“To truly volunteer means to love!”

Vision

The Mindfulness Project is part of a global movement which wants to make a difference. We deeply believe that all the solutions for our current problems are already out there and we only have to tie the strings together into a healthy and healing system where we combine natural building, organic farming, alternative energies and water systems with a strong emphasis on personal growth and meditation.
Albert Einstein once said, that a problem can NEVER be solved with the same mind state that created that problem. So we deeply believe that a change has to start with our own mind and heart. The development of your full potential, your creativity, your liveliness is so much more important than houses, gardens and structures. And the old traditions show us the way! We create an atmosphere where people feel at home and we work and life together like one big family.

What you will learn and work on

We operate since 2012, but we will move in January 2016 to a new site. So we will start from the very scratch. It will be a fascinating process and you can learn everything with hands-on experiences like water harvesting structures, natural buildings, starting permaculture gardens, installing alternative energy, building with natural stones, earth bag building and so much more! And the whole community will have mosaic on every building. Incredible art! We will rock it and it will be a once in a lifetime experience!
Also you will get daily teachings in Yoga, Meditation and teachings about topics like Psychology, Non-violent communication, Permaculture and much more!

Our schedule and important informations

We will take you on an incredible journey of self transformation. This involves a deep willingness to involve in our activities, waking up very early and work hard for this planet and the people around us. Drugs and alcohol are strictly forbidden during the whole time of your stay. You will experience a lot of beautiful moments of meeting and helping Thai people but it also means that you need to be able to adjust to Thai culture, especially the dress-code.

Food

The Mindfulness Project is known for it’s extremely delicious and healthy food. We cook two large and super tasty vegetarian meals per day.
This will boost your immune system and puts you on a path to yummy healthy cuisine! Encounter how incredible healthy food can taste!
But the most amazing thing is that we cook with our volunteers together so that everybody is contributing to the preparation of the meals. By that we have incredible meals from all around the globe every day and learn from each other the fascinating secrets of other cultures and food. We can cater for vegan, gluten free and most allergies.

Who are our volunteers

People are attracted to the Mindfulness Project because they are interested in Meditation and personal growth as well as in creative expression and care for the environment and nature. We have a vision of how our project will be, but we want you to become a real part of the project for the time you are here instead of just a helper. That means that we are happy if you contribute your creativity, your ideas and visions and help to make it more diverse, interesting and happy. So you can design the mosaic, help us with ideas for our mindfulness clothes, films, photos, structure, business ideas etc. We have Yoga-teachers, crafts people and expert of different faculties coming to our project.
Our dream is to make this place into a learning and healing center for alternative living and helping people as much as possible. There are no limits and we provide a space, where we can all learn from each other and most important can make mistakes. The Mindfulness Family welcomes you to emerge on an incredible journey inside! And we are just beginning. So you can be part of the magic of the very start! Our minimum stay is 10 days. We are deeply dedicated to make inner and outer change and we are looking for people who want to join in this adventure which means hard work, mentally and physically and be content with very basic facilities!

Costs and facilities

The accommodation and food is free in exchange for the work you do. But for the yoga (45 Minutes/day) and meditation teaching(up to 2.5 hours/day) as well as the evening lectures (up to 2 hours/day) we charge 200 baht (5 Euro/6 dollars) a day. Because of our minimum stay of 10 days you will be asked for 2000 baht (non refundable) in the beginning and every day on top will be charged daily.
The facilities are very basic. You will be living in dorms with people from all over the world together. We have 3 inside showers and toilets and 3 outdoor showers. Mosquito nets, mats and pillows as well as Yoga mats are provided. But please bring a blanket to sleep on.

English teacher wanted!

Mindfulness project is searching for a English Teacher!

We are looking for an English Teacher that would like to work at the child foundation Baan Luuk Rak in Khon Kaen. This heartful place is taking care of 40 children who, for various reasons, can’t live at home any more. They would love to add a member to the team that could teach English and help take care of the children. We are looking for you if you are an independent teacher who can create your own curriculum and who understands that teaching is about creating a space for humans to grow. You must be excited to take on the challenge to live and work at a place where you can experience Thai life fully, the challenges as well as the rewards. Baan Luuk Rak is looking for a teacher as soon as possible for a minimum of three months. There is a room at the foundation where the teacher could stay and breakfast, lunch and dinner will be together with the children. The Mindfulness project can provide support in the form of coaching and feedback. We also would love to come and help out with the lessons once in a while! And of course the teacher could join us for Buddha Day teachings and meditation once a week when we are in the monastery in Khon Kaen. Are you interested or would you like to know more? Feel free to contact us: info@mindfulness-project.org

How to find us?

Download here our PDF with directions how to get to us. It contains detailed descriptions and photos so you will have no problem finding us. Let´s start your adventure!

What to bring?

  • Clothes for work in that can get dirty.
  • Clothes that cover knees and shoulders to wear in the monastery.
  • We sleep on mattresses on the floor: please bring bedsheets and in the cold season a sleeping bag.
  • A torch to go to the toilet at night without waking everybody up.
  • We have basic cushions, but if you need more comfort bring your own.
  • Natural mosquito repellent.
  • All your enthusiasm.

How to make us happy?

We get asked a lot what one can bring from home. So here is our list what you can bring if you want to make us happy :

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Half of our team are raw foodists. For a balanced diet it is necessary to ensure that your protein intake is sufficient. Especially when working hard proteins play a vital role in a healthy plant based diet. Hemp has the best protein.

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We constantly support schools and orphanages in Thailand and one thing they need are english books. You can also help teaching english in the local school!

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We love to learn and we love to spread the word! So if you have interesting books about Permaculture, gardening, health, spirituality, nutrition etc. please bring them!

Frequent asked questions

This will answer most of your questions :

We try to apply Mindfulness to any action we are doing during the day. In order to train this we keep the morning in noble silence until after breakfast. After that we love to chat and talk and have fun !
We all share a large dormitory, sleeping on mats on the floor, separated by mosquito nets.
We don’t have internet, but there is the possibility of internet sometimes in the nearby village, and on the weekly free day. And there are plenty of people to talk to instead!
The form of work exchange offered on the WWOOF website implies that the ratio of giving and taking is balanced. In our project you will get really delicious and super healthy food and accommodation for 5 hours of work a day. But on top of that we offer 60 minutes of yoga, 30 minutes of guided meditation, teachings on earthbuilding techniques, gardening and permaculture as well as giving 1-3 hours teachings every evening about non violent communication, Buddhist philosophy and meditation as well as other ways of mind training.

On the weekends we attend Buddhist ceremonies with 100-200 Thai people. We get teachings from our teacher who is one of three directors of the second largest Buddhist monastery in Thailand. He got a prize from the Queen of Thailand for his exceptional work and is involved in the process of the ASEAN union. You have the opportunity to get a unique insight into Thai life and culture like hardly any project in Thailand can offer.

 

These up to 6,5 hours extra teachings daily is offered, as well as food and accommodation for just a very small fee. In addition we are a charity which focuses on creating a strong community and preserve the forest. We are incredibly dedicated to make a difference on this planet and thrive for a future for everybody and people love to come here to help us in any way.

Download our PDF with directions how to get to us from the top of the page. It contains detailed descriptions and photos so you will have no problem finding us. Let´s start your adventure!
Our booking calender is updated daily and if it says we are full, then we are full, even if just for one day. We understand that this is frustrating but we want to provide the best experience possible for our volunteers and overbooking makes life quite unpleasant here as our site has limited resources in terms of the kitchen, yoga space and toilets, as well as sleeping space.

Please refrain from e-mailing us to ask if the calendar says it is not possible.

We ask people to stay for a minimum of 10 days as we have experienced this is the absolute minimum time necessary to fully immerse yourself in the project lifestyle. We try to build a community here based on trust and open communication and this is just not possible if people are arriving and leaving any more frequently. We also want you to have the full experience, to go really deeply into meditation and personal development, and this has to include a Buddha day ritual in the Thai monastery. Staying any shorter a time not only limits your experience, but also limits the experience of other volunteers.

What they say about us

  • WOW !!! What an incredible experience. This has to have been the most impacting experience of my life.
  • I cannot put into words the impact this project had on my way of thinking about life, myself and other people.
  • I stayed at the project for a total of 40 days and still cannot believe the number of amazing experiences I had.
  • I never could have predicted how enriching and meaningful my time would be at this project. These guys rock, and so does their vision.
  • We learned so much from them about building, gardening, cooking, as well as meditation and Buddhist living.

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This video will give you a better insight in our project, our activities and who we are.

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