Whispering Earth Sustainability Centre is a rural training centre for natural building (mud and bamboo), Permaculture (sustainable design), organic farming, appropriate technology as well as a training centre for holistic education. Based 10 km south of Kalaw, the training centre hosts trainings for local villagers, people from around Myanmar and the rest of world in sustainable options for living and building through capacity building, practical life skills and living and learning together.
With the opening of Myanmar, globalization and consumerism have made their way into the country. Traditional ways are quickly disappearing as a new culture of convenience is being presented. Along with this new consumer culture, 60 years of military dictatorship and an oppressive educational system have kept Myanmar closed to the rest of the world. Young people lack critical thinking skills and are losing their roots. The centre will be a place for them to experience a new way of living.
Working together, hand in hand with local communities the centre aims to support and maintain traditional practices of living in harmony with nature while incorporating and introducing new ideas, principles and technologies aimed towards a more sustainable future. The centre will be a demonstration site to model ways of living which are rooted in environmental stewardship, sustainability and traditional wisdom with an emphasis on self-awareness.
Through practical hands on experiences and models which people can see, experience and do, participants from the centre will be able to directly change destructive and unsustainable patterns of living in their own lives. Through our networks both within the country and international, the centre will provide skills training, awareness training, workshops and opportunities covering a variety of topics and skills.