We are a community of Buddhist nuns. Dhammavijjani, the head nun was an architect graduated from Chicago, U.S.A. And worked in Chicago, Hamburg, Singapore and Thailand for over 20 years before she became interested in vipassana meditation and was finally ordained to be a Buddhist nun and moved to live in the remote area with the nature and the way of life based on mindfulness. There are 3 nuns living in the community. Our center situates in the area of the world heritage site, Huay Kha Kaeng, Uthaitani and is still intact from tourists, entertainments and night life.
We are forming up a project to engage with the local youth to enhance their language skill and build up mindfulness based society for them.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You will have a chance to experience the way of mindfulness based life intact from modernization and the power of money. The experienced head nun who has some western background can probably be the best person to answer any of your questions in Buddhism. You will have a chance to daily learn, practice and discuss into core part of Buddhism and learn how to apply the theory in your real life.
For the ones who are into local people's life, you can visit permaculture garden or “family forest” near by , visit the weaving house, as our village is famous for hand woven cloth, you can ask to join the local people to go into the forest on seasonal basis for bamboo shoot, mushrooms and herbs, or at the end of the year, try harvesting and milling the rice to eat for yourself.
There 2 parts of help required, daily help and project tasks;
Starts from 5.30 am right after morning meditation at 5 am. We require your help for driving and cleaning.
- Driving to the market and help with carrying alms food in the morning and arranging the food and fruits.
: Main building ( app. 160 sqm.) which there are chanting hall, office, retreat rooms, living area, dining area, kitchen, 5 wash rooms and few strorage rooms.
: Meditation building ( 60 sqm.)
: Outdoor area in front of the main building.
Apart from daily work, cooking, grocery shopping or feeding a sick cat once in a while is helpful.
-Teaching English to Thai school children from the village. There are two groups of kids, 6-9 years old and 9-12 years old.
We go to teach them in school for 1.5 hours every Wednesday and Friday.
( except during school vacation in April- May and October).
We focus on teaching by using many active and fun activities. Your knowledge and experience to handle the kids’ activities will be very helpful.
We require you to drive to school also, which means you have to be able to teach and drive at the same time!
- Group activities such as art project or language games will be required when we organize camping at our center ( Around once a month)
-Restoration building of wood/bamboo
-Gardenning and weeding. Help with our neighbor’s permaculture farm.
- lawn mowing
-some computer help.
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5 wooden one or two rooms' huts with attached bathrooms. No one has to share the room, for the benefit of mindfulness development.
Our huts are quite simple and you might have to face animals in the nature such as gecco, mouses or spiders which can be noisy during night time. During rainy season there are many mosquitos. But there is no Malaria in the reagion. Bring your earplugs and insect repellant if you think neccessary.
In terms of food, you will have a chance to taste truly local food from the alms in the morning. And for egg lovers, there is a natural egg farm right across the street. You will love to visit the egg farm where all the hens run around underneath the trees in a big piece of land happily.
Since our community depends solely on alms food, in case it is not sufficient, we will provide some raw food but you have to cook for yourself, (especially when you are a strict vegan.)
We have a van going to the market every morning, you can go shopping with the van. However, we prefer that you learn to live the minimum way of life.
Although there is a direct bus running between Bangkok and Banrai, our village , our center is 8 Km. from the village and cannot be reached by any public transportation. You have to depend on the alms transportation every morning to go to the village. During your time off, you can simply hike to a creek on the mountain or hire a motor bike man to take you to swim in a magnificent swimming pool for only 100-200 baht at a boutique hotel nearby or to explore the caves or waterfalls around our village.
we are a moral based community so, killing ( even an insect) stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, alchohol or smoking is not allowed. As we are a spiritual place, socializing activities such as board games or cards will disturb peaceful vibration. Additionally, women and men should strictly stay separately. Expressing affectionate feeling such as touching or caressing is considered to be inappropreate in the center.
We do not accept volunteers who have no genuine interest in Buddhism but only want to help with the tasks and get a place to stay with free food. Please decide to come to our center with the priority to stay quietly in the nature and learn to practice mindfulness, since the center is not reachable by any public transportation.
Three of the Workaway volunteers became a Buddhist novices and spent time with us as a nun for a few weeks If you would like to taste the experience of being a Buddhist nun, you are also welcome!
We request for minimum of 2 weeks stay.
The last but the most important thing, we request a donation of 20 dollars per one stay for the new volunteers.
During the pandemic, there might not be any school teaching but we still need your help to teach English to our nuns at the center. And we reduce the number of volunteers to 2 max. So there might be a possibility that you are the only volunteer in our center.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
20 hours a week
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