A Buddhist mountain village and retreat center in the Italian alps near the Swiss border, Italy

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Italy

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a Buddhist mountain village and retreat center in the Italian alps near the Swiss border. We are open from spring to autumn and receive guests for Buddhist courses and retreats, practitioners who wish to profit from the special atmosphere and people in search of nature and quietness. We serve simple but wholesome vegetarian dishes. We are non smokers.

    For 2021 we are not yet sure how our activities will develop, but from April on we will most likely have some guests and buddhist courses. Otherwise activities would be more with cleaning the surrounding, making wood and doing earthwork around our new dry stone walls. Also people with experience in cooking, carpentry and permaculture are welcome.

    The village is old and very beautiful. It is owned by a Swiss cooperative whose main objective is to maintain the traditional houses and open them for meditative activities. It is run by an Italian dharma association. Both are non profit oriented. Only members can participate in the activities, but the yearly membership can be made on the spot and is open to everybody who is in accordance with our objectives.

    Volunteers are expected to have an interest in Buddhism and personal inner development. The place is excellent if you like to question your habits and outlook, and together with others want to work with yourself.

    You need to have your personal health insurance and be physically quite fit, as the village is not accessible by car and is built on a slope.

    Please note that drugs are not permitted. Also if you smoke, even occasionally, this is not the right place. In this case please do not apply, as it will be difficult as well for you as for others.
    Please note that you cannot bring pet animals.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house

  • 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

    This is a great place to go back to the roots, be it your own inner roots, be it the wish to live in a surrounding which helps you to find your basic needs. You will be in contact with interesting people. Other volunteers, the staff in place, many and different visitors. Our focus lies on Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. It is important to be interested in this approach to have a satisfying time in this remote village.

    There is amazingly little distraction (also irregular internet connections....). On the other hand you live in simple, well furnished houses, eat healthy and tasty food, and are surrounded by an exuberant nature. It can be an ideal place for a break in your ordinary activities with the wish for new orientation in life.

  • Help

    Help

    We are happy to get support in running the place. Preparation and maintenance of the rooms and structures, cleaning, maintenance of the surrounding and more. With experience you are welcome to take over responsibilities. Attendance to the morning stand-up meeting is compulsory, as we then share our experiences and coordinate the tasks.

    We suggest a minimum stay of four weeks for volunteers and are happy if you stay longer if we feel at ease with each other. We expect you to actively participate in the running of the place. There is no need to be Buddhist, but it is important that you are interested in meditation and inner development, and wish to participate in the regular shared meditations (2-3 times a day about 30 minutes), as they are a part of our group process and help us grow together.

    We are always looking for people to continue rebuilding and restoring our historic village in different construction projects. We also need people for technical maintenance at already finished houses as well as the modernised village infrastructure. If you are a professional craftsman, let us know.

    Our garden team is interested in support for sustainable gardening and permaculture. If you are experienced in permaculture don't hesitate to communicate it.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Depending on season and availability you will have a simple room for yourself or share with one, maximum two other people of the same sex.

    Sanitary facilities are shared and not always close to your accommodation.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On our weekly day off most of us use the local buses which several times a day go down to Domodossola (if you need the bustle of town) or up to Antrona Piano (if you want to be in a really beautiful place with mountain lakes).

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    25h a week

illusionary nature
volunteers of spring 2016 after restoration of the stupa
it's the village up there!
our flag with autumn flowers
prayer flags in the wind
spring at it's most beautiful
our temple and below it the library
early summer blossoms
so green is our valley
view towards east
early snow in autumn
cherry blossoms in spring

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