Help at our non-profit meditation centre in the forests of Zelhem, the Netherlands



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  • Description


    Living in an old farm in the forrest belonging to a 600acre nature estate called 'Slangenburg'. We are renovating the farm to a meditation centre where we will hosts people for daily yoga classes, meditation, silence, nature and sauna. Owls, deers, hares, pheasants and many other birds belong to our daily guests around the house. From the dirt road you walk directly into the forrest. It's one of the few places in the Netherlands where it's really still and really dark at night. We moved with our 3 daughters (3, 6, 7) from Amsterdam to this beautiful eastern corner of the country to realize our dream; creating a sanctuary to connect heal and grow.

    Our company is purpose driven. We are a social company, not for profits. It's our aim to make retreats available for everyone.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    What we have to offer is mindful living in beautiful nature. You will be part of the team finishing the transformation from this old farm to a beautiful meditation centre. You can walk in the forrest every day and really experience nature day and night.
    Once the meditation hall is finished (february) we will start to offer yoga classes, guided meditations, mindfulness teachings, breathing sessions and forrest baths. All of our crew and volunteers are invited to practice with us.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We will never be finished here. There will always be DIY tasks such as painting, renovating and building. Gardening on our 1,5 acre property and creating a proper vegatable garden.

    Also different household tasks need to be done, such as washing, cleaning and cooking for our family and our community.

    For those who are willing to maintain or improve their Dutch language skills or we have three daughters in the age of 3, 6 and 7 with whom you can play and babysit.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would love to improve my german language skills. I can offer my English or Dutch skills

  • Accommodation


    You will have your private room on the first floor. Small and cozy with a big bed, washstand and a beautiful view. Or you can stay with your caravan/motorhome in our small camping space. Toilets and showers are separate and shared with others. Downstairs is a big and colorful community kitchen to prepare and share meals. Lunches in weekday we'll share together. Meals will be shared sometimes with our family and sometimes only with other volunteers. Everyone will be responsible to prepare meals according to a schedule will compose together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Living in this beautiful part of the Netherlands is a nourishing. You can start the day with a walk in the forrest to enjoy the silence and the big and old trees.

    What we have to offer is nature and silence. The ultimate place to live mindful and really live in the nature. We are trying to create a modern monastery for mindful living. From all volunteers we ask them to respect the nature and the quietness. And all our meals will be vegetarian.

    Although you have the feeling to live in the middle of nowhere there are many beautiful historical dutch trading (hanzesteden) villages and citys within a circle of 30km witch can easily reached by car of bike.
    There are 7 castles to visit in this area of witch one is our neighbour. Many walking tracks en biking tracks in this forrest ore in nearby forests.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have a high speed glass fiber internet connection available over wifi.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a small camping site in the fruit orchard. A beautiful place where we can hook you up with electricity. we have a place to empty your chemical toilet. Toilet and shower can be used in the main building.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can only accept pets if you come with your caravan or motorhome. Always to be discussed first, what pet and how many.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 137542345755