Healing Castle Schochwitz

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If you are interested in mindfulness, spirituality, yoga, and taking responsibility of your life, we would love to welcome you at the Healing Castle.

This is a guesthouse and spiritual centre with the intention of bringing people out of the head into the heart.
We are located in a castle nestled among the hills of the Saale-Unstrut area in a small town called Schochwitz in the most northern wine region of Germany with beautiful surroundings. We’re located at a hidden and mysterious place right on a line of high energy (ley line). When it was built, almost 1000 years ago, our ancestors must have been aware of their connection to heaven and earth and of forces, that many contemporary fellows wouldn't have acknowledged.
The interesting cities Halle (Saale) and Leipzig are close.
Ingrid Straub-Zerfowski’s and her partner James Welsh’s idea of creating a spiritual center had already surged in the late 80’s. At that time they were missing the right place to fulfill their visions with the required premises until Ingrid and James came upon Schochwitz Castle in 2004.

To make Healingcastle Schochwitz a peaceful place of life, spirituality and wisdom, Ingrid Straub-Zerfowski and Lord James Welsh have agreed to live and dedicate their lives to this task.

We neither belong to a religion nor have some dogmatic views!

We work with volunteers, so we would like to welcome open-minded, creative people willing to do any kind of help. We are looking for people who have some sense of responsibility and who take their work seriously when it is necessary. Generally it's about hotel maintenance, renovating, building, carpentry, cleaning, marketing and gardening.
EVERYBODY needs to work on everything here. You can bring in your gift and skills in any areas of the guesthouse - whether in the office, in marketing, in the kitchen, in the garden, on one of our castle construction sites, in guest hospitality, as a yoga instructor, etc. ... There are plenty of opportunities here.

We are looking for volunteers from 15th of April to End of October 2018. The minimum stay should be 4 weeks, you can stay up to 6 months.

Here it is not just about hard work. Your stay here will bring loads of benefits such as:

- self-growth

- flexibility of tasks 

- learning the theory and practice of the laws of nature

- self-discipline

- working your way around cultural and linguistic problems

- meeting people from all over the world

- hatha yoga and meditation

- homemade cooking

- plenty of things to do on your spare time besides sitting on your computer

- social behaviour

- practical knowledge

- language learning

Volunteers will be given food, including breakfast and lunch, and are required to clean up after themselves. This is separate from the work related to maintaining the grounds of the castle, usually 5 to 6 hours a day, six days a week.

We want you to enjoy your stay here, but please remember that your stay is not just a holiday. Work needs to be done at the castle. Nevertheless, you will have enough free time to explore the nature and surrounding areas and cities!

At the end of the stay, you will get a certificate stating the successful accomplishment of the programm including all activites you were practising and got experienced in. You can use this certificate as a document of reference for your next activities / employment.


- minimum stay is one month

- no drugs,  no meat

- daily exercise/meditation from 6 - 7 am, common breakfast between 7 and 8am. 8am to 2pm: working time, at 2 pm, we meet again for a common lunch, afternoon is a free time (there is no common time for dinner - eat when you are hungry :-))

You share a dormitory and a bathroom with all the volunteers.
We only provide vegetarian food. Meat is not allowed in our kitchen.

Are you open-minded, responsible and willing to try your best?
Then go ahead and apply.
As a part of your application please let us know more about yourself and share with us dates you want to voluneer at our place. Most importantly please write us why you want to join the Healing Castle.
We look forward to your message :)

Typical day

  • 5:30 am:  Wake up
  • 6 to 7 am: Yoga / Meditation / Meditative Walk
  • 7 to 8 am: Common breakfast
  • 8 am to 2 pm: Working time
  • 2 pm: Common lunch
  • Afternoon: free time to relax, enjoy the beautiful nature and the healing atmosphere of this place
  • Dinner: there is no common dinner, come and prepare the meal whenever it works for you

Details on Arrival

You can start at any day here, just contact us about it.

Free-time activities

In your free time you can continue with yoga, meditation, self-development and more. You can rest in the beautiful castle garden and park or walk around the picturesque nature around the Schochwitz village.


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and German (fluently)
Required Documents
short message and introduction of yourself
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
In general it's about guest serving, renovating, building, carpentry and gardening. But you can bring in your talents in any areas of the Healing Castle - whether in the office, in marketing, in the kitchen, in the garden.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 - 14:00

Suitable for


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Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by Healing Castle Schochwitz.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Healing Castle Schochwitz (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services


You share a dormitory and a bathroom with all the volunteers. We ask you to keep the dorm clean and tidy at ALL times.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Food is provided. We only serve vegetarian food. Meat is not allowed in our kitchen.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) in Leipzig/Halle. We assist you to find cheap flights to Germany.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Germany provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Germany you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Germany.
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