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



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    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 and other courses (Tai Chi, awareness, non violent communication), retreatants 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 2020 we are not yet sure when we can start. Guests and courses are postponed. Probably from mid May or June on a few helpers are welcome. It would be more with cleaning the surrounding, making wood and doing earthwork around our new dry stone walls. Also people with experience in cooking and carpentry 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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • 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 a multitude of other interesting people. Other volunteers, the staff in place, many and different visitors. Although open 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


    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.

    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.

    Construction Projects and Technical Maintenance:
    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 modernized village infrastructure.
    If you are interested or experienced in rebuilding or restoration, or if you are even a professional craftsman, let us know. You can join our established building group of good skilled and/or professional people.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    German, English, Italian, French

  • 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 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).

    Also right around the place there are many possibilities to make beautiful hikes. It can be also refreshing on your free day just to hang around in the village and maybe join the meditations (and meals of course....).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    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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