My name is Fushin an ordained Zen Master and my wife is a yoga & meditation instructor. We run a Zen Buddhist & Yoga Meditation retreat centre in Maleny, approximately 1.5 hour north of Brisbane and 40 minutes into the hills from Caloundra.
Our 1 acre of gardens are already developed but still need TLC . Unfortunately, I have had double knee surgery and have a heart condition which leaves me unable to work in the garden as much as I used to and can do with help, not just weeding (my wife takes care of that). We appreciate help from workaways and helping them in their own meditation practice.
Only 1.5 hour from Brisbane, we are located 8 km outside of Maleny with sweeping views overlooking the Conondale Valley. Only a 40 minute drive to Caloundra, the Gateway to the Sunshine Coast and not too far away is Steve Irwin's Australian Zoo and the Glasshouse Mountains. Please note, there is no public transport into town.
There is NO SMOKING or DRINKING on the property as you will be staying in a Zen Buddhist Centre. Our meals are vegetarian (sorry we do not prepare separate meals for vegans and the kitchen is not available for use to cook). We can pick you up from Maleny and we can stop at the supermarket on the way back to our centre so you can purchase any snack foods that you may require as we are not in walking distance to any shops, only nature.
Please only apply if you are genuine about turning up. It is always a disappointment when we say no to so many people and then the person who has booked changes their mind around 1 week before they are due to arrive. Thank you.
Sorry, as we have limited wifi, it is not available for workaway use. Ensure your mobile has data for your requirements and be aware, as we are in a remote location, not all networks have a great coverage.
As we are on tank water, please wash your clothes prior to arrival. We are more than happy for you to do a load before you leave.
IMPORTANT; please ensure you have your own insurance to cover any injuries
Help in the house
We are happy to share our knowledge about Zen Buddhism, meditation and yoga. Our property has numerous australian birdlife, wildlife and flora.
Current space: Any 7 days between 15th October - 30th October for a guy to help Fushin in the garden. Last week in September and maybe a space last week in October for someone to help with cleaning windows and vacuuming and little bit of raking leaves.
Looking for one strong male (we ask for a male as you will be working with Fushin and as he is partially deaf he is unable to hear females talking when concentrating on the task at hand) to help in the garden to get the property ready for the November retreat. And one female (last week of October or last week of September) to help Rose prepare the retreat space for the next retreat. We do not work you hard but appreciate effort. We have a slow start to the day, around 8.30 - 9.00am. A break for lunch around 12 and then finish off a project before finishing around 2 or 3pm.
YOUR STAY: Arrival anytime after 2pm, work the following 3 days, then a day off, work for 2 days and then depart prior to noon after 7th night. If you are having a longer stay, you will work 3 days on, 1 day off, then 2 days on and 1 day off.
Own bedroom and share bathroom with one other workaway. Sorry, there is no cooking facility only a kitchenette. We will provide a cooked meal at the end of the day and lunch.
As we are Buddhists, we live a quiet life and would appreciate our guests if they too could enjoy the tranquility and ambiance of our property with no smoking or drinking, no fighting or abusive language or disrespectful talk about others. With thanks.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day (max 25 hours/week)