Extraordinary Newsletter – March 2020
Extraordinary Newsletter in Extraordinary times
The Happy Schools Project in Vietnam
Please read our report and update on the progress of the Happy Schools Project in Vietnam
Read the Eurasia Christmas Newsletter 2019
The Eurasia and ELI international community wishes you all a Happy Christmas! (Newsletter in English and French.)
Finding Happiness in Education
An interview of ELI founder Ha Vinh Tho describing his understanding of Happiness and relating it to the Sustainable Development Goals and modern education
ELI newsletter – Fall 2019 is out
Discover the mission of Eurasia Learning Institute for Happiness and Wellbeing (ELI), its origins and read about its latest activities
Photos from the GNH in Organisations course in Osnabrück
The Happy Path in Phu Cat Primary School, Hué Vietnam
In Phu Cat Primary School, the principal Miss Huong Giang initiated the creation of a “Happy Path” in June. Together with a team of teachers and help from volunteers, from an unused stretch of land in the school’s courtyard, they built a beautiful path for mindful walking.
The Eurasia Summer newsletter is out!
The Camphill Movement Annual Group Meeting in Tinh Truc Gia = The Peaceful Bamboo Family
Photos from the Bitis Executive Retreat in Tinh Truc Gia=The Peaceful Bamboo Family
Tinh Truc Gia=The Peaceful Bamboo Family 10 years!
In April this year, we celebrated again, this time, the 10 years of the Peaceful Bamboo Family, the living community for young adults living with disabilities and vocational training centre in Hue, Vietnam. Friends and members of the Eurasia, ELI, Tinh Truc Gia community and network came together to celebrate a decade of our best efforts to contribute by bringing Happiness not only to young people with disabilities, but to ourselves, society at large and mother nature.
Fundraising campaign for the 10 years of Tinh Truc Gia
Tinh Truc Gia=TTG, The Peaceful Bamboo Family a vocational training and living community for people living with disabilities in Hue, Vietnam, started with a strong and authentic wish to bring Happiness and Wellbeing to people living with disabilities, to ourselves, but also Mother Earth and society at large. The community counts about 90 people : co workers, children in the inclusive Kindergarten, youngsters from adolescent class and adults living with disabilities
We are fundraising for some essential renovations for the centre as its 10 years are approaching!
Launching a CAS at the Geneva School of Management: Happiness in Organisations
On November 15th, ELI announced Introducing the one year Certificate of Advanced Studies on Gross National Happiness, a collaboration between ELI and the Geneva School of Management (Haute Ecole de Gestion).
Happy Bitis Ambassadors Retreat in Nam Cat Tien: October 2018
On the 1st of May 2018, ELI signed a 3-year MOU with Vietnamese leading shoe company Bitis, starting a three year process to bring Happiness and Wellbeing to the company.
This was kickstarted with an executive retreat in Nam Cat Tien in August, co-led by ELI founder Ha Vinh Tho and ELI members Minh Khanh Tran, Hai Nguyen Phuoc with the support of ELI friends Thu Ha Tran, Hang Mai, and Giang Dang.
From October 18th to 21st, ELI team members Hai, Khanh, Ha and Hang led a three-day GNH Ambassadors retreat with around 40 members of the Bitis team.
October 2018: Clowning Workshops in TTG
On October 20th and 21st, Vivian Gladwell came to TTG to give two workshops. Vivian and ELI trainer Arnaud Durand combined efforts in order to give a Clowning & Compassionate Communication joint workshop to a mix of staff members from TTG and staff members from the Europe and Vietnam Eurasia/ELI teams.
On the second day, TTG hosted a Clowning workshop open for members of the public, attended mainly by friends of Eurasia/ TTG, who had attended clowning workshops with Vivian in the past.
On Sunday and Monday Vivian is giving public Clowning workshops in Saigon.
Click below for more photos of the workshops.
ELI becomes a partner of the World Goetheanum Association Forum 28-30 September 2018
From September 28-30th, ELI founder Ha Vinh Tho attended the three-day inaugural Forum of the World Goetheanum Association. The purpose of this new Association is to create a space for people and organizations who are transforming society based on spiritual impulse to meet, share, support one another and get fresh inspiration for their work. Although it has been founded by people inspired by Anthroposophy, it is open to all those who share common values of inner transformation and social renewal.
All you need is love: Celebrating the 20 years of Eurasia in Switzerland
On Sunday 23rd of September, Eurasia Association held a Happiness Fair in Fondation Perceval, St-Prex. Together, the Eurasia network – from 9 month-old baby Gaël to to 92 years old Barbara – filled the day with smiles, laughter, music and generosity. The day was a true celebration of friendship and happiness as the foundations of sustainable social engagement, from the preparations all the way to the end, to the dissassembling (which was also accompanied by music.)
GNH Workshop at the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück: September 2018
GNH workshop with 90 professors, administrators and students from the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück.
Public Conference at Osnabrück University: September 2018
On September 9th 2018, Ha Vinh Tho, ELI founder and Chairman of Eurasia Foundation gave a public talk for an audience of about 500 people, to kickstart the GNH project in the Osnabrück University of Applied Science.
Workshop for special educators: August 2018
The 22nd and 23rd of August, Marie-Fleur Baeriswyl, an ELI facilitator, gave a 2-day workshop for 20 social educators of Fondation Perceval, St-Prex, Switzerland.
Two teams have to work together from now on and they hired ELI to offer workshops on collaboration as a kick start before the scool year starts.
Emphasis was placed on creating spaces for people to meet with many introspective exercises and then sharings in pairs or small groups.
Work that Reconnects Retreat in Gimel: August 2018
Over the past weekend from August 17th to 19th, the Eurasia Learning Institute hosted a Deep Ecology workshop in the Le Petit Bouche community in Gimel, Switzerland for about 20 people to reconnect with themselves, each other, and nature.
The workshop followed the form and practices of the Work that Reconnects. According to Joanna Macy, the root teacher of the Work that Reconnects, “The central purpose of the Work that Reconnects is to help people uncover and experience their innate connections with each other and with the systemic, self-healing powers of the web of life, so that they may be enlivened and motivated to play their part in creating a sustainable civilization.”⠀
Happy Schools Conference in Saïgon
On August 12th, our partners from Authentic Live and Learn (ALL) invited ELI founder Dr Ha Vinh Tho to give a conference in Saïgon about the Happy Schools project developping in Hue. Over 200 attended and the conference was very enthusiastically received, with demands for a version of the Happy Schools programme to be developped in HCM city!
The conference was followed by a TV interview with VCTV.
Bitis Executive Leadership retreat
From August 9th to 12th, members of the Vietnamese and International ELI team headed to Nam Cat Tien, three hours out of Saigon to kickstart the collaboration between ELI and Bitis, Vietnam’s leading shoe company, with a retreat for the Executive Leadership of Bitis. This marked the beginning of a three year long process, where ELI will work together with Bitis in order to become a Happy Organisation.
The theme of the retreat was Happiness at Work – What are the inner and outer conditions for happiness at work?
Our deep gratitude to Quyen for her sincere commitment to turn Bitis into a Happy Organisation, to Giang for her great and lively translation work, and to Philippe and Phuc from La Vie est Belle for hosting us.
Happy Schools: Training of teachers
From August 2nd to 7th, the Peaceful Bamboo Family (Tinh Truc Gia, TTG) hosted the first cohort of over 120 teachers from public schools from the province of Hue for the first module of the Happy Schools training programme. This training marked the beginning of the third phase of the project, where the objective was to enable teachers from Hue public schools to start implementing the Happy Schools Curriculum in their classrooms.
The intensive 6-day training covering both Self Care and Caring for others and Society included regular Mindfulness as well as Social and Emotional Learning theory and practice.The training was delivered collaboratively by members of the ELI Vietnam team, a team of lecturers from Hue University, members of the ALL (Authentic Live and Learn) team, and trainers from the April training.
Trainers from the April training led sub-group reflection sessions each afternoon, so as to find skillful ways to implement the curriculum in their classrooms, adapting the contents according to each age group.
Youth for Change Retreat 2018: Small is beautiful!
From July 5th to 9th, the ELI young team held a Youth for Change retreat, in Eurasia President Marie-Fleur Baeriswyl’s Community-run Farm Le Petit Bochet, in Gimel, Switzerland.
The invitation was to come together in order to explore deep aspirations and projects for a more meaningful world, working from inner transformation towards social engagement.
We had a small (but beautiful) group of five young women, coming from Switzerland, the UK and Germany. Together we practiced mindfulness, deep ecology and art such as clay modelling, attempting to cultivate a more compassionate and holistic way of life.
Zertifikatskurs Gross National Happiness (GNH)
Weltweit stehen wir vor großen Herausforderungen, die ein grundsätzliches Umdenken erfordern: woran messen wir den Erfolg unserer Gesellschaften? Wer sind wir als Menschen und wie wollen wir uns als soziale und natürliche Lebensgemeinschaft mit unserem Planeten weiter entwickeln? Die Lösungen der Vergangenheit haben als unerwünschte Nebenwirkungen Folgen nach sich gezogen, die wir nicht mit dem gleichen Denken beantworten können, mit denen wir die Probleme von gestern gelöst haben.
Das im Königreich Bhutan entwickelte und angewendete alternative Entwicklungsmodell und Indikatorensystem für Wohlbefinden, das sogenannte Gross National Happiness (Bruttonationalglück) bietet einen ganzheitlichen Bezugsrahmen, der auf dem Glück und Wohlbefinden aller Menschen und Lebewesen beruht.
Der Aspekt von Glück und Wohlbefinden wurde mittlerweile von den Vereinten Nationen in ihre Nachhaltigkeitsziele (SDG’s) aufgenommen; die UNESCO hat mit den „Happy Schools“ einen neuen Bildungsbericht veröffentlicht. In Deutschland sind neben Wirtschaftsunternehmen auch Schulen, Universitäten, Gemeinden und Städte, sowie zahlreiche Organisationen der Zivilgesellschaft auf der Suche, wie sie die Prinzipien des GNH in ihren jeweiligen Kontexten als neues Entwicklungsparadigma einbringen und implementieren könnten.
Dieser wachsende Impuls trifft bis jetzt auf eine begrenzte Anzahl gut ausgebildeter Fachkräfte.
In diesem Zertifikatskurs, den die Hochschule Osnabrück mit dem ELI durchführt, lernen Sie die inneren und äußeren Bedingungen für Glück in unseren Gesellschaften und Organisationen kennen sowie GNH-basierte Programme und Projekte für vielfältige Bedürfnisse und Kontexte zu entwickeln, zu individualisieren und durchzuführen.
Compassionate Communication Workshops: April-May 2018
From 30th April to 2nd May 2018, two workshops of Nonviolent Communication were organized in Ho Chi Minh City thanks to the collaborative efforts of Eurasia Learning Institute (ELI), Hon Viet, LIFE Psychology and Authentic Live&Learn.
The two workshops have cultivated the practice of Nonviolent Communication to nearly 100 participants coming from Business and NGO backgrounds.
Deep Ecology & The Work That Reconnects in Vietnam: April-May 2018
Over the last three weeks, Della Duncan was invited by Dr. Tho Ha Vinh, Lisi Ha Vinh and the Eurasia Learning Institute to come to Vietnam to lead a few retreats on Deep Ecology.
According to Deep Ecologist Dr. Stephan Harding, Ecology is the study of nature and Deep Ecology is the study of how we relate to nature. How we view and relate to nature is important because it impacts the state of our climate, the quality of our lives, and the wellbeing of future generations.
April 15th: Celebration of 20 years of activities of Eurasia in Vietnam
On April 15th, we celebrated the 20 years of Eurasia! The morning was a more official and formal event aknowledging the work that we were able to do over these past 20 years mainly in the fields of Special Education Social Therapy and biodynamic gardening, together with our local partners, friends and with our great team.
We presented the new Eurasia Team from switzerland and presented the new ELI project of Happy Schools officially which opens a new chapter.
The afternoon was open to everyone, a moment of pure joy with a Happiness Fair, welcoming our friends with games, random acts of kindness and happy activities!
Gross National Happiness (GNH) In Education and Business Report: March 2018
The workshop on “Gross National Happiness (GNH): “A new perspective on development in Education and Business” happened in February 24th – 27th 2018 at the Museum of Muong’s Cultural Space in Hoa Binh province, Vietnam.
The workshop lead by Dr. Tho Ha Vinh, Chairman of Eurasia Foundation & Association, Eurasia Learning Institute (ELI), Bhutan Former GNH’s Program Director. It was organized by ELI with the logistic support of TOHE team.
March 20th: Happy International day of Happiness from the ELI Team
International Day of Happiness is a day to celebrate Happiness, and to be happy!
Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.
The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2018, ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants. The main focus of this year’s report, in addition to its usual ranking of the levels and changes in happiness around the world, is on migration within and between countries. Find a link to the UN Report below.
Plants, Earth and Cosmos: Report on the Biodynamic Training Course in TTG: January 2018
This course was held at Tinh Truc Gia (TTG) = The Peaceful Bamboo Family, which is the heart project of Eurasia Foundation & Association. TTG was the first vegetable garden, working according to the biodynamic method in Vietnam.
For this second workshop we had participants coming from all over Vietnam as well as different continents, all committed to “healing” the earth, to reconnecting to themselves and nature, together with others.