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Dharamsala
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.6
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 29441
Country: India

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Last Updated: November 6, 2019

We are a group of people with one goal; doing good work. We believe in "alleviating physical pain" as an objective net good. So for us, good work is helping alleviate suffering of those who can't help themselves.

Our farm is the home we have built in Himalayan Foothills to accommodate recovering injured stray animals, people who want to do good work, and an organic garden to provide a little bit for for all of us. The farm also supplies our product line which in turn supports our recovering animals. This is a karma yoga center, meaning "The Yoga of Work". Our focus is on the work we do.

We believe that every action for survival has a suffering footprint, especially any consumption. So, we believe in mindful consumption and making our survival purposeful by alleviating suffering.


Help

We are looking for people who will help care for animals at our stray animal recovery center (animal enrichment like walks, brushing, etc) and work in the farm. The work is very physical and involves a lot of manual labor.

Volunteers also have an opportunity to bring their skills to the table while they are here. This can include (but certainly isn't limited to) art, farming, carpentry, sustainable building, video editing, writing, culture jamming, etc.

We require a minimum of 1 weeks stay for volunteers. Please allow up to one week for us to reply to messages. We also ask for Rs 500 per person per night to cover the cost of meals.

We are friendly, open, and interested in everyone who comes through the farm. We love to have discussions and learn from others. However, if you refuse to respect the work, the space, the people on the farm, our rules, or our intentions for the farm, you will be asked to leave.


Our Expectations:

We are not a guesthouse. We do not guarantee access to all our facilities, continuous wifi, or any other services. We expect you to act like a guest in our house.

The work is physical. We expect you to be able and willing to work hard in not always ideal weather.

We are a karma yoga center. We do not demand silence but we expect you to respect the intention of the place and keep your focus on why we are here. This means loud, frivolous discussions or "noise for the sake of noise" are not welcome. This is especially true at meal times. We expect you to respect this you and if you cannot, you should rethink your decision to apply.

Poop is part of it. If you are unwilling to pick up dog poop, cow poop, or horse poop then this is not a fit for you.

We live in rural India. This means that you will not be able to dress in whichever clothes you wish. If you feel entitled to wear tank tops, tight clothing, see-through clothing, shorts above the knee, or low-cut tops despite local custom then please do not apply.

We have rules. We have the responsibility for many lives on the farm, and we also live here full time. The rules all have a reason, but if you are the type of person that does not like to follow rules then please do not apply. You can see our rules here: http://peepalfarm.org/?p=rules

What you can expect from us:

Respect and open-mindedness.
An opportunity to help animals.
Thoughtful discussion and insight.
Clear instruction and direction.

If it isn't working out for you, you are free to leave. If it isn't working out for us, we are free to ask you to leave.

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