Amoraleza is a strictly vegetarian (no meat or fish) community, free from alcohol and drugs. Before coming to join us, please read and agree to the Community Rules.
Mission of our Volunteer Program:
The Mission of our Volunteer Program is to provide a mutually beneficial space for personal development, learning and spiritual evolution. It is a chance to connect more deeply with Nature, learn about permaculture, nutrition and neo-shamanism and experience the creation of community. We offer an opportunity for others to become involved in our project and get hands on experience in low-impact, natural living.
As we are working towards creating a more sustainable, long-term community, we rely on volunteers to help keep the project moving forward and are grateful for the passion, devotion, skills and experience each volunteer brings with him/her.
We are looking for dynamic, motivated people who share our passion for health, ecology and spirituality and would like to help with the creation of a sustainable model of living, as close as possible to Nature. Skills are an asset, but depending on the projects we are working on, not necessary.
Current long-term volunteer positions:
Short Term Volunteers:
For those coming on a work exchange. We can only host a limited number of short-term volunteers. When these places are filled, any extra volunteers will be considered as visiting volunteers (see below). We are especially looking for people who can help with physical labour or have special skills.
Minimum length of stay: 1 month
Work hours/week: 25 hours
Days off: 2 days/week
Accommodation: Camping or basic accommodation in caravan, bell tent or yurt (during colder months)
Financial contribution: 20€/week
We do not offer volunteer exchange for participation in our retreats.
For visitors who would like to get involved during their time with us and get a feel for working together as a community.
Minimum stay: 1 week
Work hours/day: 4 hours
Financial contribution: 10€/day
Our long-term volunteer positions are for those who would like to become more deeply involved in community life, project management or are considering joining the community on a more permanent basis. It is an opportunity to experience the development on an intentional community and share skills and talents to help create a new way of living.
Our philosophy is one of service and we invite you to leave behind all systems and paradigms that you are used to and to discover something new during you stay with us. At Amoraleza, life and work are inseparable and you can expect to get out of the community what you put in. Community life is not always easy, as there are many projects going on at once and often involve physical labour in all weather conditions. Work at Amoraleza is an invitation to examine the possibility of finding a source of deep satisfaction in what you are doing, to nourish the sense of purpose in your life.
Each year, we welcome many visitors and volunteers who join us to experience community living. We invite you to contribute your valuable time and energy to allow us to carry on developing this unique place, in order to create something new and serve the world around us.
By playing a role in our community, you can expect to learn a lot about yourselves and how to live in harmony with the world around you, with the support of a community that tries to balance work, free time and celebration.
We welcome people from all walks of life and give great value to diversity. We invite you to consider “not what you can the community do for you, but what can you do for your community.” Your skills, experience, culture and values are likely to be opportunities for growth and learning within the community and we ask that you come ready to share them with us.
We give preference to those who have already joined us at Amoraleza as short-term volunteers and have participated in our Sacred Plants Retreats. We also consider people who have experience working with Ayahuasca or have worked at retreat centers, organised events or cooked for large groups of people.
Minimum stay: mid-March/April-October
Work hours/week: 25 hours
Days off: 2 days/week
Accommodation: bell tent
Financial contribution: none
What is expected of volunteers?:
Have a positive attitude & share in community processes
Work as a team and follow the community rhythm
Respect the community rules
Be prompt and reliable
Be clean and tidy and have good personal hygiene
Fulfill the required number of volunteer hours / week
Care for communal spaces (kitchen, toilets, showers, internet bus, pool, dome, etc.)
Respect the property of the community and pay for any damages
Keep personal space clean & tidy
Put all tools and materials back to where they belong each day
Before leaving, clean personal space
Benefits of volunteering:
A unique community learning experience
Disconnect from fast-paced city life
Reconnect with Nature.
Learn about health and nutrition
Discover and reap the benefits of eating a simple, mostly organic, high-vibration, high-raw diet.
Live in an environment that supports the releasing of negative patterns and addictions.
Learn about shamanism and power plants
The type and schedule of the work is defined by the organizers and though we try to accommodate everyone's needs, it is not always possible to take into account individual preferences.
Volunteers are welcome to use most facilities, with the exception of the stone house, rental accommodation and personal spaces of other community members.
Volunteers are asked not to remove anything from rental accommodation spaces, private or communal spaces for personal use. If you need something please ask the volunteer coordinator.
When we have a large group of people on the land, we take responsibility for preparing all meals. If we are only a small group of people, volunteers may be responsible for preparing their own breakfast and dinner and all meals on days off with the ingredients provided, as well as leaving the kitchen clean.
We cannot accommodate special diets, so anyone wishing to follow a special diet (as long as it complies with the community rules) is responsible for providing all their own food at their own expense.
Volunteers who would like to undertake a period of cleansing or fasting that may hinder their ability to fulfill the agreed work contribution will be asked to pay an extra contribution during the days they are unavailable. This must be agreed upon with organizers to ensure it does not disturb the general organization.
We encourage all people staying with us to limit their Internet and mobile phone time and ask that electronic devices are not used in communal areas or during social gatherings.
The daily rhythm depends on the season, projects and events we are holding. As we follow the rhythm of the sun and the seasons, our daily rhythm changes throughout the year and can vary due to certain project or event needs. Long-term volunteers follow a slightly different and more flexible daily schedule than other volunteers. The number of help hours and starting and ending times will vary depending on the projects we are working on. We work as a team, so although we generally ask for 25 hours per week, with 2 days off, sometimes during retreats we may need to pull together and work a little more. We coordinate our activities on a daily basis, either the night before or in the morning at 9:30am.
Depending on who is here, a community member may focalise an early morning meditation or yoga session for those who are interested in participating. Breakfast is served around 8:30 and we begin work at 10 am. During the cooler months we work until 2pm and then stop for lunch and during the summer we work a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the evening, once it begins to cool down. This leaves plenty of time for the pursuit of personal projects and relaxation.
Each month we have a volunteer review to assure that the relationship continues to be mutually beneficial. Volunteers may be asked to leave if they do not fulfil their agreements, share the community values, follow rules or otherwise hinder the cohesiveness of the group.