*** Currently not accepting volunteers, a few hours visit might be possible for the purposes of learning tea ceremony ***
My name is Paolo, I'm the founder of a spiritual community based in Brigthon, UK, and at the moment the only one living here. Or a mad tea hatter, I'm not even sure anymore if there's a difference.
Please see the details of what you can help us with and only apply if you match them :)
This is very different from your usual workaway, you will get to know yourself (and the practice of tea ceremony and meditation) very deeply and you need to be committed to it, not just "oh it sounds nice and peaceful..."
Your life here will revolve around serving the community and meditation, tea ceremony and quiet introspective time, this is not a brighton vacation.
This is a dream.
A dream of beauty.
A dream of friendship.
A dream of creating something higher than our ordinary day-to-day consciousness.
Aristotle said that Beauty, Truth and the Good really are one and the same thing.
It means “The Realm of Beauty”.
We recognise how creating a beautiful environment goes hand-in-hand with performing beautiful (ethical) actions.
We aim to give the gifts of stillness, peace and contentment to anyone visiting us for our events.
They’re gifts, they’re not for sale, everyone is welcome and all events are free, whatever one wishes to donate is secondary.
Imagine: People living together, in the spirit of generosity, beauty and working for the benefit of all, a space for the community to practice and come together socially.
A central focus is the practice of Tea Ceremony and Meditation, which we believe dramatically heightens one’s sensibility and appreciation of Truth – how reality really is, not what we think it is.
Buddhist in inspiration, but everyone is welcome to our events.
The building is a lovely house in Brighton on whitehawk hill (just over the royal sussex hospital), very quiet, with dramatic sea views, lots of sunlight and green.
Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
Betreuung von Tieren
Learn tea ceremony, meditation, buddhism and live a life worth living
We do a tea ceremony/meditation together every day from 7.30 to 9.30 am (later on weekends)
By end of the week, you will have learnt the basic of tea ceremony and leave with a little kit (bowl and loose leaf tea) to keep the tea ceremony habit with you if you wish
There's a lot of gardening, cleaning and light maintenance (painting sheds etc) to do.
You should be RELIABLE and HELPFUL.
- any art you can add to the community (mosaic, woodwork, painting, etc...)
- massage or other body therapy skills
- building, carpentry, plumbing, electrician, decorating
- video editing or other online marketing
could you please write what you'd like to help us with in your message?
We see work as a spiritual practice, we genuinely enjoy doing it and see real transformation happening.
Some sort of bed, probably private space for the night most of the time.
There is communal food but we can accommodate any diet. Please note meat is eaten in the house, but most people are usually vegetarian. For longer stays you will be given some money and the directions to a supermarket and a community food project to choose your own food.
Really we run on generosity - and this informs everything we do.
We try to do work together and spend time together.
Particularly I will personally try to be there to welcome you and do a tea ceremony for you when you arrive and a few more times during your stay.
Depending on my schedule and your interest, I'm also available for meditation instruction and Buddhist study (read a small text or bring a particular topic you're interested in, and we discuss it).
But sometimes circumstances means that you may spend some time alone, so keep this in mind.
We have a (growing) community of people that drop in every once in a while to do some work or just to say hi. (well not much at the moment because covid)
(There will be no alcohol, drugs or cigarettes on the premises and you should plan not to consume alcohol or drugs at all during your whole stay)
We try to live in as simple and close to the Buddhist ideal as possible. Some of what we do or don't do may seem strange to just give it a go, it's only for a week.
Yes Brighton is exciting - but in order for you to get the most of your stay here we ask that you live in a semi-retreat state.
By all means go down to the beach, but if you want to party, go out and drink, have another job (whether live or remote) our community is not the best for you.
Long tea ceremonies, reading, yoga/qigong/dance, guitar playing, walks in nature (both around here and getting out, it's very easy!), meditation, being happy just being, spending time with us and other people talking about the nature of reality are some of most common activities :)
Let me make it even more clear: this is not some sort of happy-go-lucky hostel with random people coming and going in relative anonymity, day in day out.
We're here to change the world by changing ourselves (even if it's painful!) - We're serious about this (and we do have a lot of fun, but always in ethical ways) and we have seen that real transformation can happen.
Unless you really are into this spirit, please don't write us - we get tons of messages and it's not fair to other guests (and the community residents too!) to have someone not committed to our lifestyle.
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You're expected to be here for tea ceremony at 7am and any other common activity
We live by the Buddhist 5 precepts and you will be asked to follow them as well while living here:
1. Not killing or causing harm to other living beings. This includes insects in the killing form, and a lot of behaviours we usually consider normal in the 'causing harm' form.
2. Not taking the not-given. Stealing is an obvious way in which one can harm others. One can also take advantage of people, exploit them, or manipulate them. All these can be seen as ways of taking the not given. The positive counterpart of this precept is generosity.
3. Avoiding sexual misconduct. (in some periods, we may practice celibacy as well)
4. Avoiding false, harsh and divisive speech (also SWEARING, even mild is included in this). Speech is the crucial element in our relations with others, and yet language is a slippery medium, and we often deceive ourselves or others without even realising that this is what we are doing.
5. Abstaining from drink and drugs. Keeping Mindfulness.
Not only while at the community, but also while you're outside - for the entire time of your permanence here.
This is because your energy influences everybody else.
Computer, phones and other internet devices are to be kept off at all times as default.
Definitely no music or movies without headphones or long calls.
Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang
Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
only quiet well behaved dogs and cats with no fleas/illness
5 hours per day 5 days a week (excluding any cooking) and you're expected to participate in all non-work community activities
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