Ecovillage Network of Oceania & Asia (GENOA) and we are working with the network to create positive change in the Oceania & Asia region.

Gaia Ashram is one of the active hubs of NextGEN Oceania & Asia, which is the youth movement of GENOA and Gaia Ashram is also the base of Gaia School Asia where we work with children on nature awareness.