Little Paradise is a meditation and retreat center offering 'best' conditions for people on individual retreat. People visiting the house have reported the following learnings from the stay with us: - establishing or intensifying a daily meditation routine, - experiencing (deep) inner peace and stillness, - broad learning about a multitude of questions (concerning inner work and spirituality) that might have arisen during their stay with us, - visions/ideas and motivation to proceed with new projects in their lives. You are welcome as a volunteer if you: - enjoy deep (inner) silence, - like to meditate with us, twice daily, - like to pay attention to detail and precision in your work and most everything you do, - would like to reduce your digital media intake to what is necessary, during your stay with us, - are 'experienced' on the spiritual path: You have your own spiritual practice and MUST have been on a spiritual retreat before, You need to have your own practices and topics that you want to work or focus on as otherwise you will be bored quickly. Beginners on the spiritual path were oftentimes not happy here, as we just "live" a deep spiritual focus that has some elements of monastic life. We do not offer specific schooling or teaching, but the house provides support for your own efforts in a multitude of ways. For some volunteers, the stay with us has been truly transformational. Of course, this is very much dependent upon the individual person coming.
In the house, we aim to combine a detached clarity (and a certain strictness that is necessary for this clarity) with a more female warmth and caring when hosting our guests. We are two permanent residents and offer three private guestrooms (and one for the volunteers). Volunteers oftentimes become half family, half guest, half employee, half meditation companion. They become part of the ever-changing small community that resides in our place. It is mostly up to the individual volunteer in how far they prefer to socialize, lose themselves in nature or meditation or just enjoy a mix of all of this. We are intense meditators and like to meditate for 3-4 hours, daily (morning and evening group meditations). Volunteers are expected to have an interest in meditation and going inwards. On the date of your arrival please arrive no later than 6.30 pm. Later check-in is not possible.
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This was my first volunteering experience and it was incredible! Maria and Antje have created a wonderful community and space where you can truly relax and get in touch with nature. The nearby area is also great with beautiful forests and lakes, or cities if you're looking to explore that instead. The work (gardening) sometimes got a little physically demanding but it was always fulfilling and satisfying with the hours being exactly what was promised. I recommend Little Paradise to anyone looking for the perfect place to look inward or relax.
about 2 months ago
It is hard to write a review about something that can't really be put in words - this experience will stay with me forever. Learned a lot about myself and others during my 2 weeks with Maria and Antje (and their cats of course :)) If you come with an open heart, this place will do wonders. I will definitely return. Regarding the practical things - the work was very easy and is not really work if you feel like you are part of a home.
3 months ago
Volunteering in Little Paradise was one of the best choices I've made recently. Initially I intended to explore Hamburg and its surroundings, but ended up staying in this beautiful home filled with spirituality and openness to all cultures and religions with the beautiful Maria and Anjche. They are very nice and explain the tasks that need to be done very smoothly. I can only be grateful for all the beautiful times I had with myself and them there. Thank you very much and I look forward to coming again❤️❤️❤️
4 months ago
It was completely amazing! Maria and Antje are fantastic hosts, they made me feel super comfortable.
The working hours and the work are really fair; the house is fantastic (especially the garden!); the food is always fresh and good; the guests are super friendly; the region is so beautiful with lakes and forests.
But more than that, having two meditations per day and an environment that helps you to think about what is really important in life, to stay in the present and to learn to listen to your heart is the thing that made this experience so special for me. Magical and life changing!
about 1 year ago
I cannot say enough about Little Paradise. This was my second time back and was even more magical than the first. The space is absolutely beautiful and Maria and Antia dedicate their lives to serving others, which is what makes the experience so authentic and genuine.
I highly recommend to anyone following a spiritual practice, to further yourself by volunteering in this space. It is magical and the hosts are wonderful.
about 1 year ago