Sustainable Living Lab

Sustainable Living Lab

Ananda Gaorii Ashram, Farm and Learning Center - a project of Ananda Marga Danmark

Vig, Denmark

Activity description

This is an experiential learning project focusing on spirituality, sustainability and community. It is located at Ananda Gaorii Ashram, Farm and Learning Center one hour drive from Copenhagen. Ananda Gaorii offers retreats and workshops on the topics of yoga and meditation, health, art and creativity, personal growth, organic food growing, alternative economic models and other topics associated with personal and social change. We also host volunteers from around the world seeking a more meaningful and sustainable way of life. We have an organic bakery and grow organic veggies in our garden. Meditation is a major part of our daily routine and we follow a lacto-vegetarian diet. Volunteer tasks include mostly garden work, bee-keeping, renovation and construction, cooking and cleaning, event organizing and hosting, community activities and group facilitation, social media promotion and marketing. As we live in a community, we do regular household chores to maintain the house.

Accommodation, food and transport arrangements

Accommodation is provided in shared rooms and dormitories depending on the number of volunteers present. Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and non-vegetarian food are not permitted on the premises. We follow the Yogic vegetarian diet in which dairy products are permitted but meat, fish, eggs, onion, garlic and mushrooms are not permitted. (We have many vegans also.) Public transport is available to the nearby town of Vig and to Copenhagen. Note: The food we eat is a combination of food we grow and donated food.

Training during the activity

Volunteers will be given guidance and coaching in meditation and those who have an interest and aptitude can also take yoga teacher training that happens throughout the year. Organic food growing is learned through practice (from other volunteers with varying skill levels and from personal research and experimentation) and there are workshops on permaculture & various DIY topics. Weekly classes on yoga philosophy are offered. Volunteers will learn various practical skills such as vegetarian cooking, group facilitation and handyman skills through participation in the daily work of the Ashram.

Participant profile

We seek volunteers with a strong interest in community living and ready to take an active role in community life. The priority is given to those skilled in 1) gardening, permaculture, bee-keeping, carpentry, car/bike/appliance repair, cooking; 2) group facilitation, youth work, conflict resolution, NVC; 3) event planning, social media, marketing, graphic design, video production, fund-raising, project & people management; 4) teaching yoga and meditation. Volunteers should have a strong interest in meditation - prepared to practice on a daily basis. Cigarettes, drugs & alcohol not permitted.

Activity dates

A total of 38 week(s) during the period 01/10/2021 to 30/11/2022

Activity location

Holbækvej 56, 4560 Vig Denmark

Looking for participants from

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Georgia, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Montenegro, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Russian Federation, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Activity topics

Environment and natural protection

Health and wellbeing

Creativity and culture

Deadline for applications

No application deadline