This is one of the best videos I’ve seen in a while. Jon Jondai does an excellent job of weaving together the importance of natural building and creating a happy life. It’s well worth turning up the volume a little and listening carefully.
“Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably. Outside of Pun Pun, Jon is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years. He continually strives to find easier ways for people to fulfill their basic needs. For more information visit the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jon Jondai for an article on Earth Building in Thailand. Later I found out he is a national hero or celebrity of sorts. He has been influential in inspiring and training people who went on and built over a thousand earthen houses in Thailand (probably way more by now). Jon is also the author of a best selling book on the subject – Building a House with Clay.
Thanks to Michael at the Tiny House Design Blog for bringing this to my attention.