8 Days Volunteering and Spiritual Yoga Retreat in Belarus, Shanti DOM

Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Belarus

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Belarus.

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.

Retreat highlights

  • Silence day
  • Daily meditation class
  • Daily yoga classes with certified instructor
  • Organic meal 3 times a day
  • Free time to enjoy nature
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Russian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga deck
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi

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.

Shanti Dom Belarus Yoga Retreat Program

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.

Shanti Dom principles

Yoga

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.

Ecology

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.

Environment

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.

Vegetarianism

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.

Volunteering

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.

Local co-operation

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.

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake-up call
  • 06:00 Asana/pranayama/meditation
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Volunteering (Monday - Saturday)
  • 11:00 Philosophy class
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Free time
  • 16:00 Asana/pranayama/meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Bonfire/movie/satsang
  • 22:00 Lights off
  • Sunday - Day-off

Instructors

Alena Hluskina
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Sivananda Yoga)
Alena Hluskina is an E-RYT 500 registered with Yoga Alliance teacher. She has been teaching since 2012 mainly in Sivananda yoga tradition and been to India seven times where had practical experience in many different yoga types as Sivananda, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Iyengar. For Alena, yoga is the main life philosophy. She with her family lives at Shantidom all year round and teaches there yoga students from all over the world during yoga retreats and teacher training. Alena is a master of energy-informational rehabilitation and herbalist, so energy and herbal treatment can be also provided to visitors.

Retreat location

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.

Nearby places

  • Minsk, 50 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Swimming

General

  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Local market

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you may enjoy walks to discover the wonderful surroundings, practice some meditation, or simply relax among nature.

What's included

  • 3 times a day vegetarian meal + tea break
  • 2 yoga classes daily
  • 1 meditation class daily
  • 7 nights accommodation in tents

What's not included

  • Air tickets
  • Visa

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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