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Othona is set at Bradwell-on-Sea, in a beautiful, remote corner of Essex, just behind the sea wall at the mouth of the River Blackwater.
An ecumenical Christian community, Othona was founded just after the Second World War, in 1946, in a camp containing displaced Poles and German prisoners of war, for the purpose of peace and reconciliation.
VAP has held a workcamp here every year since 1977. The international volunteers work and live as part of the community consisting of residential staff and volunteers who organise the community on a daily basis.
Buddhafield is best known for the Buddhafield Festival, which is held over a period of five days on a beautiful site in the Blackdown Hills, in Somerset. The event brings together around three thousand people for a sharing and celebration of alternative social, cultural, political and spiritual values.
VAP workcamps with Buddhafield are organised to coincide with the Buddhafield Festival or with the Green Earth Awakening Camp, a smaller event that brings activists and environmentalists together for celebration, joy, and exploring how we might live more in harmony with each other and the environment.
One World Summer Festival
The One World Festival is a summer event in Somerset that brings together individuals and families from all over the world to share in a unique atmosphere of rest and activity, fun and freedom, challenge and adventure.
Volunteers on VAP’s workcamp at the festival are involved in vegetarian macrobiotic food preparation and can also participate in many of the workshops and other activities on offer.
Taraloka Women’s Buddhist Community
Started in 1985, Taraloka is a Women’s Buddhist Community and Retreat Centre of the Triratna Buddhist Community set on the Welsh-Shropshire border.
VAP workcamps at Taraloka involve maintenance and decorating work and learning to cook tasty and nutritious vegan meals for the group. There is often gardening and landscaping work as well as the chance to learn about Buddhism and living as a community.
Located in the hills in the county of Devon, about 25 kms from the city of Exeter, Beech Hill is a small community living together in a large country house. It has a well-established tradition of volunteering.
VAP workcamps at Beech Hill include gardening, maintenance of the grounds and other manual work while building up international and intercultural solidarity.