Eurasia learning institute

Eurasia Learning Institute For Happiness and Wellbeing

ELI is a programme of Eurasia Associaton through which we develop holistic and transdisciplinary learning processes, provide organisational support and organise events to foster deep personal and collective change.


The commitment of Eurasia Learning Institute for Happiness and Wellbeing was born with the very first Eurasia training courses that responded to the immediate need for professionals to be trained in the fields of special education and social therapy from 1999. From 1999 until today, training courses have been organised several times a year around special education and sociotherapy, mainly in Hué.

With time, the subjects of our training courses expanded to include ecology, biodynamic farming, team building, training of trainers, mindfulness and ethics, Gross National Happiness, and social and emotional learning. You can explore past trainings given by ELI here.

In 2015 we created more formally Eurasia Learning Institute – ELI, in order to share Eurasia’s practical experience and training courses more widely, not just in Vietnam but also internationally.

Today, through Eurasia Learning Institute for Happiness and Wellbeing (ELI), Eurasia offers transformative learning programmes by opening up participative spaces to co-create the emerging future.

Our Approach


a new development paradigm – systemic, holistic, sustainable and equitable – is possible by developing our individual and collective Happiness Skills.  The current development paradigm – often represented by GDP – does not consider the ultimate goal of every human being: happiness.



spaces for experiential learning that articulate personal transformation and social innovation for the emergence of this new development paradigm



through collaborative processes to generate and develop the conditions for the emergence of a new development paradigm


Our Rationale


— that is not to be mistaken with superficial ‘feel good’ moods, and egoistic striving for personal and short-lived pleasures — can be achieved if a person has the opportunity to: – Learn to develop her/his full potential: knowledge, competencies, skills, talents, and creativity –Learn to live in harmony with others, create meaningful relationships, become responsible citizens and thus contribute to a Happy society –Learn to respect and protect our fragile environment and live in harmony with Nature




an alternative vision for development first born in Bhutan, seeks to establish a balanced ‘middle path’ in which equitable socio-economic development is integrated with environmental conservation, cultural promotion and good governance. This pioneering vision guides Bhutan’s development and policy formation and is currently being contextualised in other contexts. The GNH framework seeks to find a balance between the outer and the inner conditions leading to happiness and wellbeing.