HARE KRISHNA. This is the greeting you will hear at Villa Vrindavana whenever you meet a devotee of Krishna.
First of all, thank you for being here, both for the desire to know better who we are, what life we do, what we offer or even for simple curiosity.
The place where we are located is on the slopes of the Chianti hills in the Tuscany region. The main building is a sumptuous Renaissance villa dating back to the first half of the sixteenth century. The villa dominates the eighty hectares of property, with its luxuriant wood and its thousands of olive trees. There is the classic Italian garden with a central fountain that welcomes visitors. Beautiful exotic plants grace it and the peacock roams freely around the property. The view all around is breathtaking!
Villa Vrindavana is very close to Florence and only 45 minutes from Siena and San Gimignano, medieval places that attract thousands of tourists and art lovers every day. Villa Vrindavana also has its own museum with paintings and statues with references to the Vedic epic.
The lifestyle in this unique place is based on the teachings of ancient Vedic texts such as the Bhagavad-gita which promote harmony, simplicity, devotion and realization of our true self with the Absolute.
Many spiritually inclined or simply curious people visit this place to experience ashram life where they can participate in Krishna Bhakti practices.
The heart of this place is the Temple, available for silent meditation, for participation in conferences, Vedic ceremonies and bhajans and kirtans (different types of devotional chants).
There are various opportunities for volunteers to engage in yoga, in meditation (japa) and other spiritual activities in addition to carrying out the required daily activities such as helping with general maintenance, cleaning the kitchen and common and non-common spaces, care of the garden, orchard, cows, etc.
The accommodation is a dormitory shared between people of the same gender. We offer three vegetarian meals (with some vegan dishes) per day.
Volunteers must help for at least 5 hours a day, 6 days a week. The day off per week must be established with the service manager according to needs.
The minimum period they can stay is two weeks, renewable if both parties are satisfied, up to a maximum of two months, but this is contingent on the volunteer’s desire to experience ashram life on a deeper level.
During the summer, you can also swim in our natural lake located between the fields and the woods.
GUYS, it’s a deep learning experience! We offer a different lifestyle, intercultural exchanges, practice of different languages. Our place is unique because it is multicultural as there are many people from all over the world. For sure you will come out enriched!
The place is easily reachable by bus from Florence. How will be explained to you in details privately.
Volunteers will help us in several ways; with cleaning on our farm, helping us with agriculture, gardening or with the cows. Sometimes we need someone to help us in the kitchen and with the maintenance of the place. In the community kitchen, volunteers will not cook directly, but will only help keep it clean, wash the pots and the floor with the assistance of a supervisor, and even cut the vegetables. Whenever possible, volunteers will carry out the services together.
As this is a community that spreads non-violence and a virtuous lifestyle, it is not allowed to eat meat, fish or eggs, drink alcohol, take drugs or any exciting and intoxicating substance.
The dress code must be in keeping with the spiritual place that it is; so women are not allowed to dress in shorts or short skirts, with low-cut and sleeveless shirts, and with clothes that are too tight. Men are not allowed to go around bare-chested or in a tank top. Please note that we do not provide towels.
We welcome all honest, friendly and hardworking helpers in exchange for a beautiful and unique experience.
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