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At Shanti Dom, volunteering and selfless service are an important part of each day. With open hearts and open minds, we create a unique world far away from habitual social and material life. This is a place where an action is guided by love and goodwill, where we follow the rules of purity and humanity. We believe in a happy and harmonious life in close contact with Nature, and Self. We understand our responsibility for this world and its resources and believe that the present and future of our world depends on each of us.
Currently, you will stay in a tent camp on the territory of the homestead. Please bring your personal sleeping-bag with yourself. You can probably join other participants in their tents, so please contact Shanti Dom in advance if you don't have a tent. Don't forget your own sleeping bag. This summer we are planning to rebuild a big room inside the house for 6 - 10 people.
During this retreat, you will enjoy two daily yoga classes along with wonderful morning self-meditation practices. You will also experience seminars and workshops through the week. You will have the opportunity to experience volunteering and humanitarian work, and a day dedicated to silence. All these activities will be complemented with daily organic meals and plenty of time to explore the surroundings or relax during your free day on Sunday.
Yogic philosophy and practice create the environment here at ShantiDom. Practice of asanas, pranayama, meditation, nonviolence, honesty, acceptance, selfless service and many other aspects of yoga create a very healthy, bright and positive atmosphere among everyone here.
We eliminate usage of chemical elements in construction, farming and other spheres of our life. We use only natural compost in our garden so the vegetables and fruits we grow are absolutely organic and eco-friendly. We do not leave any garbage behind us, everything is recycled by us or by special organizations.
We take care of the surrounding flora and fauna, cleaning the nearest forests and rivers, constructing bridges, building houses for the birds and ants, etc. One of our next projects is the renovation of a marshland that is attached to our farm.
We eat only vegetarian food (including dairy). Some vegetables and fruits are grown in our garden, the rest we get from local organic farms. We practice this diet for many reasons but especially because we don’t believe in violence. Since we don’t eat any type of meat there is always other protein (beans, nuts, dairy, etc.) in our daily ration.
We are always happy to welcome volunteers ready to help us to create this small and bright island of harmony and happiness. We don’t use any paid work in the project (except for a few things we can’t physically make without professionals), so any type of help is both needed and highly appreciated. Profit made by the project goes towards its further development. Our progress is attained thanks to the enthusiasts from all over the world.
There are several small villages around us, and each of them has many elderly people who live alone and are happy to receive any help from us. We look after their animals, work in their gardens, and help clean their houses. They thank us with fresh cow milk, honey, and precious gratitude.
This retreat will be held at Shanti Dom in the Minsk region, Belarus. Belarus is located in Eastern Europe and Shanti Dom is nestled in the Boroviki village in the Volozhin district just 50 kilometers away from Minsk.
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Food is only vegetarian, we eat together 3 times a day plus one tea break. All meals we cook ourselves using different vegetables and fruits from our organic garden as well as some extra products we get from the nearest organic farms or in town (Invents is 5 kilometers far away from Shanti Dom). The menu is well-balanced and based on the Ayurvedic system.
During your free time, you may enjoy walks to discover the wonderful surroundings, practice some meditation, or simply relax among nature.
Please book your flights to arrive at Minsk National Airport (MSQ). If you arrive at the international airport, you need to take a public bus or taxi to Minsk central bus station. There is a daily bus going to Boroviki village (Volozhin district), it's about 50 kilometers from Minsk. There is an option to join other visitors going by car from Minsk.