Ananda Gaorii Master Unit
We are developing a yoga lifestyle community and education center offering trainings in yoga, meditation and ayurveda on our farm located in the picturesque hilly Danish countryside in north-west Sjælland. There are long sandy ocean beaches nearby as well as a beautiful forest area for walks in nature.
The farm is organic and our aim is to gradually reach self-sufficiency in food. In time an eco-village based on yogic principles and ecological lifestyle will be developed around the farm. Our vision includes researching farming practices of various cultures and combining them in a new way of farming that respects nature and yields nutritious and healthy food. We also wish to participate in the surrounding rural community and help in developing a balanced and harmonious economy and society. We have 20 hectares of land, of which about 15 hectares are fields. The four buildings on the farm are built mainly in traditional Danish style. We are heating the house by a newly installed earth-warmth (geothermic) heating system and will install a Finnish style sauna.
In the future there will be possibilities for permaculture, keeping bees or herding cows. We have 50 fruit trees and we will begin cultivating a vegetable garden this year. Next year we plan to extend our farming activities to the fields.
Early in 2011 we had a fire which burned down one of the residential buildings. Fortunately it was covered by insurance and we will use the money to design a new and better building as well as renovate our showers and toilets and install heating in the meditation hall.
This year also we were able to purchase one of the adjacent properties with a 200 year old farmhouse a further 3 hectares of land.
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Opportunities to volunteer at Ananda Gaorii include:
– Renovation and construction work, forestry, farming and gardening
– Helping in the kitchen cooking healthy vegetarian food
– Helping to renovate, starting a greenhouse and herb garden
– Or contributing your own ideas/expertise on how to further develop the project and community.
– It is also possible to live at the farm and work in town.
The beautiful landscapes of Sjælland offer a clean and unspoiled environment for recreation such as bicycling and trekking. We offer learning opportunities, instruction in yoga and meditation and personal guidance on the spiritual path. Our ayurvedic clinic offers holistic treatment and permanent relief for chronic illnesses.
You’re welcome to visit throughout the year, but please contact us and make arrangements with us beforehand. Volunteers are entitled to free food and accommodation. However, donations are welcome! People who wish to live at the farm but work at other locations are expected to pay 350€/month for accommodation and meals.
The nearest airports are Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (90km), Malmö (Sweden) (140km) and Århus airport (105km). The nearest main train station is Holbaek (20km) with a smaller service running to Vig (5km).
If you arrive by train we will pick you up from the station when notified in advance. It is possible to reach by car from all over Europe. For more accurate directions on how to reach here by car please contact us by e-mail or phone. Welcome!