Volunteering in Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Centre, Germany
Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Centre is a perfect place for engaging in meditation and spiritual practice. Less than an hour driving from the heart of the city of Berlin, Tharpaland is surrounded by an atmosphere of natural beauty, peacefulness and quietude. The center is situated in an impressive mansion in beautiful parkland with forest walks and a lake. Tharpaland offers retreats, meditation courses, Buddhist study and regular classes throughout the year.
About the program
Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Centre’s working visit program is an ideal opportunity to enjoy a rewarding break where you can quickly feel what it’s like to be part of the community. There are various work opportunities (e.g.: cooking, gardening, office work, decorating etc. ), and building projects that you could get involved in. They are always interested to hear about any specific skills you may be able to offer. Although the work is not always demanding you will need to be reasonably fit and active to join the working visit program for at least a week.
The Spiritual Programme
As a volunteering visitor you are welcome to take part in the spiritual activities at the Centre. In the evenings you could attend any of the regular meditation classes and the daily prayers in the meditation room. At weekends the center often holds regular weekend courses. The weekly classes are all free to working visitors.
The final 2 days of your 7-day working visit are free time.
You will be provided
- Seven days free dormitory accommodation.
- Three vegetarian meals a day in exchange for 35 hours of work (usually spread over five days).
- Working visits are usually offered for one week but can be extended for special projects. Working visits MUST be booked in advance.
All meals are either vegetarian or vegan. You need to do is bring a sleeping bag, towel, alarm clock, house shoes, flash light and if needed, work clothes and boots.
Please note: Since Tharpaland KMC is a Buddhist Centre, visitors are asked not to drink alcohol or smoke on the premises. You must have Travel Insurance.
You can apply for the working visitor program here by clicking on this link.
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