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Area (ha): 0,2
Persons: 12 - 20
Category: Other
Host ID: 54993
Country: Germany

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Last Updated: January 5, 2017

Help create a center for Yogic & Holistic Lifestyle near Berlin, Germany

As an architect, I have worked on projects all over the world before I put my main focus on Germany. After renovating and creating a cultural center in an old school in Berlin, my wife and I decided to begin a new project in Rathenow, where we are renovating a 19th century house that was once the residence of guard officers of a Prussian hussar regiment.

We have a lot of space for creative and focused people who want to breathe life into what we envision to be a center for yogic and holistic lifestyle as well as architecture and design. My wife, who is a Mexican born shaman in the Sikh tradition, is currently the main driving force behind the latter.

We would be happy to receive volunteers from all over the world. We might teach you interesting things about architecture, yoga, meditation, tai chi, reflexology massage, healing, herbalism and we can also give you tips about what to do in Berlin.
Please tell us what you're interested in! In turn, you're welcome to bring your ideas, skills and talents to this place. Although we do ask that you bring a steady work ethic to your involvement throughout the time spent here.

Apart from our work, we like to make music (we have lots of guitars and other instrument!), we like to sit and share by the bonfire in our garden, we watch movies or offer presentations to share some of our background, experiences and ideas with each other and there's a beautiful lake nearby.

Important for us: No drugs, alcohol and smoking gadgets (cigarettes, cigars, joints etc). Usually we do not host any pets.

Most work needs to be done inside and around the house. Many rooms still need a makeover. In that, we try to preserve the old charm of the building while carefully including modern elements.

The garden needs cleaning and structuring. We already planted some crops, and we want to expand on that. We built a pavillon and we would also like to create a pond, terraces, a bigger activity ground than what we currently have and we want to build yoga shelters and tree houses.

Apart from that there are various big and small tasks that require a good sense of responsibility, submission, and solution-oriented thinking.

Volunteering hours expected
maximum 5 hours, 5 days per week

You would live in a single or shared bedroom, shower and bathrooms are shared. Breakfast and lunch are provided and prepared by volunteers .

Rathenow is surrounded by forests. There are also several rivers and lakes in the area with lots of wildlife. Berlin is 55 minutes by train and departs on the hour every hour.

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