About Gaarwé

Gaarawé village is a self-sustainable community project located in Khao Sok area, in the south of Thailand. It’s open to all dreamers around the world willing to live, grow and flourish together in harmony with Mother Nature. Since 2015, Gaarawe has been growing with the help of thousands of volunteers and partners. 

We have survived storms and floods, and even a global pandemic.
Gaarawe is still here because we are able to adapt to its environment, just like the flower we’ve borrowed our name from. 

Who We Are:

Who we are (founding members and partnerss):

At the moment there is only one permanent resident at the VIllage: Lele, founder and ideologist.
Other partners: Manu, Touch, Giacomo, Roisin, Elena, Monik, Sasha, occasionally come to help coordinating works or just to have a good time.

The land is registered under the name of Lele’s wife, Ms.Touch, a proud and respected Thai lady who earned the trust of everyone.
If other Thai partner should join, we are open to split the property or register the Village under a Company name. We haven’t done that yet to save on registration fees.

Update: Our Covid-19 Response

When the seriousness of the global situation surrounding the 2020 Cornona pandemic became clear, the volunteers and residents at Gaarawé came together to decide how best to move forward. We knew we had a responsibility to protect the community members in our care but we also couldn’t turn away travellers that were, like us, caught up in circumstances beyond our control.

Several community leaders came together and designed a diet and nutrition regime to ensure that we were eating the right things to maintain strong immune systems should the virus come to the village. We welcomed people when we had nothing to offer but tents to sleep in. During the lockdown, we maintained a stable population of 20 people who worked together to produce our food, maintain our living spaces and support each other with love and open communication. You can read some of our “Cornona Camp” testimonies here.

Many of us travelling when COVID hit had to change our plans, and our budgets! With the situation still uncertain, why not take the time to pause and reflect in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world?

Gaarawé is welcoming anyone currently travelling in Thailand to visit us and spend time in our garden for FREE!

– Work as much (or as little) as you like

– Take advantage of Gaarawé’s unique location in Khao Sok National Park

– Help us build a home away from home, together