Experience nature, spiritual life; learning about Buddhism with nuns at a Dhamma Center not far from Bangkok, Thailand




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    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 create an international Buddhist youth center to engage with the local youth to enhance their language skill and build up mindfulness based society for them.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help


    There 2 parts of help required, daily help and project tasks;

    Daily tasks:
    Starts from 5.30 am right after morning meditation at 5 am. for driving and cleaning part of the main building.
    - Driving to the market, help with carrying alms food in the morning and arranging the food and fruits.
    -Cleaning: includes
    : 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.

    Project tasks:
    -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 2 hours every Monday and Thursday.
    ( except during school vacation in April- May and October).
    We focus on teaching by using many active and fun activities because their writing and reading are not good enough. Your knowledge and experience to handle the kids’ activities will be very helpful.
    - Group activities such as art project or language games will be required when we organize camping at our center. ( once every 2-3 months)
    -Restoration building of wood/bamboo
    -Gardenning and weeding. Help with our neighbor’s permaculture farm.
    - lawn mowing
    -some computer help.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Thai

  • Accommodation


    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, you might have to buy additional food for yourself, especially when you are 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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our center cannot be reached by 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 not so far from the center 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 in our village.
    we are a moral based community so, no killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, alchohol or smoking is not allowed. 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. 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.
    One of the Workaway volunteer asked for an ordination. She became a Buddhist novice and spent time with us as a nun for a week. 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.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    20 hours a week

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