Our home involves doing things ourselves to constantly evolve and create. We are a collective of five people that left the busy cities of South Korea to create a life in between the mountains and the Han River. We have been around for the past seven years as a social enterprise recognized by the Korean government for creating sustainable ecosystems.
We have a small garden which partly provides for our needs for vegetables. We also operate an animal sanctuary that can be compared to the likes of Noah’s arch: a band of horses, a mother and daughter cow, a group of sheep, and our four dogs.
Our practices involve making organic soaps and natural daily life products and manufacturing compost toilets and rainwater tanks.
We also run educational programs for local students who visit our center.
We are located in a beautiful rural area with many rice fields, chestnut trees, and chirping birds.
We first started as a spiritual group. Founded in 1998, we have been doing breathing practice.
In 2011, our organization was founded by a group of individuals that felt the need to live in nature and coexist with it.
They wanted to create a lifestyle based on the Korean word “Seon” which means to love and know nature,
human beings, and the universe. They came together while practicing Seon meditation in a group.
Many realizations later, they decided to put all of their ideas together and create a project next to the Han River.
THINGS TO KNOW
- We would recommend staying at least three weeks.
we would like to share our way of life and the art of breathing meditation that we have learned until now.
- From Monday to Friday for 4 to 5 hours per day except for the chestnut harvest season which is From Sep. to Oct. usually (every day 3 hours harvesting chestnut)
This includes activities like cleaning and feeding the animals’ space, general maintenance, farming, gardening, cooking, guest house cleaning, and harvesting chestnuts from September to October especially.
- We are located 60 minutes away from the main city by bus. The last bus to our location is 6:30 p.m.
- We ask the volunteers not to smoke cigarettes, use drugs, or abuse alcohol, inside or outside of our home, throughout their whole stay! Please only come if you are 100% sure that you are able and willing to respect this.
- We provide an ingredient for the meals for free. but cook by yourself. Of course, we can share our meals too.
If you agree to our principles, we would be happy to share our experiences with you.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring the following items, if possible.
1. We strongly recommend you bring warm clothes from December to Feb. because it can get very cold during the night. There is underfloor heating, however, it may still get a little chilly.
2. There will be organic soap and shampoo provided in the bathrooms. If you want to bring your own products it is welcome.
From Incheon Airport :
You can take an Airbus from Incheon airport to Chung-Ju Bus Terminal (충주).
From there take the bus to Jogiam bus stop(조기암 마을) then you can arrive here.
It will take about 90mins.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
Volunteers can experience authentic Korean rural life and, at the same time, the progressive lifestyle of the residents.
They can learn about soap manufacturing and basic farming skills.
Volunteers are required to help 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon, by taking care of animals and doing other community work.
But 3 hours in the morning every day during chestnuts harvest season (From Sep. to Oct. usually)
We have 2 rooms for volunteers. Depending on the number of volunteers, you may have to share your room with others. (1 room = 1-2 persons)
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
4-5 hours per day, 5 day per week except chestnut harvest season
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When it comes
I liked my stayed and meet really nice people.
You need to know you will be mostly by yourself and with the other volunteers. The hosts are really busy and some time not at home. The first week-end I was by myself
They already have many years volunteer experience and community life.
Everyday make special macrobiotic lunch.
Whenever we ask work(gardening, cooking, cleaning) they do sooooo well.
one time she made detox exercise workshop for our community. and we very enjoyed that.
We also anything learn from Cannie and
The scenery is so beautiful (even though I only saw it at the very beginning of spring, so it was mostly grey and without any green yet!!) And I have been told that it also is a very special
This Eco Village is my dream living place. Believe or not, I enjoy staying there much more than my home city! Apart from fresh organic food and excellent living environment, what amazed me is her implementation of Seongye Practice in daily life - love of the Universe, love of nature and love of
I had great time helping them to run their daily tasks at their farm. Trying to give a hand where was needed. Place are well organized and clean. Volunteers have their own rooms and their are providing amazing meals everyday. Duties were easy and not
It's a very beautiful and nice spot and it was a good rest point between all the traveling.
Everyone is very kind, also those who does not speak a lot of english, and everyone is ready to help if needed. The animals are so great and the
I stayed here for 3 weeks in july and i have to say it was an amazing experience for me, I learned so many things in this eco village. The people that live here are just amazing human beings, some of them don't speak a lot of english but they are really kind and they won't hesitate on
suggested many gardening project to us. then made beautiful aromatic garden
in our village. and also planted 5 edamame(He bring from Japan). He always
want to study from everything. During 3weeks, We also learn many thing from
Manuel. Thank you for your great potato Gratin. We
Everybody there is open-minded, creative, sincere and motivated. You