Hidden in the Thailand fields far away is a community farm, home to peaceful self-reliant leaders, as well as divine food and sustainable harvests. The journey to Pun Pun community farm was a transformation in landscapes, from the chaos and the noise of busy towns, to the serene hum of birds and insects living in harmony with nature. Our visit to Pun Pun was bittersweet, we spent the few days living simply and learning the natural ways to live happy without and money. Leaving this beautiful and solid community was especially difficult.
Along with the awareness of our earth's rich resources and how to nurture the land without disturbing it's health, the sense of love and connection the Pun Pun family welcomed us into was tender and refreshing. The families living in this natural community were extremely friendly. They very mindful of their impact and how to minimize it, and completely accepted our group to learn about their practices. The children growing up and being home schooled on this farm were very insightful and happy individuals. We spoke to many revolutionary leaders apart of the community, and they shared their wisdom about performing work that allows us time for happiness and stress-free living, as well as methods such as yoga and meditation to find peace within ourselves.
From permaculture to seed saving, we glimpsed a life style of self-reliance, and the easy ways to protect our planet without sacrificing our comfortability. We spent every morning learning more about the practices humans have used for thousands of years, but have lost over decades due to our lack of education about agriculture, and our reliance to money. We utilized our hands, heads, and our hearts to commit to the Pun Pun culture, and I believe many of us leave this thriving community with a renewed sense of hope for the future.
Learning simple methods of cooking, making soap, sewing journals, building adobe mud houses, and using natural elements for medicine, our group gained knowledge of how to begin our lives back in the States in a simply and sustainable way. Pun Pun illustrates a thriving community that can continue to be successful and joyful for years to come, and creates an example for the rest of world also beginning trying to evolve into more simply and mindful living. Pun Pun has shown us that health, community, and sustainability are the essentials for a harmonious life.
Our next week begins our trek, I cannot imagine the revelations our group will experience in our adventures awaiting us. Thank you to all the supportive and strong family members at home helping us have this eye-opening experience, we will continue to grow and expand our minds during these next few months. Sabai