We are a female yoga/meditation centre of Ananda Marga- an international social and spiritual organization. Our place consists of five buildings, including a meditation hall, outdoor kitchen, a small bakery (can be used at any time if you're interested in baking) and a small library space. We are located at the bottom of a mountain in a really quiet and peaceful area outside Meinong.
Every Saturday we run a group meditation session and throughout the year there are different events taking place such as monthly 3 hour long Akhanda Kiirtana (mantra singing and dancing), Adventure Camp in April or a Meditation Camp in August (9th to 11th of August).
At the moment, the place is run by a Taiwanese yoga and meditation teacher/ nun who volunteered in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Therefore if you're interested in learning yoga or meditation, guidance and teaching can be provided.
Our place is run by women volunteers and accepts only female volunteers.
All food provided is vegetarian according to yoga standard, and tobacco and alcohol are not permitted.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Work for volunteers depends very much on the season, and may include farming, gardening, fruit processing, helping at (kids) programs, wood cutting, etc. Usually it's related with general maintenance such as cleaning or just taking care of the place. There are times when the centre is really quiet (with only one person staying permanently) and there are times when more volunteers are staying.
In February and March it's the tomato season (Meinong's famous small tomatoes!), so picking tomatoes, preparing and drying them will likely be part of the tasks for that time.
At the beginning of April we run an Adventure Camp, so if you arrive at this time you can share any skills and talents you have. Also you are very welcome to create an animation for the camp.
We also need people who like to clean and organize places because we have plenty of places to organize nicer.
Any cooking talent we also need you.
English, Chinese Mandarin,Taiwanese
Depending on the number of visitors/guests volunteers may have own rooms or share.
The accomodation is very simple according to the philosophy of Ananda Marga. In most cases, you will sleep on a simple mattress placed on the floor, so please don't expect luxurious conditions. Also, since the place is in the countryside, be expected to encounter some wildlife such as mosquitoes, frogs, geckos and other insects.
We recommend to bring your own shampoo, shower gel, towel, toothbrush etc. but there is a supermarket in Meinong so if you need anything it is not a problem to buy it there. We also provide a washing machine and washing powder (no dryer though).
Please note that wifi is available only in the main building.
We have bike if you wish to explore the area or go in the night market of Meinong, or any place around.
3 simple and healthy vegetarian meals included- mainly rice, grains, beans, local fruit and vegetables. As we follow the yoga diet we don't serve onion, garlic and mushrooms.
We are located in Meinong, a famous Hakka and cultural town in Kaohsiung county, south Taiwan. There's plenty to see & do in the area, and public transport is nearby.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
3 hours a day, 5 days a week