Help a charity to build a meditation retreat centre in the Highlands of Scotland, UK



 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    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 several retreat cabins and are currently preparing them for year-round use.

    This gives a chance for you to be involved in a pioneering project where you may be involved in helping to in many areas such as: IT, social media, building maintenance, housekeeping, land care, and much more. In the process you are helping to create something unique and special. If you are good at identifying what jobs need to be done and are self-motivated, then we would love to hear from you.

    We live in a simple style, with awareness, respect and kindness as the basic motivation of our project. You will also be welcome to attend meditation practices in the Meditation temple.

    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 and west to the many beautiful Scottish Islands. 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

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

    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, we have daily practice meditation sessions in the Vajrayana tradition. On Saturdays we host our Saturday Meditation Group which is attended by people from the local area (and beyond), with meditation and discussion which you are invited to join.

  • UK chairty

    Registered charity

    This host is a registered charity in the UK and is looking for help with their charity project. Guidance on charity worker sponsorship by a UK registered charity, can be found here.

  • Help


    You will enjoy being here if you are independent, able to use your initiative and love being in quiet, secluded natural environment, sharing the joy of creating a special spiritual place for the greater good.

    We need help with building tasks, groundwork and clearing woodland. If you have any skills in these areas that would be great. We also need help in creating a friendly welcoming environment, with support needed in the shared areas with the housekeeping, cooking, and gardening tasks. If you have office skills, or talents in organisation, this may too be helpful.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have some wooden buildings with simple, comfortable rooms, as well as caravans. In the central area there is a shared kitchen, a wood burning stove, a big kitchen/dining table, and a lounge area with sofas where you can relax and socialise.

    Food is vegetarian.

    There is a beautiful Buddhist temple for meditation and many books in the library, as well as a sunny courtyard, all very peacefully tucked away in the woodland.

    There is also a shared toilet and shower block, and we help by taking turns to keep it clean.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Findhorn Ecovillage Community is just a few miles away. 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, visiting Loch Ness, the many local castles, stone circles, and exploring Inverness and the local towns. There is a bus stop a few minutes walk away with regular buses to the local towns, the airport, and railway stations.

  • 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

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 619375741545

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