Being part of the international Buddhist Center in Scharnstein, Austria

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    We are an international Buddhist center, with guests from around the world, who are interested in Tibetian Buddhism and spiritual practice. Since 2004 we are renovating an old farmhouse in Upper Austria, situated in the picturous region of the Salzkammergut, admist mountains, lakes and woods.
    We have lots of activities going on with which you can grow and be(come) yourselfs.
    Kindness, loving care, respect, awareness and meditation in action are the basic motivation of our project.
    We are looking for people who have the same joy for helping and caring for our place as we have and who are not simply looking for "food and shelter" but who want to become part of our team during their stay.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    We need help with the many things that come with a big house; from cleaning, room tidying to handcraft and gardening.

    We are always having some kind of construction and building going on and will need help with this.

    Until mid July we need people who:
    - want to take care of our flower garden and maybe start the vegetable garden ( under the guidance of our responsible gardener), with experience!

    We always need people who:
    - want to make the rooms for our guests
    - have experience in marketing; social media, google, fundraising
    - have graphic design and programming skills
    - have special skills!

    From mid July to mid of August:
    - we will need help at household tasks
    - and we need childcare experienced people who can help to put together and run a summer progam for the kids of our seminar participants

    From 4- 11 of August:
    We have big seminar with around 200 guests. The house will be busy, but at the same time you will have the chance to meet many people from around the world. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche is a renowned meditation master and will be teaching here.

    As the house will be full with guest, we may ask you to move into a tent during these 8 days. Which will be nice, because weather is good and you will have some more privacy in the tent, then in a full dormitory.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Here you can learn very much, on many different levels:
    Personal growth: Being in an enviorment of spiritual practice can teach you a lot on how to deal with your emotions, thoughts and challenges that come from living and working together with others.

    Buddhist practice: If you are interested you can join our daily group meditation and the weekendly teachings and seminars on buddhists philosophy by authentic Tibetian Lamas. We have found that to be very helpful in order to understand how the place works, whats the ethic and motivation of the place.

    Yet, if you are not interested thats also perfectly fine.

    Skills: We are a team of people with many skills and talents that you can learn from (carpenting, gardening, farming, construction works..)

    Language Skills: As we all come from different countries, we speek mostly English and German to each other. Many people have told us that therefore it is a good place to practice these languages- but mostly English maybe, because the german dialect is quite strong ;) .

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, Portugues, Italian, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    In a simple but cosy dormitory space. Cool in summer and warm in winter.
    During the big seminar in August the house is very full and the accomodation in the house will be very crowded, but you can always put up a tent, which an be nice during that time

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You can come and join us for 7 days as a workaway. On your arrival day you are free to get to know the house, the team and the tasks, the five following you will be helping with the tasks in and around the house, the last two days you have your off days.
    If you want to stay longer than 7 days, it will only be decided after the first 5 days by the team on sight.

    In your off time you can enjoy the pictures mountains and lakes of the region or you can go to Austrias major cities which are also quite close ( 1-3 hours by train).

    For your free days you can either:
    Stay and visit our seminars for free- if they fit for you (in that case we would still ask you to help with the dishes)
    Take the days to travel and see the surroundings (Vienna, go hiking in the Lake district, Salzburg, Prag) - we can give you a lift to the local train or bus station for this purpose.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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