Biodynamic Course



Hue, from 10th to 13th, Jan, 2017


Tinh Truc Gia=TTG=The Peaceful Bamboo Family is the first vegetable garden, working according to the biodynamic method, in Vietnam.

In 2007, right after the foundation stone ceremony of the Peaceful Bamboo Family, a community for youngsters living with disabilities in Hue, Vietnam, Hans Mulder from Australia taught us how to make the biodynamic preparations that he had brought for this occasion and we sprayed the then still bare and uncultivated land.

Since 2009 we apply the biodynamic methods in the TTG vegetable garden. Mr Hung, the gardener of TTG, has since been trained by Mr. Marc Blachère, who came 3 times to TTG, each time over a month, to train him and his team. Mr. Hung and Mr. Hai also went to the US, to Copake, to train there in biodynamic agriculture. Mr Hung also spent 1 month in Navdanya with Vandana Shiva to learn about organic agriculture and the importance of seeds.
More and more people are interested in organic agriculture and biodynamic agriculture.

Many young people, even school children want to learn, experience an ecological life style. This gave us the courage to organize a first “open” biodynamic workshop in TTG in order to share our experience and to build up a network of people wanting to promote organic agriculture.
For this first workshop we had participants from all over Vietnam. It was a joy to meet people from the North, the South, Middle of Vietnam, all committed to “healing” the earth, to reconnecting to themselves, and nature together with others.


Training of Trainers – Module 1

Together again in Cattien forest !

ELI Event for Hoa Sen University and ELI partners, 14, 15, 16 November 2015


Mindfulness Based Compassion and Happiness

This 3 days course is the first module of a year long training process consisting of 3 face to face modules and in between practice, reports and coaching that will allow participants who will have successfully completed the full program to receive a

 “ELI Trainer’s Certificate in Mindfulness Based Compassion and Happiness”

ELI will award certificates after participants complete all 3 training modules; demonstrate regular personal and/or group practice, engage actively during the in between modules activities, and implement Mindfulness based Compassion and Happiness programs in their own context.

This first module is a trial for both sides: participants and instructors. At the end of module 1, both sides will decide if the participant signs up for the complete one-year training.

Program objectives of module 1

At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Head: Knowledge
    • Describe the importance on Mindfulness and its underlying scientific foundation
    • Understand the meaning of the Education of the Heart (Emotional Intelligence) and its relevance for their organization and context
    • Explain the functioning and the management of emotions
    • Understand the basic elements of the Science and Wisdom of Happiness
    • Plan a Mindfulness Based Compassion and Happiness program to be implemented in their own context
  2. Heart: Attitudes
    • Be more mindful of themselves and others
    • Have an enhanced awareness of their emotions
    • Learn to have a better control over their emotions
    • Begin enhancing their empathy and compassion
    • Cultivate healthy and meaningful relationships
  3. Hands: Practice
    • Create and follow a daily Mindfulness practice routine
    • Share basic mindfulness practices with others
    • Start using the tools to increase Awareness and Management of Emotions
    • Practice methods of mediation and conflict management
    • Start implementing the Mindfulness Based Compassion and Happiness Program in their own context
    • Develop a network of practitioners to follow up after the ToT”

Program requirements from participants

  1. Participants will take part in all the activities during the program
  2. Participants will commit to a minimum of 20 minutes daily Mindfulness practice between modules (to be chosen from various Mindfulness Practices)
  3. Participants will write regular Practice diary
  4. Participants will choose a Practice Group of 3 to 5 people and share at least once in 2 weeks on their progress and challenges
  5. Participants will share a monthly Practice Report with instructors
  6. Participants will read and study required books and/or articles
  7. During the training and no later than after Module 2, participants will lead regular Mindfulness based Compassion and Happiness Practices in their own context

Reading for Module 1 and 2

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) by Chade-Meng Tan (Also available as

Requirements during the modules

During the residential modules, we will eat vegetarian food, and will refrain from consuming alcohol, tobacco, or any other intoxicant substance.


Training for Leaders of Hoa Sen University

hinh1A one day introduction to Mindfulness Based Compassion and Happiness


Target audience

Leaders, senior managers and professors at Hoa Sen University

Objectives and content

At the end of the program the participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the scientific foundation of the Mindfulness based Compassion and Happiness Program
  • Have experienced some key elements of the program such as:
    • Four levels of listening
    • Journaling practices
    • Mindfulness practices
    • Emotional intelligence and its relevance in an academic context

Be able to explain the relevance of such a program in University setting

Suggested readings and websites:



Mindfullness in Education

Extending care: In the extending care mode, care towards others flows from humans’ natural capacity for compassion and empathy, which requires cultivation. Compassion extends from empathy to a feeling of love, warmth and concern for the feelings of another person. These positive feelings can lead to a strong and practical motivation to relieve suffering and support well-being.

This pilot program has been carried out in Hue Vietnam with 454 Primary school children, 37 primary school children with special needs and 18 adolescents with special needs. 26 teachers and school principals attended the course. The program was implemented over a period of 3 months and the preliminary assessment is very encouraging and shows improvement in many fields both for teachers and students.

We hope to find additional funding to scale up the project for the whole province, ultimately; the Ministry of Education is interested to include the Call to Care program in the national curriculum of Vietnam.