Mindful Farm, Thailand
The sun is high and hot as we drag ourselves into the back of the bright yellow songthaew (pick-up truck taxi) that will take us into the remote hills near Chiang Mai. The fact that there are other foreigners huddled in the back suggests that this is the right one – there is only one ride per day and we’ve spent the past 20 minutes hunting for it.
We are headed to Mindful Farm – an organic farm founded by a former Thai monk – near Samoeng.
Eating our breakfast in silence, we watch the sun rise over the mountains. Life here is simple.
Our days are spent working in the gardens – planting tomatoes, watering, weeding.
Afternoons are spent cooling off in the reservoir – a small lake lined with squishy mud “beaches” and shared with several resident water buffalo.
Most meals are made with ingredients harvested directly from the garden. With only a few pots and two campfire stoves, we conjure vegan feasts from seemingly nothing.
As the nightly chorus of crickets begins, we gather for meditation and Buddhist teachings. Most evenings end around the fire – soaking up as much heat as we can before turning in for sleep.