Come and discover Zen Buddhism at our Centre in Wootha Maleny, Queensland, Australia




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    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 some 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 and vegan many of them are GF and lactose free, most of them are 1000 year old recipes from villages and communities along the ancient Silk Road.

    Daily meditation, yoga and some Tai Chi training is included in your stay (if that is of interest to you). Most days it is with one of our instructors or practice space and equipment is available to you for your personal practice.

    Our stay time is usually one week between our busy retreat pgms, however a longer stay time and access to some Dharma teachings on Zen, Buddhism and Yoga philosophy during retreats with our guests is available to the right person.

    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. We have a designated inside camp kitchen set up for Work-a-ways with a fridge, kettle, toaster and micowave

    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

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are happy to share our knowledge about Zen Buddhism, meditation and yoga. Our property has numerous australian birdlife, wildlife and flora.

  • Help


    We are looking for someone throughout the year

    YOUR STAY: Arrival anytime after 2pm, work the following 3 days, then a day off, work for 2 days then a day off, and depart prior to noon the next day. If you are having a longer stay, you will work 3 days on, 1 day off, then 2 days on and 1 day off.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Own bedroom and share bathroom usually 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 a lunch. Breakfast foods are provided in your kitchenette along with tea and coffee facilities.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day (max 25 hours/week)

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