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Before Sebastian put his main focus on Germany and this project, he worked as an architect on projects all over the world. His last major project was renovating an old school in Berlin in order to create a cultural centre in its place. After this he and his wife decided to begin a new project in Rathenow, where they are now renovating a 19th Century house that was once the residence of guard officers of a Hussar regiment in the old Prussian Empire.
The property here incorporates the main building, the former Hussar residence, and its various attached structures and a very large garden. This gives us a lot of space to share with creative and focused people who want to help breathe life into our vision of a center for yogic and holistic lifestyle. As well as architecture, design, spirituality, arts and crafts, music and video production and much, much more. Amrit , a Mexican born shaman and member of the Sikh tradition, is the main driving force behind the yogic and spiritual aspects of life here .
We encourage volunteers to adopt a yogic mindset and live in line with our holistic philosophy while engaging with our experience. To this end, the premises are entirely smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free.
We believe a good period to stay is anywhere between 4 weeks, and 3 months. But in the end, the time does not matter, as long as your spirit is in it and the workflow suits you and us as hosts.
THE WORK: we would like to emphasize that this is a historic building, and currently still partially a building site undergoing construction. Earth, dust and building materials are part of the experience.
To support the progress of the renovation, you need to have a deeper interest in renovation. We are willing to work out a program with you, which requires your discipline and awareness.
However, the longer you are able to stay the more we be able to allocate tasks based on your individual abilities, and any passions you would like to add to our space. The only thing we always insist upon is that you bring a strong and steady work ethic to the group here.
CONCERNING YOGA: Daily Kundalini Yoga is central to the experience we create here. We believe the practice functions as a bridge between us. Doing the Kundalini Yoga is obligatory. Not participating would create a gap between us, which we try to avoid. Please carefully consider this point.
Please note that fluent English is a must, and that we do not usually host any pets.
Amrit and Sebastian
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
"We are always happy to receive volunteers from all over the world! We can teach you all kinds of interesting things ranging from: architecture, yoga, meditation, tai chi, reflexology massage, healing, herbalism and more! We are also always happy to give you tips about what to do in Berlin and the surrounding area, so don't be shy!
Please tell us what you're interested in! We can always find a place for any skill, passion, talent and experience - in turn you're extremely welcome to bring your own energy and quality to this place.
Our days don't involve only work though, we make sure to incorporate a good balance of relaxation and rejuvenating free time. You're always free to do what you wish however there are often clusters of people sharing in many things. For example: we like to make music (we have lots of guitars and other instruments!), cook different styles of cuisine for one another, philosophise on full stomachs after lunch, sit by the occasional bonfire and share in our garden, watch movies or offer presentations to share some of our background, experiences and ideas with each other and there's a beautiful lake nearby."
This is an ongoing project with many aspects involved and so, there is work that needs to be done inside main building, around the courtyard, attached buildings and garden. A critical element in this is that we wish to try and preserve the old charm of the building while carefully including modern elements. A brief list of some of the physical work that needs doing includes:
- Rooms that need work done, either in the form of repairs/maintenance or completion of renovations
- Deconstruction of certain sections of the old out-buildings to make room for our current major project, which is;
- The ongoing construction of what will be our new central hall! We've successfully set in place the first walls and ceilings.
- In the warmer months, the garden needs serious maintenance, preparation for planting crops and some construction.
We are also starting to move into some more design and creative projects which could benefit from some help:
- V-log style, music and artistic video creation
- Blog-style, song, creative and other writing
- Social media co-ordination and updates (Facebook, instagram, etc)
Apart from these, there are always various big and small tasks that require a good sense of responsibility and solution-oriented thinking.
German, English, Spanish
You will live in either a single room or a shared bedroom. Shower and bathrooms are all shared. Breakfast and lunch are provided and prepared by volunteers, while dinner is organised for yourself.
Rathenow is surrounded by forests. There are also several rivers and lakes in the area with lots of wildlife. Berlin is 55 minutes by train and departs on the hour every hour.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
maximum 5 hours, 5 days per week
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