Help with gardening, cooking and around the home in Crestone, US


United States

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  • Description


    We are a Buddhist community nestled in the high desert mountains of southern Colorado. We focus on mindfulness while going about our chores. We love to cook healthy vegetarian meals from our gardens. Participants would learn how to cook, garden, and meditate. In the summer our center hosts yoga and spiritual retreats and in the winter we are in deep retreat.

    We have a traditional meditation hall, swimming holes, hot springs, beautiful hikes, and fruit and vegetable gardens. Many monastic practitioners live here and we invite you to sit (meditation) with us in the mornings and evenings. We have large library of religious texts.

    You would learn about zen meditation, vegetarian cooking, gardening, and community living.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    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 could learn to:
    - Meditate and quiet the mind
    -learn about traditional zen life
    -Cook yummy organic vegetarian meals
    -how to make bread and yogurt
    -Gardening and permaculture
    - explore our huge Buddhist library

    If you are interested in communal living, learning how to meditate and practice mindfulness, then this is for you!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Depending on your skills we have many opportunities for you. We would love help with cooking meals with our head cook, house help like cleaning rooms, gardening. We are open to maintenance skills since we have many buildings and gardens to keep up.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Depending on how many people we have staying we could offer a room, a platform tent, a yurt, or a tent in our campground. We eat a communal lunch. Breakfast and dinner is often shared but participants could also make their own meals. We always have a lot of yummy organic food on hand. There is no drinking allowed on campus and smoking in designated areas only.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You would have time to explore our vast wilderness as well as the many spiritual centers. We have a swimming hole (it's very cold) and local hot springs! There is great hiking, rock climbing and river rafting. We are next to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and we are well known for sustainable building and off grid houses.

    We are four hours away from Denver but we could pick you up from the local airport in Alamosa or from the bus stop in Moffat, CO.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Our internet is very good.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a large parking lot with no hook ups

  • 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

Host ref number: 974114511631