Mindfulness Training and Permaculture/Sustainable Intership in a Retreat Center in Gansbaai, South Africa


South Africa

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  • Description


    The Retreat is a well established retreat center located on the coast in the Western Cape of South Africa. We are moving toward a community run retreat and 100% eco sustaistanability. This is a unique opportunity to learn, support, and participate in a unique wholistic and sustainability project.

    Designed for those looking for a pause, a transition, an introduction to new possibilities, an exploration into themselves in the context of community and sacred work.

    Our Work-Study Volunteer Program Offers:
    An introductory apprenticeship in vegetarian cooking, hospitality, permaculture, community living, health and wellness retreat, council and story-telling, country living, almost 100% sustainable and alternative living. Including off-site community volunteering, comfortable single or shared accommodations and 3 vegetarian meals per day. All this is offered and held within the practice of meditation and mindfulness training. The program is free and a stepping stone to residency here and potential apprenticeship in the Born as the Earth Mentorship School.

    PLEASE NOTE: Response to our invitation has been overwhelming. We may take a few days to get back to you. Please be patient with us. ALSO: Our next intake will be in August 2019 as a result of the volume of inquiries.

    Best of Luck

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are located in the birthplace of humanity. Caves very nearby have archaeological evidence of 12000 and 60000 years of homo sapien activity. Our spiritual/meditation/yoga retreat center is dedicated to remembering our innate ancient wisdom. Off-site volunteer work is part of the program. The sharing of one’s journey and story telling from the heart in council is how we learn about each other. The retreat center is filled with learning opportunities - from fellow volunteers and multi cultural residents, teachers and retreatants.

    Additional Possibilities and Benefits:
    After completing your first 30 days of volunteering at the Retreat you may, depending on availability and alignment, be:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️able to engage in additional 30 day modules with a stipend included for your responsibility and leadership with new incoming volunteers
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️invited to join a 60 day training intensive through our BORN as the EARTH School - (an introductory work/study mentorship immersion) - fully inclusive and free of charge for Volunteer Program Graduates
    welcomed to begin an application process to join our resident community

  • Help


    You will be actively engaged in:
    groundskeeping majestically beautiful land; learning vegan and vegetarian cooking in a prayerful environment and cook for residents, volunteers and people on retreat; learning housekeeping in the manner of the beauty-way.

    Our farm-to-table permaculture efforts are supported by curious learners and our 30kms of hiking trails through the floral kingdom of the Walker Bay Nature Conservancy need maintaining. And we’d love to have you share your admin and social media skills too.

    Volunteers are not expected to work in the kitchen. Those who would like to learn and offer any kitchen skills they have will be cooking with a resident team and will be asked only to cook for other volunteers and residents. While we do have paying guests on organized retreats we do not have a restaurant or waitpersons. We are a spiritual community in service and are not an establishment for profit.

    We are developing an earth based spiritual training school held within ancient indigenous wisdoms and mythologies from around the world. Your presence and engagement with all activities at our Retreat will help us establish Born as the Earth Mystery School.

    Please Be:
    Self-motivated. A stable couple or single person. Curious. Conscious. Kind. Good listener and communicator. Socially engaged. Deep interest in land, earth based spirituality and conscious living. Environmentally ethical. Open to learning from a variety of people and styles. Able to work hard and follow simple instructions. Willing to tell and create your new story. Bring your songs and a musical instrument if you have one!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Very comfortable single and double rooms available with either shared or en-suite bathrooms. Communal Retreat Center Kitchen. Immaculate, beautiful grounds. Yoga/Meditation hall. 3 vegetarian meals a day included.

    It is the responsibility of the volunteer to make sure they are within the law, have the correct visa or permit and insurance.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Located on a not-so-little slice of heaven on earth:

    2 Hrs from Cape Town and Cape Agulhas. In one of the world's most diverse and species rich floral kingdoms. Wildlife (wild cats like leopard and rooikat), birds, rare flowers, and reptiles galore! 20 min from Stanford and Gansbaai with Hermanus another 20 min down the road. Birthing bay for Southern Right and Humpback whales just 10 min away. In the heart of the Walker Bay Nature Conservancy. Under billions of stars. With fresh, clean air & an abundance of delicious mountain spring water. Hiking trails. Swimming in ponds, pools, and ocean. And a fully stocked library and best reading/relaxing porch south of the Zambezi!

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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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week of work & +/-3 hours per day will involve personal wholistic teaching and sharing. 5 hours of actual work/support

Host ref number: 387191541586