MEET THE TEAM
Meet the team for Worldschooling in Southern Thailand : an Eco-Adventure Family Gathering
PROGRAM DIRECTOR & LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Pierre is the Research and Education Director of Global Health Asia Institute (GHAI), a think tank based at the faculty of Public Health at Mahidol University Bangkok. Creative, bold and passionate, his objective is to advance knowledge, communicate innovations and contribute to transformative education at the interface between health, the environment and sustainability. He holds a PhD in Ecology and Health from Canada and has coordinated and taught Public Health, Global Health, Holistic Health Practices, Ecology and Sustainability workshops and courses throughout the Southeast Asian region. Pierre has more than 10 years experience practicing mindfulness-based activities, such as Rock-climbing, Freediving and Mindful breathing as well as regularly leads Nature Therapy sessions. He complements his professional activities with grass root projects in Southern Thailand where he has been based with his wife and two daughters for the last six years. These projects involve 1) nature awareness and outdoor leadership activities with school children, families and individuals, 2) community-based eco-tourism development, and 3) sustainability consulting with a focus on ecological gardens and sustainable management plan design.
WORLDSCHOOLING PROGRAM LEAD & TRIP FACILITATOR
Alice, an advocate for peaceful parenting, is an Australian worldschooling mother with a 12 year old son, Satria. For the past 6 years they have been traveling around Australia in their campervan, and take 3 trips a year overseas to explore the world and connect with other worldschooling families. Previous to this, in 2007, Alice founded and then managed a successful detox retreat business in Bali, Indonesia. Closing the business in 2013 Alice chose to take Satria out of school, focusing on home education instead. In 2016 Alice created her first worldschooling family adventure, taking a group of 6 families to Sri Lanka for a month. Inspired by this trip, in 2018 Alice created a hugely successful worldschooling trip to Bali and Gili Air with 20 families attending over the 3 weeks. In 2017 Alice had her first opportunity to present at the Project World School (PWS) Family Summit in Merida, Mexico, sharing about peaceful parenting and unschooling, and in 2018 held a worldschooling parents workshop at the PWS Family Summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In June 2019 Alice co-facilitated the PWS Family Adventure in Cusco, Peru, and later in the year will be co-facilitating the Worldschooling Eco Adventure in Krabi, Thailand. Alice is passionate about bringing families together to explore the world, learning and sharing.
WELLNESS PROGRAM LEAD & TRIP FACILITATOR
Originally from France, Magalie Barilisa is a Reiki Master and Sound Therapist who has taught and lived through Reiki and the healing arts for the last 10 years. Strong of a rich international experience, Galie teaches and practices Reiki and sound healing in the context of wellness retreats and private treatment sessions. Galie also actively develops fusion yoga sets combining energy and sound healing to various yoga styles. She also leads Ecstatic Dance as well as regularly guides meditations. Magalie received her Reiki Master training from Canada and Thailand, and received her Sound Therapist training at the Kahthmandu Center of Healing, Nepal. Galie applies her understanding of wellness, spirituality and self-development approaches through her parenting, nurturing two freespirit, Luna, 8, born in canada and Nao, 4, born in Thailand. Her parenting journey started with a campervan road trip that lasted almost two years, travelling with Luna (1 yrs old) from eastern Canada to Costa Rica gathering along the way transformative teachings and memories. Galie also uses this experience beyond adult wellness retreats to design playful movement-based, yoga and sound activities for kids during school programs.
TRIP FACILITATOR & WELLNESS ADVISOR
Michael received his education degree from the University of Colorado. He has worked intensively in the experiential education field. For the last decade he has worked with numerous highschool groups from the USA on 2 week adventure and cultural experiences; he is also the Thailand coordinator for Project World School. He has been the coordinator and head instructor of the St. George’s University School of Medicine, Integrative Medicine Therapies Thailand selective for the last 10 years; educating more than 500 future doctors on the integrative therapies of Thai Massage, Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga and Meditation. An avid rock climber, Michael has established many climbing routes in Thailand and works at times as a guide for Rock and Sun. Michael has been living in Thailand for 14 years with his Thai wife and is the proud father of two children.