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We are an International Kadampa Buddhist Retreat Centre. We are a registered charity and based in a Victorian mansion built in the 1850s. Located in rural Derbyshire we are close to the Dales and Peak District. We have around 35 residents spread across the main building, apartments and houses. We are mixed community of ordained and lay people and families. We host around 5 - 15 workaways. Our extensive grounds have 38 acres of gardens and parkland, with a small river and woodland walk. The environment is very beautiful, tranquil and restful and is perfect for meditation and reflection.
The help required varies from cooking, working in our World Peace Cafe, gardening, painting and decorating, maintenance and household. We also have various projects that you could get involved in at particular times.
If you have particular skills we would love to know. Although the work is not always strenuous you will need to be reasonably fit and active to come on a volunteering visit.
In your free time, as a volunteer, you are welcome to join the drop-in meditation classes, courses and retreats.
There are many local walks, a nature reserve and cycle paths. You can also access the Dales and Peak District National Park for days out. The city of Derby is just 8 miles away. Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester are all within one hour travel.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We are an international community offering meditation classes and the opportunity to learn practical skills in new areas. In particular our kitchens and World Peace Cafe cook vegetarian/vegan food, so you can learn these cuisines.
The help required varies from cooking, working in our World Peace cafe, gardening, painting and decorating, maintenance and household. We also have various projects that you could get involved in at particular times.
Shared room - Male/Female
Alcohol and drugs are not allowed on the premises.
Returning to the Centre intoxicated or disorderly is not permitted.
All meals provided are either vegetarian or vegan.
All applicants welcome. Non UK applicants are limited to 30 working days on a 6 month tourist visa.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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