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.

Songthaew ride

We are headed to Mindful Farm – an organic farm founded by a former Thai monk – near Samoeng.

Mindful farm kitchen

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.

at the lake

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.

Preparing our vegan feasts

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.

Community living

Andrew & Astrid

We are a family from Vancouver, Canada. We are hitting the reset button on our lives. We've packed everything into the garage and rented our home for a year. This is our travel story.

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