We are a yoga and meditation retreat centre located at the foot of the Royal National Park, one of the oldest natural reserves in the world. Guests hire our facilities to immerse themselves in nature for a nurturing and relaxing retreat experience.
As a community we are also active practitioners of yoga and meditation and this enables us to create an environment unique in its ability to support those seeking spiritual and material rejuvenation.
Our personal practices include an early morning program of kirtan (devotional chants), mantra meditation and philosophy. We also have regular evening programs, festivals and community celebrations.
As a retreat centre we are a fully neutral venue for groups and people of any background, however, we are a Krishna community.
As volunteer you are more than welcome to join in as much or little as you like in our community or devotional practices; you are not expected to!
We are looking for happy and enthusiastic people keen to learn new skills and to serve in our project as members of our work/exchange program.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Areas of help include such things as:
• House keeping
• Grounds maintenance
• Building and construction
• Social Media
• Website design
While we will always endeavour to place you in a service area for which you are best suited and most happy we ask your co-operation in helping to cover the daily project requirements which include cooking, cleaning, housekeeping and grounds maintenance. We are especially interested in people with specific skills in gardening, landscape design, building and construction, website development and social media.
We need people who speak good English.
There are separate living sections for females and males, mixing is not allowed. The rooms are basic and can fit from two to four people.
It is very important to keep the rooms tidy and neat especially when sharing the space with others.
What you will need to bring
• At least two black t-shirts
• Good solid working shoes for the garden
• Suitable clothes for weather conditions
• A positive attitude and a smile is a must :)
What we expect
As a project based on the principles of yoga we expect – for the time you are with us – that you will share in our spiritual ethos and observe the following standards with respect to diet, dress, behaviour, etc.
• No eating meat, fish or egg
• No intoxication (including Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or other addictive substances)*️️️️, no pets
• Modest and appropriate dress (e.g. yoga pants and tights are only for doing yoga not for working)
• A good work ethic under the direction of our regular staff
• Being always conscious of the comfort and convenience of other staff, guests or volunteers (no unreasonably late nights, no excessive noise, respect for each other’s space and privacy, etc)
- - As a spiritual community we go to bed early and get up very early, so we expect you to understand and be conscious of not making noise after 8.30pm. - -
Please note: When it comes to any illegal or illicit activities such as substance abuse, sexual harassment, bullying, etc, we have a zero tolerance policy. Any infractions in this regard will result in your immediate departure from our project. There will be no negotiation on this point.
How long can you stay here?
We prefer that people stay 3 weeks or longer if we are both happy with the arrangement. Having said that we are happy to accommodate people for a shorter time.
After one week we will review your situation. Assuming we are happy with you and you are happy with us you may be invited to stay longer. There is no real limit on how long you may be allowed to stay but we will review things periodically to see how things are working out. As in any relationship, it will ultimately depend on our mutual experience and on the degree to which we share certain values, visions and ideals.
All this said, we are very accepting of all kinds of people and we welcome you to be yourself and add your own flavour to our community. We believe this is a wonderful project combining a materially healthy business with a process of spiritual upliftment. We believe that through the practice of yoga and the transformative power of volunteer service we can not only find personal fulfilment but contribute greatly to a much needed general improvement in the social and environmental spheres of life. We aim especially to provide and facilitate the younger generations in taking up a leadership role, not only in this project but in society as a whole. We are confident your time here with us will not only be enjoyable, it will be a truly wonderful adventure and an extraordinary learning experience.
The Centre is a 10min walk to the Otford train station. It is 1 hour to get to Sydney Central and you can reach places all along the coast (e.g. Wollongong).
Involved in our Charity work
Our Centre is a part of a bigger charity, a welfare organisation to increase awareness and well-being in the community.
For charity we are looking for volunteers to help maintain a house where people who work for the charity live as well as collectors who can fundraise for the charity. Pay is commission based.
If you were to volunteer or work for the charity similar principles apply than if you were to volunteer with us. This is a very unique and interesting opportunity to help a grass roots Sydney charity grow and expand. For the house we are looking for males. Female can apply for a similar opportunity but from our Retreat Centre.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
What we offer
• Secure and comfortable share accommodation
• Fantastic food
• Great new friends
• The opportunity to live in our beautiful retreat environment and amongst the wild life
• Weekly kirtan (singing meditation) nights
• Daily morning meditation and philosophy classes
• Hatha yoga classes according to availability of teachers and students
• Group day trips to waterfalls and beaches in the warmer months
• An overall experience to be remembered.
Volunteers have the opportunity to learn about Bhakti Yoga and what it can add to their quality of everyday experience; through service, singing and dancing, healthy vegeterian food, early nights, yoga asana practice, and being part of community life.
About 5 hours, 5 days a week flexible (25hours per week max)
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