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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 40
Persons: 4
Category: Other
Host ID: 19923
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: February 19, 2018

Welcome to our beautiful Buddhist retreat centre nestled in the Snowy River Country of East Gippsland, halfway between Melbourne and Canberra. We are surrounded by state forest and abundant with wildlife (countless kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, native birds and the occasional koala!).
The centre belongs to The Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra (Sakya Losal Choe Dzong), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting peace and happiness. As such, here we host various retreats throughout the year, including meditation - both Buddhist and secular - yoga, tai chi, health and wellness, and family week.

There are a handful of committed volunteers living here and working to maintain this beautiful space. We are spiritual practitioners who have a relaxed and harmonious living environment built upon mutual respect. We welcome anyone with a genuine interest in spirituality and a desire to contribute to the community to come and share in this wonderful space with us.

At this time there is a lot of work to be done in the garden. We need help with maintaining and reinvigorating our spectacular 108 acres of land, which includes vegetable and ornamental gardens and a large orchard. Its harvest time there are lots of apples to be picked and juice to be made! We also have a veggie garden and hothouse in which everything is flourishing. We are continually scaling up our gardening as we (slowly) move toward self-sufficiency, so there is an abundance of outdoor work to get involved with.

People with skills in gardening, landscaping, outdoor maintenance or any farming or forestry background would be very warmly welcomed!

Over the spring, summer and autumn period we will host a retreat about once per month. There is a surge in busy-ness at these times as we re-focus our energy into hosting these events. Volunteers usually help with the cleaning before and after the event, and with maintaining cleanliness of communal spaces while the retreat is on. Retreats are really special, you'll get to interact with a huge variety of people and join in on some of the meditation, teaching or yoga sessions during the day!

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