Yoga ashram for garden and household help with lots of Yoga and Meditation near Wellington, New Zealand



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Dear friends,

    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 ashram 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.

    Our ashram is a part of the international chain of system . Although we only teach this yoga system here, we welcome help of all sorts from individuals and couples who are interested in developing or strengthening a spiritual practice and their own personal growth. We aim to find work for people that they enjoy doing. We have a variety of tasks needing workers, from maintaining and enhancing the vegetable gardens, hothouse, general gardens, as well as painting and maintaining the building, cleaning, cooking, preparing for yoga classes, workshops and resetting the space after them. In general, we ask volunteers to work 3 hours work per day (5 days a week). The working day generally follows this routine:

    7.30am : Morning Prayer (Arati) - optional

    7.45-9am : Individual yoga/meditation practice

    9.30am : Breakfast

    10am-1pm : Work

    1pm-3pm : Quiet free time

    4.30-5.30pm: Dinner

    7:30-8.45pm Yoga class

    9pm: Evening Prayer - optional

    9.30pm: Silence till morning

    We are looking for 1-2 people ideally for minimum 2 weeks up to 1 month of staying here. Longer term would have to be discussed individually. The working time as indicated on our ashram schedule is about 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. Weekends free.

    The meals are not offered as a part of our work exchange, you would need to get your own. There are plenty shops around where you can get the groceries.

    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 follow certain rules that may not be part of your usual daily life, such as:

    - periods of silence

    - no music or TVs etc..

    - modest clothes

    - high level of cleanliness

    - daily prayers

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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 :)

  • Help


    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. A seance for details is most appreciated.

  • Languages spoken

    Czech: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Slovak: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours daily-5 days

Host ref number: 894994835775

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