Learn to meditate and help with daily tasks in buddha-forest meditation center in GeoChang Gun, South Korea



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Our meditation center provides a place to practice Jhana and Vipassana meditation methods. The meditation master is a Korean monk. She was ordained as a monk in 1986 and traveled to Myanmar to practice Jhana and Vipassana for over ten years. This is the only place in Korea closely associated with the Myanmar meditation technique. Pa Auk meditation is also one of the methods that has gained worldwide attention. The main focus is to cultivate the power of concentration while cultivating the wisdom of Vipassana.

    Our meditation center is in a rural village in Gyeong Nam, GeoChang Gun. It is situated at an altitude of 720 meters above sea level and is surrounded by mountains. It is secluded and quiet. We have an apple, grape, and vegetable farm. The food here is organic, and 90% comes from our farm.

    Self-discipline and meditation are emphasized here. This would be a great place if you enjoy quiet and alone time. If you are an advanced meditator, we don't mind if you use your familiar meditation methods. If you are a beginner, we have a booklet explaining how to practice meditation. You can join the group meditation each evening. You can ask the monks about Buddhism and meditation anytime.

    We welcome those who would like to practice meditation and volunteer at our meditation center, such as in the kitchen, gardening, farm, building, or housework. Maintaining the meditation environment here is laborious and repetitive. Our work is sometimes easy and sometimes challenging, so you will get to know the other volunteers as you share in the work.

    The Meditation Center runs on donations, so yogis who want to meditate and volunteer here for long or short periods can come. The daily schedule is a bit early. To maintain the meditation center's environment and to be grateful for the devotees' hearts, everyone should try to conserve electricity and follow the rules honestly and responsibly.

    Because this is a meditation center, we help each other to cultivate their inner peace by keeping a few rules.

    1. No Loud Talking
    Loud conversations are prohibited in the Meditation Centre. During communal meal times (breakfast and lunch), you must focus on your meal and not talk. We do not prohibit volunteers from talking during dinner, but please do not talk loudly.

    2. Clothing
    Please be careful not to be overly revealing. You are advised to wear a comfortable shirt and knee-length trousers. You can bring a sun hat and work shoes.

    Waterproof work shoes and gloves are also available at the center, but it is better to bring comfortable shoes. Shoes and gloves are essential, especially for farm work.

    3. Please keep to the timetable
    Much work here is done in teams, so keeping to time will prevent others from waiting.

    4. Please save electricity
    The Meditation Centre is a donation-based non-profit organization, and electricity can be a huge expense. Please remember to switch off the lights.

    5. Please talk on the phone in areas such as in front of the office or around the Kobudo Hall. If you do not use the phone in dormitories or public areas, it will help others quickly gain peace.

    6. Electronic devices are strictly prohibited at the Meditation Centre. However, volunteers are allowed to use electronic devices for a limited time in the dining room, which has a wireless connection.

    This is a community life where we care for each other's well-being and peace so everyone can live together in harmony and meditation. If you would like to join us, please consider whether these rules might be troublesome for you.

    If you want to learn meditation and devotion at a meditation center, this could be a paradise for you. These rules are the cornerstone of every mediator and help everyone to live in harmony.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    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

    You can work five days, take two days off, or take something else. Of course, you can choose your rest days according to your preferences, but we encourage you to meditate. Rest days are up to you. You can use your holidays or breaks to go shopping or travel around the neighborhood. You can also travel further afield.

    In addition to the above conditions that may attract you here, we need to let you know that many people who come here to meditate have had their hearts broken and have been lost in life. They are no longer seeking something external but inner peace. They are seeking spiritual healing and reconciliation with their hearts.

    If you are very much after external things, this place becomes boring. Because meditators spend most of their time meditating, they have no recreational activities and do not socialize with people as often as they do in society. Also, if you find it unacceptable to follow the rules of the meditation center, please reconsider your application. Rules are the cornerstone of every mediator and help everyone live in harmony. If you enjoy meditation and have had experience with it, you will enjoy the rules as you will know their great benefits.

    The meditation center has a volunteer school teacher who teaches Korean twice weekly. There is also more study time during the Korean school holidays. There is a break during the Intensive Meditation Camp. Korean classes are not included in the working hours, so you can choose whether or not to attend.

    Yoga classes are held once a week or more frequently if the center has a suitable volunteer yoga teacher. Again, yoga classes are not included in working hours, so you can choose to attend.

    If you are looking for a quiet place that will allow you to face your mind and bring peace to your heart. This might be the right place for you because apart from the work, which is mostly teamwork, the rest of the time is when you can be alone in the backdrop that surrounds the mountains.

  • Help


    We are a large meditation center with an organic vegetable farm and apple orchard. We do gardening, farming, and landscape maintenance. Volunteers will help us with these tasks. In addition to farming, we pick flowers and wild vegetables in spring, summer, and autumn wherever possible and make them into food. We farm year-round except in the winter. If the weather permits, we spend time outdoors. Otherwise, we clean indoors and do indoor work such as kitchen, sewing, crafts, and carpentry.

    Indoor work, such as volunteers, helps us clean and organize the dormitories and kitchen, such as washing dishes, scrubbing floors, cleaning the kitchen, and helping out. We are also responsible for cleaning around the center. The least popular job in the kitchen is dishwashing, so we rotate volunteers to do this. In addition to plowing and gardening, there is a lot of work in the kitchen. This is because nearly 40+ meditators meditate here daily year-round.

    April, May, and June are spring months. The focus in spring is on plowing the land, gardening, and planting trees. Spring is also the season for picking mountain fruits and vegetables. July and August are the agricultural harvest seasons. Plowing and gardening remain our main outdoor activities, so you can eat many crops we grow in March and April. You can enjoy organic vegetables at your table grown at the meditation center.

    July and August are summer months. Summer has a charm that spring, autumn, and winter do not have. Most people don't like hot and humid weather, so I'll be honest: August is the hottest time of the year. But summer is still an essential season for agriculture. Of course, we're glad you're still willing to come in July and August. If you don't mind summer's sweltering heat and humidity, you can join us to listen to the beautiful cicadas.

    September, October, and November are the main harvest seasons, also known as autumn. Autumn is also the season for planting vegetables that can survive the winter. It is a colorful season with shades of color all over the hills. Volunteers will work year-round in agriculture, gardening, and building maintenance.

    Because this is a large meditation site with many meditators daily, the combination of meditation and volunteering makes this a great place to meditate. We need people who are interested in meditation and willing to serve. Please note that volunteer work will be laborious and repetitive. It is also important to note that there is no marketing income for the meditation center; we all live by giving. Much is recycled wherever possible, so if you are good at recycling and making things, we would like you to share your skills. For example, carpentry, crafting, sewing, carving, decorating, welding, and any skill that can recycle waste.

    Healthy, natural food, fresh mountain air, and, of course, above all, meditation are the primary purposes of our existence. The meditation center is open all day. We want everyone here to learn at least the basics of meditation. If you are looking for a quiet place to give service and a calm place to be alone, you are welcome to be here.

    ****However, Volunteers are expected to stay at the meditation center for at least two weeks to gain experience in meditation and service. We encourage volunteers who wish to join us to stay at the center for at least two weeks.

    ****Before entering Korea, please be sure to check whether you need to apply to obtain a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA)

  • Languages spoken

    Korean: Fluent
    Malay: Fluent
    Chinese (Mandarin): Fluent
    English: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    According to the Meditation Center rules, every volunteer has a single room ( with an attached bathroom or shared bathroom, depending on the condition).

    However, if there are exceptional circumstances, such as a sudden influx of applicants during an Intensive Meditation Camp, the volunteers will have to move rooms from one room to another. Depending on your plans, we will let you know if one of your planned days coincides with the Intensive Meditation Camp.

    The Meditation Center values all-day meditation, and maintaining the motivation to meditate all day is something we take into consideration.

    The food here is a buffet of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. If you are a vegetarian, you can skip it.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This meditation center has been successfully registered as a monastery that can offer TEMPLE STAYS, though. The center encourages people to learn meditation and bring meditation to life; unlike other temple-stay monasteries, there is no charge for staying here.

  • 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

    4 - 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, two days off

Host ref number: 974932799664

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