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26 Day Spiritual Yoga Teacher Training and Permaculture Food Forest in Rural Belarus

Shanti Valley permaculture foodforest 6 km from Shanti Dom, Prouzhaly Village, Volozhin District, Minsk, Belarus

Yoga and Permaculture TTC in Belarus

Do you want to have a Teacher Training as well as contribute to your environment? Shanti Valley is situated 6 kilometers away from Shanti Dom. Join us to have a yoga and meditation retreat. Furthermore, you will experience volunteer and give your selfless service. Also, you will enjoy a unique world far away from habitual social and material life. Discovering the place where the action will be guided by love and goodwill is where you will follow the rules of purity and humanity. Dedicate yourself and find a happy and harmonious life in close contact with nature and self through volunteering yoga retreat.

Meet the instructors

Alena & Pavel
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Highlights

  • 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training
  • RYT200 certification
  • Daily classical Raja yoga classes
  • Deep philosophy
  • Learning Vedic texts
  • Learning Sanskrit
  • A day dedicated to silence
  • Daily meditation practice
  • Daily volunteering and humanitarian work
  • Seminars and workshops during the week
  • Time to explore the surroundings
  • Vegan meals and drink
  • 25 nights' accommodation
  • Learning permaculture

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


22 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Minsk National Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
19:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga deck
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will stay in a room for 2-4 people or in a private tent.

Program

During this Teacher Training, you will enjoy a deep yoga experience 24 hours a day starting with a wonderful morning practice with meditation. You will also experience seminars and workshops through the week, lots of philosophy, studying of anatomy, scriptures, etc. 200 hours of studying. You will have the opportunity to experience volunteering on our permaculture food forest farm, humanitarian work, and a day dedicated to silence. All these activities will be complemented with daily organic meals and plenty of time to explore the surroundings or relax during your free day on Sunday.

Shanti principles

Yoga

Yogic philosophy and practice create the environment here at Shanti Projects. The practice of asanas, pranayama, meditation, nonviolence, honesty, acceptance, selfless service, and many other aspects of yoga create a very healthy, bright, and positive atmosphere for everyone here.

Ecology

Shanti project eliminates the usage of chemical elements in construction, farming, and other spheres of your life. They will use only natural compost in the garden so the vegetables and fruits that are grown are absolutely organic and eco-friendly. Please do not leave any garbage behind you. Everything is recycled by Shanti Dom or by special organizations.

Environment

Planting our permaculture food forest is a great contribution to the Earth's environment. We take care of the surrounding flora and fauna, cleans the nearest forests and rivers, construct bridges, builds houses for the birds, etc.

Vegetarianism

You will eat only vegan food. Some vegetables and fruits are grown in the garden and the rest is got from local organic farms. The retreat will practice this diet for many reasons but especially because Shanti Dom does not believe in violence. Since you will not eat any type of meat, there is always other protein (beans, nuts, dairy, etc.) in your daily ration.

Volunteering

We are always happy to welcome volunteers ready to help you to create this small and bright island of harmony and happiness. They do not use any paid work in the project (except for a few things they cannot physically make without professionals), so any type of help is both needed and highly appreciated. Profit made by the project goes towards its further development. The progress is attained thanks to enthusiasts from all over the world.

Local co-operation

There are several small villages around you and each of them has many elderly people who live alone and are happy to receive any help from you. You will look after their animals, work in their gardens, and help clean their houses. They thank you with fresh cow milk, honey, and precious gratitude.

Types of work

Construction and different building projects

Farming

Eco-farming includes planting a food forest, picking vegetables and fruits, compost making, and everything needed for the organic farm.

Landscaping

You will be making flowerbeds, garden paths, etc, taking care of the environment, cleaning forests and marshland, and collecting garbage from outside.

Humanitarian works

You will be helping lonely old villagers to take care of their gardens, animals, and homes. You will conduct educational projects for the villagers. You will teach them English, give lectures on eco-farming, building, etc.

Sample daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake-up call
  • 06:00 Asana/pranayama/meditation
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Volunteering (Monday - Saturday)
  • 11:00 Philosophy class
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Lecture
  • 16:00 Asana/pranayama/meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Bonfire/movie/satsang
  • 22:00 Lights off
  • Sunday Day off

Included excursions

Every Sunday, Shanti Dom is happy to propose different trips around the area. Visiting ethnic or yogic festivals, joining local eco-villages, etc.

Instructors

Alena Hluskina

Pavel Paulinsky

Location

Our project is a 16 hectares land where we plant our permaculture food forest. We started planting 2 years ago (its more then 1500 trees now) and we need help from our visitors. So Karma yoga is a daily experience.

This retreat will be held at Shanti Valley 6 km away from Shanti Dom in Minsk Region, Belarus. Belarus is located in Eastern Europe.

Distances

  • Invents, 10 kilometres
  • Minsk, 45 kilometres

Features

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

You will be served vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as drinks. Food is only vegan. You will eat together three times a day, herbal tea is available any time. All meals will be cooked by karma yogis using different vegetables and fruits from the organic garden, as well as some extra products they get from the nearest organic farms or in town. The menu is well-balanced and based on the yogic sattvic system.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you may enjoy walks to discover the wonderful surroundings.

What's included

  • 200 hours of practice
  • RYT-200 certification, Yoga Alliance
  • Daily vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus a tea break
  • 25 nights' accommodation
  • Sunday trips

What's not included

  • Air tickets
  • Visa (you can get a free 30 days visa if enter Belarus by air)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Minsk National Airport (MSQ).

If you arrive at the international airport, you need to take a public bus or taxi to Minsk central bus station. There is a daily bus going to Boroviki Village (Volozhin District). It is about 50 kilometers from Minsk. There is an option to join other visitors going by car from Minsk.

Airport: Minsk National Airport Airport transfer available: Minsk National Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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