Non-profit plant-based community and yoga space in Tryavna Valley, Bulgaria

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  • Description


    Hello workaways,

    Would you like to join our Non Profit Yoga Community as a Resident or Karma Yogi in 2024?

    We are a non-profit eco conscious plant based who run a raw vegan Chai House. We are a spiritual community who are on a journey to become as self-sustaining as possible. We collaborate as residents and host workaway volunteers (Karma yogis) which we are able to sustain by offering non profit yoga retreats.

    The community everyone here contributes 4-5 hours a day volunteering hours extra hours are available and paid for at Bulgarian rates by prearranged, so get in touch to have a chat. We also look after each other and our space through Karma Yoga, the act of selfless giving (cleaning up after yourself or small jobs walking dogs, collecting fruit extra).

    Our work exchange is for two chef cooked plant based community meals a day, fruit before and after community meals and an amazing raw vegan salad bar lunch, in our Chai House (extra snacks, hot drinks cakes etc must be paid for in the Chai House, volunteers receive a 20% discount).

    You are also invited to join all classes and sessions outside of your volunteering commitments and we have an open policy where all Karma Yogis can share their skills by holding workshops on a donation basis. Residents have some additional benefits please see profile.

    We are looking for individuals or couples that want to join us in 2024 as Residents or Karma Yogis. Please go to the help section to read about the roles. We accept and give priority to long term volunteers (Residents) This means you get to experience becoming part of the community and you will have the freedom to get creative and help shape the project. We appreciate that it's a commitment, but don't think that a long term stay will stop you exploring. We often go on community trips and work our schedules to enable each other to take time off in blocks that allow you to explore other areas.

    If you really want to come but don't have so much time, then you are still welcome to get in touch. We also have some shorter term options (Karma Yogis). We do get a lot of messages so make yours stand out by telling us what skills and energy you would love to bring to the project and we will accommodate you if we can. These shorter stays tend to work best April, May & October for practical projects and as extra hands in the busy spells. Please be aware we gather for meals and sing or bless our food before we eat we practise noble silence in the mornings and have areas where phones are not to be used

    Our project began in 2020, when Row was inspired after finding herself living in a community in Catalonia and being stranded in Morocco during the first lockdown of the pandemic where she lived with many Digital Nomads and travellers. She has owned the house with some land in Bulgaria for 18 years and decided during COVID to convert the space to become a community & yoga retreat. Her intention was to bring people together to share practices, experiences, stories and to create a safe space to host guests who wanted to join the community for yoga and spiritual retreats.

    In October of 2020, with the help of nine Workaway volunteers, work began. We renovated the barn to be used as a yoga and meditation space, an outdoor kitchen for community meals, and the guest house rooms. 2022 has been our first full retreat season, and we continue with projects, having opened a community chai house, co-working space, volunteers’ house, and we are preparing a new forest glamping area for next year.

    We are a vibrant and social bunch who enjoy eating together, playing music around the fire, playing games and dancing. We are not, however, a party place, and there is a quiet time zone between 10.00pm and 8.00am. We are primarily here to develop our self and spiritual practices so early mornings, meditation and yoga are an important part of our daily life, and we prefer you don't smoke. If it's something you're working on then let us know maybe we can help.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique/internet
  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Community living is new to a lot of people and can be a great way to learn about how you connect with others, what positive things you can bring to a group, and sometimes to look inward to assess any triggers you may experience. Every single person brings something positive to the community dynamic, and seeing that in other people, as well as seeing it in yourself, is a magical experience. We have weekly games nights and plan to start to hold weekly BBQ at BalkanNomads our brother site in the village.

    If you are interested in learning more about producing and preparing healthy vegetarian and vegan meals, there is also a lot of opportunity for that here, as everybody helps out in the kitchen at least a couple of times a week. If you want to learn about things that are going on outside of your main role, we can organise the schedule to give you more time in another area.

    This area of Bulgaria is rich in history and culture. We are near to the historic towns of Tryavna and Veliko Tarnovo, Dryanovo monastery, and lots of other interesting monuments and landmarks. We are also surrounded by beautiful nature, with great spots for hiking, mountain biking, and swimming under waterfalls. We have a car and organise weekly trips for the guests, which you are welcome to join when you are available. We can also schedule around you taking a block of time off to go exploring on your own.

    Shipka Pass is close to us, and the old capital that defended from the Ottoman Invasion Veliko Tarnovo is close. Also, a famous mineral spa just 3k away, Voneshda Voda is famous for its healing water. Forests, mountains, monasteries 11th-century buildings of Tryavna, it's a significant area. We also have Dryavano Monastery and famous UFO style communist monument near by.

  • Aide



    Hi Wonderful Souls,
    Would you like to practise yoga, learn and live in a mountain valley community surrounded by forest? We are looking for hands-on resident volunteers. As a resident you are at the core of our community and we couldn’t keep things running without you. We need committed, proactive, responsible and hard-working people to make up our core team! We ask for a commitment of 30 hours of work a week including 5h paid overtime at 10lv per hour.

    We also all contribute to the daily living, practical and logistics of community life through an hour of Karma Yoga a day. We tend to work 5 hours a day 5.5 days a week in the open season which we have found makes the flow of the schedule easier.

    In our experience people who thrive here have a flexible mindset for busy times, which works both ways, enjoy plant based food and have a desire to come to practices and grow their openness to spiritual practices. Our residents do not pay to attend Cacao or any other in-house ceremony or guest coach retreats (special yoga retreats run by visiting coaches) and other special events such as Wim Hoff, Reiki or KAP courses are offered at cost price.

    As a resident you will have your own room and 10 days holiday a season plus 1 long weekend a month after dinner friday until dinner prep monday. You are also authorised once our safeguarding policy has been completed to provide therapeutic services to guests such as massage, therapy, 121 classes, cooking classes, courses or ceremony which you can charge for as you wish.

    Residents who are interested in becoming part of the community long term can talk to us about our work for a free land lease proposal a project we wish to launch next year to enable our residents to have the security of their own piece of land where they can build a temporary building, bell tent or other sleeping accommodation to call home. The land is a 10 min walk from RisingSoul.

    Whilst we would love you to join us for the full season we can accept half season residents .

    RESIDENT: Plant Based Head Chef - (Mid April - End Sep)

    If you are passionate about plant based food, want to develop your skills and have a background in cooking for groups then we would love to hear from you. Our food should be a combination of options from light raw vegan/fruitarian to healthy grounding sustaining wholesome plates.

    You would be responsible for the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of the evening community meal and overseeing the evening Karma Yoga which is where everyone helps to clean up after the meal and leave the kitchen clean and ready for the morning. Many of us are capable vegan and vegetarian cooks so we are here to support and inspire.

    Your team will also make brunch on a Sunday morning, which is the only meal of the day on Sundays and join the market missions on Mondays where we go to buy all the fresh fruit and vegetables for the week.

    We will support and can train you to learn our shopping and storing food systems. We also provide online Health and Hygiene, Ayurveda and raw vegan training. We can cover some paid relevant courses that would help to grow your kitchen management cooking skills. Cost of courses are normally refunded after the completion of your agreed commitment but were happy to assess on individual bases.

    You will work in our stunning open courtyard kitchen which is a social space and we will allocate you a Karma Yogi, cooking assistant chef/trainee. You are free to organise your own schedule with the only requirement that food is ready for our singing or pre meal prayer circle at 17.50 and all sinks, surfaces and cooking equipment is cleaned and put away by this point.

    You will need to organise your schedule and ensure meals are on time and consist of balanced and abundant dishes. You will be assigned an assistant chef and between you will need to provide community breakfast and dinner.

    You will also have some night duties for Karma Yoga as explained above

    Hi Wonderful Souls,
    Would you like to practise yoga, learn and live in a mountain valley community surrounded by forest? We are looking for hands-on spiritually curious Karma Yogis. As one of our Karma Yogis you will recieve a workaway exchange of 5h 5 days a week in exchange of meals as describes in opening paragraphs and accomodation in a bright 4 bed dorm room next to the river and our lovely Chai House.

    We also all contribute to the daily living, practical and logistics of community life through an hour of Karma Yoga every day in addition to working 4-5 hours 5 days a week. All meals are prepared for you (unless your the chef!) and we eat a wonderful range of fresh cooked from scratch food.

    In our experience people who thrive here have a flexible mindset for busy times, which works both ways, enjoy plant based food and have a desire to come to practices and grow their openness to spiritual practices. Our Karma Yogis pay only cost for Cacao or any other in-house ceremony or guest coach retreats (special yoga retreats run by visiting coaches) are normally open to Karma Yogi and other special events such as Wim Hoff, Reiki or KAP courses are offered at cost price. We happily write future work refrences for our Karma Yogis and provide training.

    Your main role will be in the Kitchen supporting and training with our chef and creating healthy balanced brunches for the community. You may cover one day a week at the Chia House making a raw vegan salad bar.
    You will also help with the kitchen deep clean, and storing food etc.

    You will take the lead on brunch Karma yoga duties as scheduled and organise karma yoga roles for guests as they arrive. You will also facilitate 1 baking workshop a week for guests to create bread for the community & treats for the tea house. You will be responsible for making sure that the workshop window is filled in on Mondays by everyone encouraging workshops in the creative & coworking space during tea house open hours.

    You will be someone who loves to make spaces look welcoming and beautiful. You have an eye for detail and love cleaning. You are the person that makes the spaces special and if you have an creative artistic flare then we can give you spaces to get creative with.

    We keep our community clean and hygienic at all times so it's important that you value the importance of doing things thoroughly and in a timely way. We love for there to be flowers and decorations about the place and you will have a garden of your own to look after and help redesign if you wish.

    You're also a yoga lover who wants to attend classes and is actively seeking to grow your awareness. We have wonderful spaces to care for such as the yoga barn and church view courtyard but it's also important to be mindful with people.

    You will be trained and supported by our guest house manager.

    We are looking for someone that can help us to develop our glamping sites usiing natural materials should have experience off off gris or eco minded systems

    We look for skilled teachers that can share their wisdom and practices through a variety of yoga asana and meditation classes. We are open to all styles and if you are able to cover occasional Kundalini Kriyas then that's amazing.

    You should be mindful and implement safe practice to minimise risk of injury and be able to adapt a class for the different levels and personal body types and fitness levels. We welcome creative classes and all meditation styles: yoga nidra, music meditation, ecstatic dance and sharmanic practices are all part of our program so if you can facilitate any of these or others please let us know in your application.

    A love for raw vegan food would be amazing as we want you to help in our community project Chai House either making the raw vegan salads or serving to be discussed .

    You will teach 2h a day 6 days a week as part of your volunteering hours & the other 2 hours a day will be spent in the Chai House. You will have the option to facilitate additional paid yoga classes and workshops

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Bulgarian: Débutant
    Espagnol: Débutant

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  • Hébergement


    Normally a room to yourself two females may have to share a tein room at high season. Light bright old bulgarian house with gardens, eco bathroom (compost loo & solar shower) and small private lkitchen if you want to make tea or eat alone on days off. Log burners for heat rooms have big windows and wooden floors and wardrobes or clothing storage.

    A big bright dorm room with 2 x bunk beds and carpet plus a woodburner the bathroom is being developed of the winter for this room and is planned to contain wood fuelled showers and semi compost loos where its not necassary to empty the urine.

    You can also camp in the forrest if you prefer and we may be able to supply a tent.

    Having experienced many workaways, we feel we offer a very good WorkAway volunteering energy exchange you will recieve nice accomodation, healthy, delicious, plant based meals cooked for you (unless your the chef!) made with natural high quality local produce eaten with our guests as a community twice a day plus fruit & tea and treats.

    We are a vegetarian/vegan plant based community, we avoid all factory produce dairy products but support small local producers of cheese, home made yogurt and free range eggs. We also ask that you do not bring single use plastic we are developing our sustainabilty practices and move towards a zero plastic policy. We are happy to cater for strict vegans please be aware that not all our guests or volunteers will be vegan or vegetarian. We believe everyone is on his or her own path and it is not our place to convert or judge we only hope to inspire and trigger awareness around sustainable and conscious eating.

    All our heating is from log burners we would love help to develop projects that enable us to increase our eco conscious lifestyle, we have collected two abandoned puppies a stray cat. We are like to socilaise with our neighbours and Bulgarian neighbours which can turn into some great nights of local music and cultural exchange.

    Please be aware that whilst we do not drink alcohol at the during guest season, the Bulgarian culture has a heavy connection with a local brew they make from fruit Rakia and wine making which they may invite you to share.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    For residents you may be able to use the car if you have a clean licence.

    We have two dogs, two bunnies and a cat that live here, who are all very friendly and love welcoming our guests and volunteers (especially those that like going for walks!)

    Volunteers are welcome to run workshops for the guests on a donation basis, so if you have a skill that you would like to develop into something that can be taught and shared, it is a great place to give it a go. This year we have had lots of dance, art, and voice workshops which have been a huge success and so much fun.

    We use a system called Trello where volunteers each have their own card. This is where you will find your role description, and checklists for all of your daily and weekly tasks. We also use it for shopping lists and brainstorming, so it is really a communication hub between the volunteers which you can have access to before arriviing if you would like to get familiar.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Yes, we are a mixture of solo travellers and Dig Nomads you are welcome at our community as a guest or we also have the option of joining us as a community friend , if you can not commit to WorkAway hours but can help out with daily tasks in exchange for friends rates 😊

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    In the summer you can drive up our grass track and park on the outside of our community courtyard so you have water and electric right next to you and a outside loo. In wet weather its better to park on the flat car park at the bottom of our track not in the past we have run an extension cable down for the camper vans if needed.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Talk to us

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

N° de référence hôte : 513992965275

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