Experience an authentic Indian yogic lifestyle near Rishikesh, India



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    We are just starting with our vision here at Shri Durga Vatika, and we are passionate about living on and consciously off the land as close to mother nature as possible. We are here to create and share this beautiful land with like-minded souls interested in living a life based around organic, yogic and ayurvedic principles. Understanding, mother nature provides all the nourishment and best medicine at our fingertips. This land which is set in the Himalayan mountains also often referred to as Shivalik mountains, the kingdom of Shiva. We are so blessed to be custodians of this sacred land in the state of North India known as Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand “ which means the land of the Gods”.

    We also offer interested people in the colder weather months, the option of staying in homestay mountain village life, just up the mountain from us (also part of our property).

    We are situated approx 30 mins drive from the Rishikesh, India. We are a beautiful jungle trek up the mountain through lush vegetation and freshwater springs which take about 15mins to arrive at our Medicine Garden. We are also only 15 min walk to the sacred Ganges.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    Volunteers will get to experience authentic indian yogic lifestyle, close to mother nature. Learn local plant medicine, discover ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Explore Kundalini yoga and meditation techniques.

  • Help


    Help required:
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    The property is approx 3 acres. Volunteers are asked to help out in building a community space close to nature. Either by helping in the garden, we are keen to consume our own produce from our medicine garden. We would like help in weeding, planting and seeding, watering when season required. We would love to share this beautiful land with folks who are keen to live a simple life, connecting us again to the natural rhythms of Mother Nature and our internal life. If you have a specific skill in carpentry/building and are familiar with eco-home construction using natural materials like bamboo, stone, mud and wood.
    Carpenter/builder - We would very much like to restore our original stone/mud house and the cement house. This would require, sanding repatching walls, painting interior and exterior. Stone mason - someone knowledgeable about how to utilise this very rich natural resources this land has to share with us. We have plenty of natural stones from the river that we would love to bring to life in the traditional stone house.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Jungle style accommodation/camping lifestyle - depending on the weather, there is a small house with rooftop shelter/yogashala. Essential bedding is provided, own sleeping bag is optional. Dome tents provided if privacy required.

    We would be happy to offer x3 home-cooked vegetarian meals daily based around Ayurveda, mostly sourced from our medicine garden.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Get back into the natural rhythms of mother nature, this land is so healing, just BEing here and connecting is medicine for the soul. There is plenty of wildlife to experience and witness, freshwater springs to swim in. Jungle treks, Ganga treks, natural meditation spots. Mohan has a passion to share his heritage especially his love of food and Ayurveda. Rishikesh is known as the World Capital of Yoga if you want to experience a faster-paced view of life (only 30mins by car). We are more than happy to share our collective wisdom and knowledge. We offer yoga, meditation, energy healing and sound healing if there is interest. Louise has been practising kundalini yoga for almost 20 years as well as offering individual and group energy and sound healing as well as breathwork sessions.

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    A little more information

    • 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

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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