Contribute your skills to our non-profit retreat centre in Watsonville, California, USA


United States

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  • Description


    For over 40 years, our centre has been a container for both personal and communal exploration. Inspired by the living example of a dedicated teacher and master yogi, Baba Hari Dass, the community’s projects and schools formed organically into a vibrant space for all those who consider it a spiritual home. The Center stands as a modern translation and exploration of the ancient philosophy and practice of yoga.

    As a community of practice, the centre provides context for experiential learning, allowing both personal and collective exploration for those seeking a path to peace. An economy of giving, sharing, service, and care offers a viable alternative to the separation and isolation of much of modern life. Life at the Center is both active and reflective, where those things that have heart and meaning structure everyday life.

    Our place is an intentional space for people choosing a lifestyle of conscious self-development. Meals, classes, and common spaces are shared among residents and guests. Social life arises naturally from the founding principles of collaboration, service, practice, play, and devotion. We work together, play together, chant together, meditate together, and serve together. At this time, we are bringing on new resident volunteers who can stay for a minimum of 2 months.

    This is a project within the Hanuman Fellowship. The Hanuman Fellowship has additional projects in India, Canada, and in Santa Cruz, CA. By providing a healthy, supportive container for transformation and reflection, the Center works to fulfill the Fellowship’s mission: Hanuman Fellowship is organized, as inspired by the example and teachings of master yogi Baba Hari Dass, to promote the principles and practice of Yoga by means of Sadhana (spiritual practice), Karma Yoga (selfless service) and Satsang (supportive community), as well as other spiritual disciplines and learning that foster personal and spiritual development and wellness and that create an environment for the attainment of peace.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers have the opportunity to explore residency in a multi-generational, multi-cultural Yoga community inspired by Baba Hari Dass. We offer community meditation and yoga classes as well as weekly classes on the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita. Additionally, our land houses Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple. This is an opportunity to explore life in a lineage community, study Yoga both philosophically and practically, share the gifts you already have and develop new ones as well!

  • Help


    We are looking for travelers to contribute in a range of areas including our organic garden, land management, renovation projects, maintenance, landscaping, dishes, kitchen, plumbing, dining room, general cleaning, greeting/gate, Temple, etc. Training would be provided for all areas. Opportunities may vary depending on skillset and previous experience.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    All residential volunteers are given a private room. Generally volunteers will share a bathroom and kitchen (if available). We serve 3 vegetarian meals per day Sunday thru Friday and serve two vegetarian meals on Saturdays (brunch and dinner). Throughout the day, tea, fruit, bread, and an array of spreads are available. Our kitchen offers vegan and gluten free alternatives.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Residential volunteers generally commit to a minimum of 24 service hours per week

Host ref number: 265416634511