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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.2
Persons: 1-3
Category: Other
Host ID: 47998
Country: Germany

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Last Updated: June 19, 2018

Nature, Stillness & Meditation
Work and deepen your spirituality at our retreat and meditation center outside Hamburg, Germany

Our retreat center is focused on providing an environment to meditate, go inwards, calm down and reconnect with nature. It is a place of stillness and peace, and perfectly suited for experienced meditators and other experienced spiritual practitioners who might also like to enjoy the natural surrounding.

In the house, we are two permanent residents and offer a couple of private guestrooms. We are intense meditators and like to meditate for 3-4 hours, daily (morning and evening meditations). We expect from all volunteers coming to the house to use the time here for your personal timeout and spiritual retreat - apart from the hours that you help in the house or garden. What this means for you personally can be very individual: meditation, prayer, contemplation, deep bodywork, relaxation techniques, long walks in nature, dream work, certain kinds of reading etc.
Some people depend on music, singing, dancing or intense bodywork as their way of reconnecting. Our place is usually not well suited to accommodate to these needs. Yet, some music is welcome in the house.

You need to have your own topics that you want to work or focus on as otherwise you might be bored quickly. This is oftentimes also true for beginners in the spiritual path.
We do not offer schooling or teaching. But the house provides support for your own efforts in a multitude of ways. For some volunteers the stay with us has been transformational, yet this is very much dependent on the individual person.
Beginners in the spiritual quest or people unfamiliar with turning inwards will find other places more suitable for them.

We are a small quiet place. We ask volunteers to leave after few days if they are not making use of the purpose of the house (going inwards in some personal way, as described above).

Benefits: peaceful garden with pond, large meditation room, library, nature sanctuary for water birds is adjacent to the property.
Great view!

Expected help hours:
25 hours/week for free accommodation and organic vegetarian food (self-catering from the kitchen storage). Or:
15 hours/week for free accommodation only. In this case: Please bring your own food or share in the costs.

Hours start daily at 9.30 a.m.
We are flexible to arrange the hours so that you can have days off for sightseeing and recreation. But we ask you to arrange your free days with us, as we do have days when we depend on helpers' work.
(Just for completeness: We cannot provide health or accident insurance for any kind of guests - that includes work & travel helpers).

Some more information about the house:
- next shops: 4 km (bus stop is 50 m away, 10 min ride)
- Hamburg: 25 min by car / 1h by public transport
- Lubeck / Baltic see: 35 min by car / 95 min by public transport
- lakes for swimming: 4 km (bus stop is 50 m, 10 min ride, then 10 min walk)
- accommodation in double- or triple-bed room (mixed gender)
- non-smoking inside
- no pets, please
- reliable high-speed WLAN/WiFi is available around the house and in the garden.

There are several guest rooms for individual or seminar guests.
The large eat-in kitchen is for vegetarian food preparation only and we ask all helpers to bring only vegetarian food to this kitchen if they decide to buy their own food. There is a small kitchenette for meat and fish preparation.
Two cats also live in the house. But the guest rooms are kept free of all animals.
The garden holds a large variety of edible plants. Each year we harvest about 115 sorts of food: (wild) herbs, leaves, berries, fruits, and vegetables.

We are mainly interested in volunteers wanting to stay for two weeks or longer. If a longer period is planned we consider a two-week trial period best for both sides.
Short-term stays (minimum one week) are also possible if you prefer this.

We plan ahead for two months in advance, only. Please, in general, do not contact us earlier than two months prior to your proposed arrival date.

You would be of special help if you have expertise and skills in one of the following:
- housekeeping,
- repair jobs, maintenance or certain crafts, especially carpentry
- online marketing,
- gardening,
- website design,
- computer repair,
- piano tuning.

We try to keep rules to a minimum. Yet, we ask for respect and awareness. A loving and caring communion among people and all other beings is the best basis for sharing life together. The following can greatly improve your experience and the experience of others during your stay:
- Respect other people's space and silence. They might go through inner processes and need quiescence, sometimes solitude or a meditative space.
- Choose consciously what you fill your system with through any entry whether that be mouth, ears or eyes. You might want to reduce distractions and diversion of energies. Entertainment, alcohol, "heavy" food, gossiping and Facebook are some common examples. Please, do not smoke weed while you stay with us.
- Most of the people coming also enjoy shared meals, deep sharing, and cooking or working together. You choose how much you want to participate in that.
- Please, do not come here if you have other constant work online or offline. We offer this house only for volunteers wanting to come on retreat with little other distractions.

We cannot help you concerning your visa requirements for coming to Germany.


During summer 2017, 50% of the Workaway helpers who reserved beds with us have canceled their reservation with very short notice. This is not acceptable as our beds for helpers are limited and when you reserve a bed with us we will turn other requests down -- and at the same time, we are set up to rely on some helpers coming.
If you wish to reserve a bed with us, please, take your request seriously. If you need to cancel, please inform us 14 days prior to your arrival date.

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