WORK CAMP: HELP BUILDING THE CAMP!

Building: Tuesday 20 June - Saturday 22 July 2017
Saturday 19 August - approx. 5 September 2017

For more than twenty years, at an altitude of four thousand six hundred feet (1500 m) in the Ticino Alps, we build our meditation camp each summer with a group of about 25 volunteers.

If you're interested in spirituality, feel like doing physical work in a group and love participating in the group process, this is a wonderful place to grow.

We eat, work, sing, walk, talk and share, have saunas, dance, laugh, meditate and celebrate with each other. Whether young or old, man or woman, handyman or not, everyone is welcome!

We need four and a half weeks to build the Camp, followed by four weeks of Camp - and then two weeks of take down when we put everything back in storage. We are looking for people to stay all the time (from the middle of June until the beginning of September), but it is also possible to help for a shorter period (minimum 2 weeks).

To help in the work camp, on staff during Camp and the work study program requires you to apply in advance! Please don’t come without our prior approval, and send us your applications AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, especially if you want to help in the work camp. You 'll find the application form here on our web site, and if you have any more questions, you can contact us under: staff@zenithinstitute.com

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Building and Take Down

When we first arrive at Campra in the middle of June, we will just find the mountains, the trees, the meadows, the cows. During the next five weeks, we will build platforms for about 10 big tents and many small tents, lay about two miles of water pipes, build furniture and toilets, put up lots of big and small tents—all this against the backdrop of a fantastic natural landscape, and together with others from many different countries with diverse cultures and languages.

To participate in the Work Camp means lots of physical work, healthy mountain air, sweating under the hot sun, but also sometimes shivering in the rain and cold wind. It means good food, simple community living, making friends, meditating alone or with others, discovering and rediscovering dormant qualities in one self, and in between again and again to be made speechless by the majesty of the mountains.
This time offers the possibility to unite spirituality, work and play in community. Together we will be creating a space and atmosphere that will welcome the invited teachers and all participants, and offer them the possibility to create and follow the different programs in a supportive environment.

To express something of the spirit of the Sufis: service to the community, tolerance for others, finding joy in working together, the opening of the heart, and respect for being different—all these are what make a spiritual community.

To support this process, there is time and place for daily meditations, and in the evening we will have group activities such as Zhikr, singing and making music, "sharings" or other activities, on the weekend (weather permitting) also a nice hike in the mountains.

Everything that has been constructed throughout the Work Camp has to come down in a period of about two and a half weeks after the Camp. We invite all participants and also all staff members to help us in this task, be it for the weekend, for some days after the camp, or, even better, for the whole time. We are happy for every helping hand.

This also offers a good and spontaneous opportunity to feel your body again after an intense time of meditation, to be in a community or simply to spend some more time in those marvelous mountains in good company before we all go out into the world again. After the abundance of experiences in the camp, it is a very nice process to deconstruct, pack and store everything and leave the place to the true natives, the mountains, the meadows, and cows.

Camp participants helping with the take down until the end will get a reduction for one of the weeks in next year’s camp of 50%.

Requirements

For work camp and take down we are looking for people who enjoy living and working in community and who are not afraid of physical work.

Of course handyperson’s skills are welcome, but it's possible to learn. We welcome everyone who feels called to support our work with whatever gift they bring. We are always in need of creative and flexible cooks who would like to take care of about 25 hungry workers and other people who would take care of our household. The Camp just needs a lot of helping hands.

This is a time of intense and concentrated work, and in general not a time and place to bring small children.
During build-up and take down we will be living in dormitories in a wooden cabin near the campsite or if you feel you would need some more privacy, you can also pitch your tent nearby with a view of the mountains.

Some Rules and Regulations

  • As a participant in the work camp, you will have the possibility to continue working during the Camp and/or participate in one of the programs for reduced prices, depending on the length of participation in building up. (5 weeks of work camp will give one week of free program; less will be given in proportion.)
  • It is also possible and welcome to participate in the work camp just for 2 or 3 weeks, but a minimum of 2 weeks is suggested.
  • Staff members who stay from the beginning of work camp through the Camp until the end of take down will receive a donation for travel expenses.

If you would like to know more about these regulations,
please contact staff@zenithinstitute.com