We are a small Yoga Ashram near the beach and have two meditation huts in the garden available for someone to stay in, who would like to experience living in this environment. An ashram is a place for working on self-development and social harmony, through practising various kinds of yoga, including the exercises, relaxation & breathing techniques, meditation, selfless service (Karma Yoga), chanting and prayers. You would be able to benefit from all of these practices in exchange for a few hours of daily household duties such gardening, cleaning, office help, cooking (vegetarian) and other simple tasks which may arise day to day. Also some building if you have skills. We are setting up our vegetable garden and greenhouse, so we would need someone with gardening knowledge, how to look after organic vegetable garden (planning, growing seedlings, composting, watering gardens etc). After our 2 workawayers we had just now, we realising the cooking (vegetarian, no eggs) will be a big part of your daily duty at our ashram.
We are looking for 1 or 2 people possibly for up to 1 month of staying here.
The food is included twice a day, but you are welcome to use our kitchen and fridge which is in the main ashram building if you need to eat more times a day. We ask everyone to follow the vegetarian (no eggs) diet while being at our ashram. Since we are eating mostly pure organic food, we had to start charging small fee for the food contribution ($7 New Zealand dollars a day), please note this before sending us messages with request to stay at the ashram. During weekends we share the food preparations tasks.
We are 5 min from the beach, which extends up the coast for 42km, so lot of walking can be done if you would like to. Also on the other side we are surrounded by hills, not very high but enough to have a good steep walk exercise. Generally it is very nice location here, only 1 hour driving from Wellington and yet with the feel of being outside the town in clean and quite environment.
Please be aware that the ashram is a monastic environment and we have some special rules here a bit different to the usual life.
- no TV
- no music (only headphones)
- silence during the nights.
- no alcohol, drugs, sexual activity
We also ask especially ladies to wear modest clothes, loose and long covering the upper arms and legs at least till knees (t shirts are OK, but no singlets).
Most of the times the ashram team is only 1-2 people. If you’re after a quiet time with lots of yoga and meditations then this would be suitable for you.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
You will meet lot of people here as we have about 70-100 students of Yoga and Meditation coming here every week. Our ashram manager is originally from Slovakia in case you are from Slovakia or Czech republic, we will understand your language here :)
We will need a help with day to day cleaning, gardening in our small back and front garden and if you have skills with computers you would be also useful in our ashram office should you wish. Any building skills are also appreciated to do some maintenance work on our buildings. Also cooking, meal preparations (vegetarian only please). A seance for details is most appreciated.
Accommodation is in our small but wonderful garden hut and/or one room in our main building. The huts are equipped with simple cooking facilities to heat up the meals if you need to, but cooking is done in our kitchen in the ashram. There is a shower in the garden with hot water, outdoor full functional toilet as well as drinking water.
We are only 1 hour from wellington, so if you would like to go and see the city of course you can, the train connection is very good. Otherwise lot of nice walks are here, long beach, public library, few shops to get the necessary things and much more.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week
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