The Second Asian Regional Gathering of the Ecoversities Alliance took place at Triem Tay Garden in Hoi An, Vietnam at the start of November 2023.
Over 40 participants, primarily from Asian countries, attended this 4-day gathering in an unConference format. Spaces were intentionally made with an aspiration but without a set agenda. Different sessions included experiencing local culture through music, food, and stories from Vietnam’s history; co-mentoring each other to reveal the wisdom we can each provide; field trips to meet local projects in Da Nang and Hoi An; open market space to share projects and discuss topics as well as plenty of free time to continue conversations together.
I understand that the purpose of Ecoversities is to gather together people and projects that are focused on expanding thinking around learning. Together we are demonstrating we can learn in any environment, we are all teachers, and we are all students.
Everyone I spoke to felt so energized to recognize that they were part of a wider community. In our everyday local lives perhaps we do not come across many people who share our interests. By contrast, the friends we make in Ecoversities are scattered across the region but it is our passions that bring us together. I believe we all need community, both to be supported by and contribute to. It is this sense of wider belonging that Ecoversities brings and with it more possibilities for us to explore for ourselves and our projects.
I feel wonderfully nourished by the time spent with so many amazing people, and inspired by our collective dedication to work on so many different topics but all for the benefit of all life. Ecoversities provide a fertile space and actively seeds connections across our region – I’m excited to water these seeds and watch them grow into friendships and collaborations that help us create the world we wish to live in.
Natalie Limwatana (Na), Thailand
Na is a regenerative designer, mud builder, artist and teacher dedicated to nurturing the human potential to regenerate our world. She spends her time helping individuals, organizations and communities to create life enhancing systems. You can find her consulting, designing, coordinating, facilitating, project managing and getting her hands very dirty. Na is blessed to be able to contribute to local, regional and global projects working across varied sectors including art, ecosystem restoration, regenerative business, women’s empowerment and education initiatives. In GENOA, she volunteers keeping accounts as a bookkeeper.