Orthodox Christian Monastic Community in Valldal, Norway

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 Min stay requested: No minimum



  • Description


    We are an international Monastic community of Orthodox Christian Nuns, with roots in Greece. Our Sisters are from various countries (Greece, Norway, England, Russia, USA, Georgia, and others). We are located on a farm in a mountain village near Valldal.

    Our main occupation is keeping the daily and festal services of the Liturgical year, which encompasses ecclesiastical arts, Byzantine music, spiritual literature, and hymnography, but we spend time also cultivating the farm, especially for herbs, because we produce all-natural, handmade healing balms and soaps.

    We are open to hosting volunteers, who demonstrate a strong worth ethic, and a desire to participate in the Services, especially if they have specialized knowledge or experience in any particular area of work, especially Construction and Forestry.

    Guests are requested to participate in the program of the Monastery. As long as we have resources available, every Trapeza (common meal) provides a cooked food, salad, fruit, and bread. In periods/on days of "fasting" prescribed by the Church (Great Lent, Wednesday, Friday, etc.), the food does not contain meat, dairy, eggs, fish, or oil. In periods/on days where all foods are allowed, the food may contain meat, dairy, etc. We do not have the possibility to cater to any dietary preferences such as vegan, vegetarian, raw diets. Volunteers are expected to eat the same food as the Sisters, in the common meals. The hours between meals are designated for work projects (10.30-16.30). The Sisters will accompany, demonstrate, and explain to workers the task at hand. Volunteers are required to dress modestly. No smoking on the grounds of the Sacred Monastery. Please be prepared to work in groups with Sisters, with other volunteers, and also alone.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    How to work with other people from various countries. Have an insight to daily Monastic life. Be able to develop their skills and knowledge in the framework of the tasks and activities described above.

  • Help


    Foraging, collecting wild berries, herbs, roots, nuts. Vegetable, herb, flower gardens. Permaculture farming. Weeding. Forestry work: cutting trees for firewood, forest mainentance. Fruit trees. Cutting grass on the mountainous farm. Fence-building, fence maintenance. Digging trenches for storm water drainage. DIY furniture restoration and painting.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    Greek: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Georgian: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    Russian: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    A private bedroom, which may be required to share with other workaways. A common bathroom. Camping is allowed.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Much sight-seeing, hiking, fishing, skii

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days/week

Host ref number: 299332897779

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