Help us turn an old hall into a modern, beautiful facility that can sit 300 people for teachings of yoga, tantra and meditation - a unique and visionary project in Paradise Retreat Center
A team of 21 men is currently building the new "Valhalla" hall in Paradise yogacenter, a hall which will become the heart of Atman yoga federations training facilities with space for up to 300 people.
This unique project will not only allow us to teach more people today the disciplines of yoga, tantra and meditation, it will also be a unique possibility for the men building the hall to work along side each other while practicing the discipline of Karma yoga.
PLEDGE YOUR AID AND YOU WILL BE:
1. HELPING TO BUILD A MAGNIFICENT MEDITATION HALL
The new hall will be used for meditation, contemplation and spiritual teachings. Beautifully designed to create inner peace and sanctity.
2. HELPING THE PARADISE COMMUNITY:
The new facility is being built in our lovely country side retreat center "Paradise". This hall will turbocharge the community by providing much more room to host bigger events.
3. HELPING THE PEOPLE INVOLVED:
The team building the hall are developing themselves through the ancient yet deeply profound practice of karma yoga - the yoga of detached action.
4. HELPING ATMAN FEDERATION:
Building this hall will help our spiritual school to build much needed facilities for its future development. One of the most important assets in any teaching institution are its classrooms and lecture halls.
5. HELPING TO RAISE THE VIBRATION OF THE PLANET:
When the hall is finished it will be used to teach coming generations of teachers the noble disciplines of Yoga, Tantra and Meditation. Each of these teachers will in their turn go out to teach perhaps hundreds or even thousands of their own students. Seen from this perspective this project is offering the framework for a true spiritual revolution to take place where the vibration of our planet will be raised.
We have already raised the money necessary to make the project in its basic form and now it is moving forward in full speed!
But with the help of additional sponsors we can REALLY create magic, developing this project to the level we believe it should be.
With the following amounts we can acheive these goals:
30.000 kr,-: we will get a better lighting system
70.000 kr,-: we would get a sound system worthy of the hall
250.000 kr,-: we will get an ecological central heating system based on wood chips that will heat up Valhalla and the whole of Paradise offering an abundance of hot water. A solution that is environmentally friendly and reduces energy costs.
100.000 kr,-: We will make a rustic dining hall and professional kitchen.
120.000 kr,-: We will make additional showers and toilets
AMOUNT ALREADY PLEDGED: 140.325 kr,- We thank our kind sponsors:
Tara Yoga Centre - London, United Kingdom - thank you Tara Yoga Centre for your donation of 86000 kr,-
Mahasiddha Yoga school - Chiang Mai, Thailand - thank you Angela, Uriel, Blandini, Federico for your donation of 15000 kr,-
Andrew Tregigo - thank you Andrew for your donation of 14250 kr,-
Kieran Dowling - thank you Kieran for your donation of 14250 kr,-
Amrita Hansen - thank you Amrita for your donation of 2000 kr,-
Mironel de Wilde - thank you Mironel for your donation of 1000 kr,-
Vivan Andersen - thank you Vivian for your donation of 200 kr,-
And two other sponsors who wish to remain anonymous.
Thank you, thank you all so much - we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It really means so much for us - we are very grateful.
This project is sponsored by
Pledge 100 kr,- to Project Valhalla
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will offer you a free guided relaxation mp3 for deep full body relaxations!
Pledge 500 kr,- to Project Valhalla
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will offer you a CD full of yoga nidra techniques for deep full body relaxation plus 2 more other CD's or DVD's of your choice from Logos Media!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will offer you a 90 minute relaxation massage in Paradise given by the Paradise Spa.
Pledge 2000 kr,- to Project Valhalla
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and will offer you a 90 minutes massage in Paradise + consultation with tantra teacher Ulrik Lyshøj 90 minutes live or on skype (life coaching or topics of tantric sexuality)
1. HELPING TO BUILD A MAGNIFICENT MEDITATION HALL
Space, Light and Reverance
A sanctuary of peace and meditation
The coming hall will be full of light and ambience with beautifully crafted timber, ceiling light and an atmosphere which naturally leads to meditation, contemplation and to the harmonious receiving and distillation of higher knowledge.
HOW IT LOOKED ...
When we first entered the barn that now becomes Valhalla hall, we were already enchanted by the space.
The hall is 33m x 13m and 7 m high in the center. The sunlight was filtering through the dusty air revealing the rustic charm of the raw, but well crafted wooden roof structure of the barn over a straight reinforced concrete floor that once served for storing tons of grains; a slight breeze stroking through the uninsulated roof.
SAFETY COMES FIRST
After the first sketches of the project we brought several engineers and builders, who all confirmed that Valhalla hall just like the rest of the Paradise compound, everything is very solidly and well built, and that the structure can support our planned alterations.
CLEARED BY THE AUTHORITIES
During the planning process we have been working in close connection with the municipality as well as the building experts that we consulted in order to ensure that the entire project complies with Danish standards and regulations regarding structural requirements, fire protection, escape routes, insulation, ventilation, illumination and all other aspects that ensure the safety, usability and general comfort of all the spaces that we are creating.
Upon completion simple architectural interventions will bring out the potential of Valhalla hall: The insulated roof leaves most of the wooden structure exposed. In front of the plasterboard ceiling the craftsmanship of the wood will come forward and remind of the rustic Viking longhouses.
A double line of skylight window at the very top of the roof and over the entire length will bring the sunlight into the hall from above creating a beautiful play of light and shade with the structural elements.
A wooden plank floor will provide a solid and comfortable base for the space.
In this way Valhalla integrates elements of rustic Nordic design and sacral architecture.
All fixtures for light, ventilation, heating, sound system etc. will be integrated in the wall and floor to remain discretely in the background in order to keep the integrity of the puristic design.
The hall will be able to host around 300 persons and light and sound systems will allow to create a variety of ambiences for versatile use of the space: classes, workshops, lectures, conferences, lounge arrangement, movie screenings, trance parties and much more.
Upon requirement the skylights of the hall will be shut by a simple mechanism.
We already bought a professional HD and 3D-projector, and we are receiving a generous donation of a state-of-the-art projection screen (6×3.5 m) to be able to serve the multimedia requirements of today's events.
In parties or other special arrangements the large ceiling surface under the roof can serve as projection surface for coloured lights, lasers and even imagery to create a universe of spaces.
The height of the hall and solid wooden structure also allows a manifold of stage and decoration scenarios. In the future we may even integrate a row of balconies to increase the number of participants to the events.
PHASE 1: The first phase of the construction of the hall that took place from 10th to 28th of January 2016 has provided the hall with a 20 cm insulation on all sides covered by a foil to stop the vapor, a simple carpet covering the floor, temporary heating and lighting is installed and escape routes are provided. We built a wall to the space above the dining hall in order to close the space.
PHASE 2: In the second phase (14th of February to 11th of March 2016) we will add further insulation to comply with the regulations (30 cm on the walls, 35 cm on the roof), which will be covered with plasterboards and painted. The skylight will be installed together with shutters. All cabling and piping will be installed for the electrical, sound, light and ventilation system. We will also install all piping and fixtures so that the hall can be heated by a central heating system that will be serve the entire Paradise in the near future. The wooden structure will be polished and covered with fire-protective paint. The floor will be insulated and the wooden floor will be put. The access to the hall will be changed to remove the box that covers the interior stairs, another escape exit will be provided and exterior stairs will be built.
PHASE 3: Eventually, perhaps in a 3rd phase the final sound and light system will be installed as well as the central heating system. The hall will be decorated and beautified.
Pledge 5000 kr,- to Project Valhalla
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will offer you a single room for free as a guest of Paradise Retreat Center during a retreat of your choice lasting 7-9 days (camp fee not included).
Pledge 10.000 kr,- to Project Valhalla
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will offer you a single room for free as a guest of Paradise Retreat Center during a retreat of your choice lasting 7-9 days. You also get the camp fee included.
Pledge 50.000 kr,- to Project Valhalla
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will offer you a one week personal one on one camp in Paradise Retreat Center with a teacher from our school. The camp will be adapted specially to your needs - a program of lectures, techniques and consultations specifically designed for you.
Pledge 100.000 kr,- to Project Valhalla
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will offer you a TWO week personal one on one camp in Paradise Retreat Center with a teacher from our school. The camp will be adapted specially to your needs - a program of lectures, techniques and consultations specifically designed for you.
This project is sponsored by
“Renovating the Valhalla hall in Paradise retreat center is a big and visionary task. It is more then just building a new and large yoga hall - It is building a physical support for the spreading of teachings of Spirituality in the world. in the same time, we are focusing on helping the people who join the construction team to develop and form themselves. We put our dreams, our hopes and our love in to this great project. We have already finished phase 1 of the building thanks to the hard work and dedication of the team. I look forward to phase two of this project!
Arthur Lederer, Project Coordinator
“A fews year back I enthusiastically started the preliminary sketches of Valhalla hall, meticulously designing every detail so that it can serve its purpose and lives up to today's building standards. An architect works with space. The building already starts from a great potential, we just emphasize its beauty and refine the elements to fit with its purpose. It is my humble hope that those who step into the hall may be touched by a quiet reverence of sacrality or a spark of aspiration to seek higher aspects in life. Great architecture inspires and fills the soul with light and I look forward to see the results of our hard work.
Rainer Trubel, Architect
2. HELPING THE PARADISE COMMUNITY
Growth Through Togetherness
Our beautiful retreat center
Paradise yogacenter is a beautiful countryside farm style building complex south of Copenhagen Denmark.
The place was acquired in 2011 and has since served as the framework for countless yoga classes, spiritual events and meditation retreats.
Through the last few years thousands of people have received the positive benefits of attending our events - some even life transforming.
WELCOME TO PARADISE ON EARTH
There is a reason the place is called "Paradise". A beautiful farm complex surrounded by lush gardens with blooming flowers. A truly magical place perfect for hosting lectures, seminars, yoga camps, courses and meditation retreats.
All our teaching takes place in one of the main buildings of the premises. Until January this year (2016) The top floor of the biggest building was not yet developed though and was just a vast hall with bare wooden beams and no isolation.
But the potential is huge.
Once built it will be a great and beautiful hall, full of light and splendour. A true temple worthy of housing people who come for spiritual teaching. The construction of this new hall has begun in January and is proceeding well.
PROJECT VALHALLA WILL DOUBLE OUR CAPACITY!
When this new hall - which we have named ''Valhalla'' - will be finished, it will mark a major upgrade of the facilities of Paradise Retreat Center. It will make Paradise able to host a much greater number of people at a time in the yoga hall. At the same time the previous and much smaller yoga hall will also be turned into a dormitory - so Paradise will be able to host many more people over night.
There is a great thirst in the world today for the teachings of yoga, tantra and meditation, and the request for space in Paradise has already exceeded the limits of the facilities. the construction of Valhalla will make us able to meet the demands of so many people for training in the fields of Spirituality.
“Paradise retreat center is really a paradise on earth. I have spent some of the best years of my life living here. We have been through tough times but most of the time it has been blissful and we have truly grown together as a team, a community and a family. Renovating Valhalla hall will have such an impact on this place so it can become what it was meant to be"
Elena Grav, Paradise inhabitant
“When I first came for a yoga retreat in Paradise, something immediately changed within me. I experienced love and harmony like never before. There was something very special in the teachings and atmosphere which gave me a new start and complete change of direction. In an instant I could feel that here is something to be learnt. It makes me immensely happy to give my everything to this project."
Jon, Paradise inhabitant
3. HELPING THE PEOPLE INVOLVED
Dedication & Team Spirit
Meet the team
We are 30 men and women - all voluntary workers, helping to build the hall. The women are helping by preparing food and cleaning and the men are doing the heavy manual labour.
It is hard but rewarding work giving a great feeling of team spirit and togetherness.
PROJECT VALHALLA: PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE KARMA YOGA
The team building the hall are voluntary workers who by their own endeavour wish to help in building this ambitious project. We have men and women of all ages from all walks of life helping and growing, working side by side applying the principles of karmayoga while building.
Karma Yoga is the ancient path of the yoga of Detached Action.
Through this spiritual approach to acting one can discover that in reality it is always the Universe which acts through us. While working the team is applying the practices of karmayoga during working by using different inner techniques to create a specific attitude and flow. Great lessons which can be used in every aspect of daily life and which the participants can take with them forever.
THE STATE OF VIRA
The Spiritual Hero, or Vira as is called in Sanskrit, is the masculine ideal.
Unfortunately, modern life with its emphasis on comfort, does not offer men nearly enough opportunities to train their masculinity in a harmonious way. Now such an opportunity is here. Men will be helped to develop themselves by intense physical work, by dedicating themselves to a higher purpose, by forming a brotherhood with other men, by practicing techniques together and supported by special lectures for men.
The deep and beneficial state of karma yoga ...
MEET THE MEN BUILDING THE HALL (AFTER PHASE 1)
Vajra felt young again!
Joshua was very grateful ...
Valentino followed his heart ...
Adi: True Karma Yoga gives enthusiasm
MEET SOME OF THE WOMEN SUPPORTING THE MEN ...
Zina was elated!
Lilli was in Paradise (literally)
4. HELPING ATMAN FEDERATION
AN INTERNATIONAL YOGA SCHOOL ON THE RISE
Fascinating spiritual teachings
Atman is a federation of yoga, meditation and tantra schools from a growing number of countries in the world. Our mission is to grow awareness in people about our inner spiritual nature and the responsibilities that we have as humans living in this time.
PROJECT VALHALLA: PROVIDING FACILITIES TO TEACH OUR COMING TEACHERS
Building this hall will not only transform the local community of Paradise retreat center by expanding the capacities of the premisis, it will also strengthen Atman Federation who makes use the premisis by providing much needed facilities for future development and training of teachers.
It is central to Atmans mission to teach the coming generations of teacher. Every few months hundreds of budding yoga and tantra teachers converge on paradise to receive teachings in yoga, tantra and meditation. Lectures, seminars and retreats are held for the coming teachers so that they can hone their skills and pass on spiritual teachings.
“ I am currently teaching yoga and tantra in Thailand. For the last few years I have come to paradise 4 times per year to receive teachings in Tantra - amazing teachings, beautiful teachings ... As the course is growing there are more and more teachers coming from all corners of the world and the facilities have not been able to cope. I am so happy that this project is finally bearing fruit and that we will get a new hall.
Angela Østergaard, Coming Tantra Teacher
“ Teaching Tantra and Yoga is the central pillar of my life and nothing else fills me with as much joy and fulfilment as seeing my students grow and flourish. With this new hall our teachings and training programs will reach out to more people who in turn can pass on this knowledge. My heart thrives partaking in the so needed spiritual transformation of those thirsty for a healthier and happier life. I am grateful for all the help we are getting and thank all who are involved in this beautiful project.
Adina Stoian, Atman Tantra Teacher
5. HELPING TO RAISE THE VIBRATION OF THE PLANET
The Seeds Of Change
We live in an age of much turmoil.
An age of war, of dissonance and of strife between nations and people. It is becoming more and more clear that humanity is in need of raising its level of vibration.
The only way to truly overcome conflict and strife is by raising the spiritual level/vibration of each individual on the planet. Spiritual teachings need to get out, and they need to get out fast.
An inner revolution must precede the outer revolution that will raise the current level of vibration on our beautiful planet.
PROJECT VALHALLA: PASSING ON SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS
The message that will be passed on by the teachings conducted at Paradise are teachings of love, peace and spirituality based on the ancient teachings of Yoga, Tantra and Meditation - adapted for the modern world.
These ancient disciplines are all well known for providing the frameworks needed for raising the inner state of the practioners. By practicing these disciplines the practitioner will rise his levels of:
“The teachings of yoga changed my life. All my life I was seeking for something. I found it here in this beautiful school. The building of the Valhalla hall is for me a jewel in an already shining crown - a crystalization of many years of work in bringing the teachings of my mentors out to the world. I thank you for having visited this site and I hope you felt inspired by our project.
Arthur Lederer, Project Coordinator
“ As the coordinator for the Tantra and Yoga teacher training courses of Atman Federation I have witnessed for over 10 years the great transformations of many students into inspiring and genuine teachers. The intense and profound body of knowledge pased on to me from my mentor bears fruits in the hearts of all these wonderful beings. In their turn, they touch the lives of so many others, helping them to find spiritual answers and guidance thoughout their struggles. I thank you for visiting this site and for your interest and help in our project with Valhalla hall.
Advaita Stoian, Project Supervisor
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND HELP
We are humbled to be leading this visionary project which will create the framework that can create a profound change in the lives of so many. Any help if only just 100 or 500 kr,- will make a difference.
Your help is very appreciated. We hope to see you here one day!
On behalf of Paradise, the team of voluntary workers and Atman Yoga Federation.