Help a charity run by volunteers to build a meditation retreat centre and care for woodlands in the Highlands of Scotland, UK


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    Hi - you will be part of a volunteer team helping a small Scottish charity establishing a meditation retreat hermitage.

    Our place is set in 50 acres of beautiful woodland in the Highlands near Inverness & Findhorn. It is a Tibetan Buddhist centre aiming for sustainable, low impact and Eco friendly management of the woodlands and hermitage. We have planning permission for 8 retreat huts and are starting by preparing the sites and providing the basic infrastructure such as a toilet block.

    This gives a chance for you to be involved in a pioneering project building huts - or to physically care for the land and create something unique and special. We live in a simple style, and you will be in direct contact with nature. Wood burning stove, cosy wooden buildings and outside facilities to enjoy seeing the stars when you go out at night :) Awareness, respect and kindness are the basic motivation of our project.

    The woodland is secluded but not remote. A 15min walk through the woods brings you to the main road where you are connected to public transport and can go to the shops in Inverness, the beach at Findhorn, the Cairngorm National park or still further north to the Islands and West Coast. However, the local Moray Micro climate means we have far less rain and midges than on the West Coast!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Charity Work

  • 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

    Local people also come to help us and volunteer their time. When they do come we work together and share lunch which is fun. If you are interested in Tibetan Buddhism there is a local group that come every Sunday for study and meditation practice and you can join this. We also often have meditation sessions in the Vajrayanna tradition. We are a small group, with many differing backgrounds and skills with many tales to tell of working in Tibet and Nepal.

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    You will enjoy yourself if you are independent, able to use your initiative and love being in quiet, secluded natural environment. I think this is great for a couple with a variety of skills wanting to work with us together sharing the joy of creating a special spiritual place for the greater good.

    We need help with the physical work of building, groundwork and clearing woodland. If you have any skills in range of building and maintenance tasks such as painting and plumbing. that would be great. If you have training and experience in in using a chainsaw and forestry work, or maintaining machinery it would be so helpful.

    We also need help in creating a friendly welcoming environment, with help needed in the shared areas with the housekeeping and gardening tasks. If you have skills in management, fundraising or organising and creating spaces for groups it is very helpful.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a wooden building with simple, cosy rooms connected to a shared kitchen with wood burning stove and big kitchen table, lounge area with sofas, and office. There is a large Buddhist temple for meditation and many books in the library. A sunny courtyard and it is all very peaceful, tucked away in the woodland.

    There is a lot of freedom and choice when it comes to meals. There is self catering for breakfast and dinner and we all help to keep the shared areas clean. The basic cooking ingredients and groceries are be provided and food is mostly vegetarian, however you can let us know what you like. Lunch is the main meal and is a communal, shared meal cooked on a rota basis that we have 5 days a week, when we help take turns to cook and clean. There is an outside toilet and camping style shower.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Findhorn Foundation is just a few miles away proving a wide variety of courses and opportunities. The local villages have many clubs and groups and there are a lot of opportunities to go dolphin spotting, walking in the mountains or on the beaches.

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    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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