We are closed to volunteers for the duration of the Coronavirus epidemic.
The purpose of this place is to provide a place for Taoist qigong training, so we are working on creating that. Steve is a qigong master who was a long time student of a very powerful and advanced qigong master, and kung fu master, who was also Bruce Lee's uncle and main kung fu teacher. The two main goals here are to grow enough food to be self sustainable, and to have a retreat where students can come and learn various aspects of chi kung and meditation. Qigong, chi kung (Taoist yoga), has a lot of soft flowing movement, similar to tai chi. Steve is also an expert in tai chi and the self defense methods of the Taoist internal martial arts. If you want to learn more about Steve and the system he teaches you can read the book "The Magus of Seattle".
We prefer people who can stay here for two weeks.
We have some gardens and are starting on a permaculture food forest here. We are close to the top of the Andes mountains and to the Podacarpus National Park, which has more biodiversity than any other place on Earth. All the neighbors are far down the mountain and can neither be seen nor heard. It has been found this area has the cleanest air and purest water in the world, and many people comment on the peacefulness and strong sparkling energy they feel in this high altitude paradise.
So this is a special place where you can enjoy purity of nature along with some of the miracle youth exercises from China.
This is the wrong place for those who say they want to come here to learn the culture, because we are rather isolated from the locals, however, you can walk on a steep and difficult trail which is not safe when wet, to the nearest sleepy little mountain town of Yangana.
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We provide all your basic food needs like some fruit (seasonal) that grows here plus foods like bananas, rice, eggs, pasta, cooking oil, potatoes, carrots, etc. Everything you need, but if you want any other favorite foods, like chocolate, olive oil, avocados, coffee, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc. you will be needing to buy those supplies in town. There is a kitchen for volunteers so that you can prepare your meals as you wish.
Make sure to check the suggested list of supplies that you should bring.
It gets cold at night, it gets colder when it is clear at night up here closer to outer space. So bring warm layers.
Those with degenerative diseases and those who take injectable drugs are not allowed.
Drinkers and smokers are not allowed.
If you think the world is flat then don't come here.
Steve and Yolanta
Betreuung von Tieren
Steve is a Taoist qigong master who can answer questions about Taoist philosophy and energy cultivation for health and longevity, You can hear true stories about assassins, dragons, and high level martial arts from a kung fu brother of Bruce Lee.
If you wish we can practice Taoist qigong or have lessons in self defense, or tai chi, if you already have a foundation in tai chi.
This is a special place, remote, in the high montains, a beautiful environment, and peaceful, with singing birds and blooming flowers. There are many medicinal plants growing wild here close to the crest of the mighty Andes Mountain Range. We can see the top ridge of the continental divide and the highest local peak from here, and we are very close to the Podacarpus National Park, which has the most biodiversity of any place on Earth, to which we can drive in an hour.
We are on a private road that goes way up into the rugged mountain wilderness, which you are welcome to walk on, with or without the dogs. There are also many trails going all over the property here, some going to interesting and exotic little hiding places, which make good meditation spots. what is special about this place is the clean energy which is not disrupted by other groups of people.
We have German Shepherds, cats, ducks, horses, almost no mosquitos, plus a saddle for the horses.
Almost all the work around here is of a gardening, orchard, ranching, farming nature. There is weeding to do in garden and flower beds, and clearing grass from around fruit trees. Most of the weeding can be done sitting on the ground to do your work. Sitting on the ground in a wonderful, beautiful setting, abounding with sparkling energy can be very pleasant. There is weed whacking to cut grass and cut down brush, so we like to have people who have experience weed whacking, and we often use a steel blade rather than string. Sometimes there are trees to plant. There is a need to remove low tree branches to clear paths for the horses. We also are looking at the possibility of moving some fences, which entails removing and rolling up barbed wire, removing fence posts, then digging holes and putting the posts in new locations. Weeding is easy and meditational, but it can be boring. Digging holes in hard ground is hard work in the sometimes hot sun. In short, plenty of the work is physically demanding and you will get your hands dirty. so if you haven't done that kind of work before, or are easily bored, then don't plan on starting here. We prefer more mature people with some experience rather than immature people who want a free vacation.
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Volunteers accommodations consist of little wood "A" frame cabins with metal roofs. It is a little like camping, with a dry composting toilet. It is not like volunteering at a hotel where you can go down the hall to your room and have electricity or lights. It requires the more rugged and tougher people, so a more mature audience is preferred here.
Although it may sound nice at first, we find that many single people can not stand to be alone in the wilderness for more than two days so either you should be a rugged individualist, or come with a friend.
There are times when there is no one else here so it may be best if you come with a friend. We have started providing wifi to make you stay more comfortable.
WHAT TO BRING: Due to the semi-camping nature of the volunteer camp, which we call Indian Village because the last people that lived there were the Incas, you should bring some supplies which you wouldn't be needing if you volunteered at a hotel, for example. Following is a suggested list. Some of these items depend on the season: rainy season, misty season, or dry season.
1. Light/medium weight sleeping bag.
2. .some layers of insulated thermal pants and shirts to stay warm in the cold evenings.
3. Towel, washcloth, your own soap and shampoo.
4. Flashlight and/or headlight.
5. Hiking boots or tough boots and good sandals (optional), (not flip flops).
6. Warm jacket and possibly rain jacket depending on the season, umbrellas are good.
7. Ultraviolet proof sun glasses.
8. Full brim sun hat (not baseball cap), and warm hat (optional)
9. Lightweight long sleeve shirts and long pants for sun and ultraviolet protection, cotton is best.
10. Bring food that you like which we don't provide, check the food listing above.
In order to let us know that you have read this far and are not doing a mass mailing write: 'hi Starjumper' as your intro to your message to us.
Optional items you may want:
11. Water bottle and water filter. We have filtered water available but there are springs in various places where you can also get water.
12. Insulated mug for tea or coffee.
During time off there are places to hike in the mountains from here, from ridge and mountaintops with very long views of endless mountains to deep dark canyons with waterfalls. You can find beautiful private spots to meditate in. You can go to the popular nearby tourist town of Vilcabamba for partying and socializing.
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Wir besitzen Tiere
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