We are a buddhist centre set in a beautiful mansion in the rural countryside just outside of Berlin, Germany. We hold regular evening meditation classes, courses and are specialised in silent retreats. The centre is open to the public and anyone is welcome whether buddhist or non-buddhist.
As a volunteering visitor you are welcome to take part in the spiritual activities at our Centre. In the evenings you are welcome to attend any of our regular meditation classes and our daily prayers in the meditation room.
Our center is a peaceful space of meditation and retreats and we ask all our volunteers and guests are respectful of this environment. As part of that alcohol, smoking or any other form of drugs are not allowed on our premises. Also, even tho we all love animals we have a no-pet policy in order to protect the wild life here.
Sometime life happens, or things don’t work out as we wish. That’s how it is, so we have a trial period of one week for both volunteers and the center to see if its working out on both sides.
Up for a challenge?
We are looking for volunteers to help in our centre especially helping with building work in one of our historic buildings on the property, helping in the kitchen, cleaning, preparing beds for guests etc., there are many activities. We have a mixed age range of 17 residents living at the centre. There are short term and long term opportunities available. We do need a reference for those wishing to come on a working visit at the centre.
INSURANCE - You must have Travel Insurance
If you are interested in to come some time with us and to learn about our way of life we would love to hear from you.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Volunteer visits offer a unique way to experience the spiritual activities and community life of this special meditation centre for a Buddhist tradition with over 1,100 centers and branches in over 40 countries. This centre is home to an international community of 17 residents including monks, nuns and lay people of all different ages and backgrounds.
As a volunteering visitor you will have the opportunity to freely attend many of the spiritual activities including daily meditations, evening talks on Buddhist thought and daily prayers.
You will get a chance to meet people from all over the world, to discuss and experience first hand beneficial effects of Buddhist meditation and practises. A working visit with a deeper meaning! :-)
We will provide seven days free dormitory accommodation and three vegetarian meals a day in exchange for 25 hours of help (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.
Since we are a Buddhist Community, visitors are asked not to drink alcohol, take drugs or smoke on the premises. We also ask the visitors not to play musical instruments and to wear head phones when to listen to music on the property. During silent retreats we work in silence in the public areas, but don't worry there is plenty of opportunity to socialize with other volunteers and residents away from the retreat areas.
many, we are quite international
We offer comfortable dormitory accommodation – all you need to do is bring a sleeping bag, towel, alarm clock and work clothes and boots/working shoes. And if possible slippers/house shoes for inside the castle.
We are located in a beautiful forest with lots of walks to discover. The nearby village Schwante has a nice bakery with fantastic cakes and a range of coffees and drinks. There are also other things to discover, another castle Schloss Schwante with a restaurant and the nearby lake Mühlensee.
From the nearby train station there are regular trains (every hour, on weekends every 2 hours) going to Berlin.
Check trains to Berlin here:
The Centre is located outside the village of Schwante - 2km distance / 20 minute walk
Schwante also has regular train station connections to Berlin - (40min)
STATION PICK UP - We can arrange to collect you from either Schwante Bahnhof (preferred) or Oranienburg Bahnhof.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week