Gomde Ukraine is a serene Buddhist retreat center nestled within a lush forest. Maintaining this unique location requires attention and care, and the volunteers who commit to this task face numerous challenges. However, for those who are dedicated and motivated, it can be an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding experience.
The responsibilities of Gomde Ukraine volunteers are diverse and include tasks such as cleaning, cooking, building, gardening, forestry, dog handling, beekeeping, while also attending to their own Dharma practice. Despite the remote location and lack of modern amenities, our center attracts and retains volunteers due to its unique setting. Nevertheless, many people are unable to sustain the rigorous workload for more than a week, with the nearest grocery store, post office, and hospital located several kilometers away and the city 60 kilometers away.
In spite of these challenges, there are individuals like Serhii and his mother, who have devoted themselves to the practice of Dharma and the growth of the retreat center. Serhii left his professional career in Kyiv to fully commit himself to this place. In addition to performing tasks around the center, he serves as the organizer and chairman of Gomde Ukraine. This year, his mother Francheska joined him here to support the work and begin her own Buddhist practice.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Serhii, his mother Francheska, and the other volunteers, Gomde Ukraine is thriving. For different Dharma programs the center regularly hosts guests, including both seasoned students of Chokya Nyima Rinpoche and newcomers. Practice groups visit on weekends to deepen their Dharma practice. The volunteers maintain the flower garden, greenhouse, and five hectares of forest.
We have great aspirations for the future growth and flourishing of Gomde Ukraine, but the current situation in Ukraine is far from ideal, with the ongoing Russian war causing immense hardship for the people of Ukraine. In these trying times, our need for support and solidarity is greater than ever. Gomde Ukraine urgently requires volunteers and donations to continue its vital work, and we appeal to all those who are willing and able to help. Your contributions, whether in the form of time, money, or resources, will make a significant difference in the lives of those who call this retreat center home.
Let us unite in support of Gomde Ukraine and the people of Ukraine. By working together, we can create a brighter future and spread the teachings of the Buddha to all who seek refuge in them.