Hermitage taoïste dans les hauteurs des Andes en Equateur



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    This place, located in this amazingly pure area of the world, is a quiet little qigong retreat for people to come and learn. The main goal here is to grow enough food to be self sustainable. We have some gardens and are starting on a permaculture food forest here. There is also some house work to do, like repainting some walls inside and outside, and digging.

    We are close to the top of the Andes mountains and to the Podacarpus National Park, which has more biodiversity than any other place on Earth. All the neighbors are far down the mountain and can neither be seen nor heard. It has been found this area has the cleanest air and purest water in the world, and many people comment on the peacefulness and strong sparkling energy they feel in this high altitude paradise.

    So this is a special place where you can enjoy purity of nature along with some chi kung (qigong) if you wish. Due to our remote location and to the 'virus' there are usually no students here, and so you should expect to be alone. Therefore it is best for rugged individualists or for someone who comes with a friend.

    This is the wrong place for those who say they want to come here to learn the culture, because we are rather isolated from the locals, however, you can walk on a steep and difficult trail which is not safe when wet, to the nearest sleepy little mountain town of Yangana.
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    We provide all your basic food needs like some fruit (seasonal) that grows here plus foods like Oatmeal, bananas, rice, eggs, pasta, bread, cooking oil, potatoes, carrots, etc. Yolanta can provide some daily greens from the garden when available. Everything you need, but if you want any other favorite foods, like chocolate, olive oil, avocados, coffee, tomatoes, bell peppers, sardines, hamburger, etc. you will be needing to buy those supplies in town. There is a kitchen for volunteers so that you can prepare your meals as you wish.

    Make sure to check the suggested list of supplies that you should bring.

    It gets cold at night,and it gets colder when it is clear at night up here closer to outer space. So bring warm layers.

    Those with degenerative diseases and those who take injectable medicines or drugs are not allowed.

    Drinkers and smokers are not allowed.

    If you think the world is flat then don't come here.

    Steve and Yolanta

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    This is a special place, remote, in the high montains, a beautiful environment, and peaceful, with singing birds and blooming flowers. There are many medicinal plants growing wild here close to the crest of the mighty Andes Mountain Range. We are close to the giant Podacarpus National Park, a cloud forest which runs along the top of the continental divide and has the most biodiversity of any place on Earth; and we can see the local highest mountain peak and the top ridge of the continental divide, to which we can drive in an hour.

    Steve is a Taoist master and can answer questions about Taoist philosophy, meditation, tai chi, chi kung, and kung fu. If you are a student of tai chi or kung fu we can practice those as well as the chi kung.

    We are on a private road that goes way up into the rugged mountain wilderness, which you are welcome to walk on, with or without the dogs. There are also many trails going all over the property here, some going to interesting and exotic little hiding places, which make good meditation spots. what is special about this place is the clean energy which is not disrupted by other groups of people.

    We have German Shepherds, cats, horses, a baby mule, almost no mosquitos, and a saddle for the horses.

    Due to the virus situation we'll be limiting volunteers to one or two at a time.

  • Aide


    The help around here consists of gardening, orchard, and house improvements. There is quite a lot of weeding to do, plus clearing grass from around fruit trees. Some of the weeding around the fruit trees can be done sitting on the ground to do your work. Sitting on the ground in a wonderful, beautiful setting, abounding with sparkling energy can be a very rewarding meditational experience.

    There is beginning to be a problem with invasive foreign weeds that tend to take over because the insects that eat them were not imported along with them. So a lot of the more urgent work is to roam the roads and trails pulling the weeds where possible, and if they are to tough to pull, then cutting them off at the ground. We don't use chemical weed killers but will start experimenting with salt spray.

    There is weed whacking to cut grass and cut down brush, so we like to have people who have experience weed whacking, and we often use a steel blade rather than string. Sometimes there are trees to plant. There is a need to remove low tree branches to clear paths for the horses. Weeding is easy and meditational, but it can be boring. Digging holes in hard ground and chopping branches is hard work in the sometimes hot sun. In short, plenty of the tasks are physically demanding and you will get your hands dirty. so if you haven't done that kind of activities before, or are easily bored, then don't plan on starting here. We prefer more mature people with some experience rather than immature people who want a free vacation.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant
    Polonais: Courant

  • Hébergement


    Volunteers accommodations consist of little wood "A" frame cabins with metal roofs. It is a little like camping, with a dry composting toilet. It is not like volunteering at a hotel where you can go down the hall to your room and have electricity or lights. It requires the more rugged and tougher people, so a more mature audience is preferred here.

    Although it may sound nice at first, we find that many single people can not stand to be alone in the wilderness for more than two days so either you should be a rugged individualist, or come with a friend.

    We have started providing wifi to make you stay more comfortable.

    WHAT TO BRING: Due to the semi-camping nature of the volunteer camp, which we call Indian Village because the last people that lived there were the Incas, you should bring some supplies which you wouldn't be needing if you volunteered at a hotel, for example. Following is a suggested list. Some of these items depend on the season: rainy season, misty season, or dry season.

    1. Light/medium weight sleeping bag.
    2. .some layers of insulated thermal pants and shirts to stay warm in the cold evenings.
    3. Towel, washcloth, your own soap and shampoo.
    4. Flashlight and/or headlight.
    5. Hiking boots or tough boots and good sandals (optional), (not flip flops).
    6. Warm jacket and possibly rain jacket depending on the season, umbrellas are good.
    7. Ultraviolet proof sun glasses.
    8. Full brim sun hat (not baseball cap), and warm hat (optional)
    9. Lightweight long sleeve shirts and long pants for sun and ultraviolet protection, cotton is best.
    10. Bring food that you like which we don't provide, check the food listing above.

    In order to let us know that you have read this far and are not doing a mass mailing write: 'hi Starjumper' as your intro to your message to us.

    Optional items you may want:
    11. Water bottle and water filter. We have filtered water available but there are springs in various places where you can also get water.
    12. Insulated mug for tea or coffee.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    During time off there are places to hike in the mountains from here, from ridge and mountaintops with very long views of endless mountains to deep dark canyons with waterfalls. You can find beautiful private spots to meditate in. You can go to the popular nearby tourist town of Vilcabamba for partying and socializing.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    There is a big flat spot not too far from the house. At this time there is no water or sewer there, but water can be arranged.

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    20 Hours a week (4 hours X 5 days)

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