Jon Jandai – Life is easy

One of my readers, Nils, sent me a link to this TEDx video. Jon Jandai speaks about finding happiness and includes a piece about how building his own earthen home helped show him that life is easy. Here’s a quote from the video description on YouTube:

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

Thanks again for sending this my way Nil!


  1. m

    WOW! That was AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing this! This man is SO right it makes me want to cry!

  2. Jon Jandai’s got it figured out! His ability to be so clear and direct– it was just fantastic. Kind of crazy that it was a TedTalk, since those are so often about the “next big innovation” and this was all about stepping back! Maybe people are starting to see that stepping back IS the next big innovation. Thanks!

  3. k

    Could not agree with this more! It makes me re-evaluate my life in an entirely different way…

  4. S

    I lived in Thailand for 7 years…. the people upcountry DO have it figured out and stepping back IS the next great innovation.

  5. The older I get, the closer I am to his point of view. Though, it does seem like he has some significant family resources, unless farmland is free in Thailand.

  6. l

    jon jandai’s talk is so clear and true, a great bridge of understanding between people who are entrenched in ‘the system’ and those seeking a more true life experience…many thanks to jon….unfortunately this isn’t on ‘tedtalks’ any more, so it’s up to all of us to keep it circulating….best wishes all….

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