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  • Description

    Description

    South of Spanish Fork, Utah, in a semi rural environment, our community occupies 15 acres (5.85 hectares) upon which sit a gorgeous temple, a 6,000 sq. foot residential facility with comfortable double rooms, two outdoor stages, a large covered pavilion, and amenities for parrots, peacocks, llamas and 3 small cows.

    There is a 200,000 gallon lake with waterfall from which we gravity feed one acre under cultivation. The acreage produces chemical free tomatoes, eggplants, varieties of chilis, squash, melons, corn, cabbage, broccoli, green peppers, potatoes and flowers for worship.

    We sponsor lots of festivals and twice or thrice yearly yoga retreats. March of 2017 we hosted a Holi festival which attracted 25,000 attendees over a 2 day period.

    In 2019 we have scheduled another 10 festivals in cities throughout the South West of the United States: Salt Lake City, Ogden, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Reno, Sacramento, San Fernando Valley, Riverside, etc.

    We teach yoga four days a week and have classes on the Bhagavad Gita 6 am and 6 pm as well as daily kirtans. These programs are optional for the guests, though the more they attend, the more they will be informed about the 5,000 year old spiritual culture and practices of "Bhakti Yoga".

    The only MANDATORY program occurs every Sunday 5 pm - 7 pm when there is an open house with kirtan, vegetarian feast, and spiritual discourse illustrated by power point presentation. This is an extremely 'seeker friendly' weekly event and guests should attend. As of May 2019 there have been 750,000 downloads of the Itunes Podcasts. Additionally, Jai, who leads the chanting most Sundays, is a world class kirtan leader. We ask that guests arrive punctually.

    There are a gift store on the property and salad bar with hot buffet open (11 am - 7 pm) 7 days a week. VEGAN FRIENDLY. We do a lot of cooking for those interested to learn. Volunteers who want to cook a vegetarian specialty in quantity for the buffet are welcome to use the kitchen from 8 am - 10 am. W#e can purchase in advance any special ingredients they may need.

    Wireless internet everywhere.

    We could accommodate up to 12 single adults and couples FOR A MINIMUM STAY OF 7 DAYS. There is no maximum time to stay & in fact the longer the better, providing the chemistry is right. Unmarried couples stay in another building than the main ashram but the rooms are nice. We are set up mainly for singles and couples.

    We expect 4 hours of diligent work 6 days a week in exchange for room and board. Each morning there is a daily breakfast/organizational meeting at 8:30 am. Volunteers work from 9 am until 1 pm, when there is a six course buffet lunch with salad bar. We do not support volunteers getting part time jobs in the area while living and working on the farm. Medical or health insurance is a plus in the unlikely event of an accident.

    Local sights are Sundance Resort, Bridal Veil Falls, the Alpine Loop, hiking trails in Hobble Creek, Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Provo Canyon etc.

    We are vegetarian and allow no meat, drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes on the property. If you are looking to break a smoking, drug, or alcohol habit by sojourning here, know up front you will simply be a disturbance in the community. We do not take caffeinated tea or coffee. We prefer that visitors go off site for consumption of these beverages, and that they not consume them later in the day, which keeps them up late at night, thus disturbing those who are early risers.

    Prospective visitors may also note that we probably do not fit many preconceptions about sustainability and a retreat like atmosphere. There are times of incredible peacefulness and relaxation, and other times, especially around festivals, when it can get intense. Ours is a practical path of bhakti (devotion), keeping God in the center of our activities. Sometimes that lends itself to peacefulness, introspection, and an educational atmosphere. Other times there is more emphasis on getting things done in a certain time frame. Sometimes we are absorbed in the gardening and sustainability and other times we throw ourselves into a special event.

    Almost everyone who comes here notes, "It is not what I expected." Most of the time that is a good thing and guests stay longer than they anticipated. But occasionally after a day or two people run for the hills because they were not flexible enough or willing enough to "Let go, and let God."

    Guests are requested to respect the spiritual atmosphere of peacefulness and self control, which can be disrupted by immodest dress, public groping (friendly hugs fine), and late night loudness. We like to know as much about you as possible to ensure your stay here will be a comfortable and rewarding one. Please keep your profile full and up to date and mention where else you may have woofed or done help exchange.

    Outside work March thru November, and in winter more limited outdoor work, but lots to do indoors with the buffet and gift store.

    The closest major airport is Salt Lake City (65 miles away) & the closest bus and train stations are in Provo, 6 miles away & an easy pick up. There is an airport in Provo serviced by Frontier Air Lines. We pick up from Provo bus, train station, or Provo airport during the day only. Schedule flights and driving to arrive in daylight as we are hard to find after dark. If you come by air to Salt Lake City we suggest staying one or two days at the SLC Center & getting a ride down to Spanish Fork. We do not pick up or drop off to and from the SLC airport, but, as noted above, the public transport is very easy.

    We own a former school and 4 acres land near downtown Salt Lake City. There is about 1/2 acre there under cultivation with plans for more. We plant fruit trees, tomatoes, chilis, squash, spinach, corn, beans, peas etc. Accommodations are basic. there is a mandatory service every Sat nite at 7:00 pm, which is well attended by the public.. There are yoga classes Mon thru Saturday at 6 pm, taught by a variety of teachers. All city amenities (Downtown Library, Gateway Center, University of Utah, Temple Square, Ski Resorts) are within easy access.

    Volunteers, helpers, and workawayers are welcome to divide their time between the Spanish Fork & Salt Lake Centers.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

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    There is a 200,000 gallon lake with waterfall from which we gravity feed one acre under cultivation. The acreage produces chemical free tomatoes, eggplants, varieties of chilis, squash, melons, corn, cabbage, broccoli, green peppers, potatoes and flowers for worship.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, some Hindi, some French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We could accommodate up to 12 single adults and couples in comfortable rooms FOR A MINIMUM STAY OF 10 DAYS. Unmarried couples stay in another building than the main ashram but the rooms are nice.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours daily 5 days weekly

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