work exchange retreat

We run specific work exchange retreats here (not long-term individual stays).

Welcome to Viveka Gardens’ Work Exchange Retreats. It’s a chance to work outside in this peaceful corner of Devon.
It’s a six-hour work day in return for:
– vegan meals
– morning meditation
– yoga classes

Residential stays

Sunday June 2nd (arrive from 6pm) – Friday 7th (departure day). You could arrive for the Lazy Sunday Afternoon session 2. 30 – 5.30pm, £45. Yoga classes Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur evenings

Sunday July 7th (arrive from 6pm) – Friday 12th (departure day). You could arrive early for the Yoga and Digestive Health workshop 2.30 – 6pm, £50. Yoga classes Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur evenings

Friday August 9th (arrive from 4pm) – Monday 12th (departure am) possibility to stay a few extra days by arrangement. No yoga classes on this one.

Tuesday October 8th (arrive from 4pm) – Monday 14th (departure am). Yoga classes Tues, Weds, Thurs.

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Accommodation is shared in a converted cob barn

Tasks include: weeding, planting, clearing, managing the woodland, barrowing stuff

Projects this year include: developing the rewilding in the big hare-prayer field, re-modelling the pond for wildlife, preparing the north garden for planting. And in October, picking apples, juicing and holding the Community Orchard Day.

Day volunteering

It is possible to join the group for individual days if you are local but you must arrive in time for the group briefing at 9am (c8.45)

How to get here

We are looking for practical people used to working outside who can garden, clean, have land skills; we are NOT not looking for yoga teaching or cooking, or therapies, though practitioners are, of course, welcome

– physical strength and fitness for outdoor work (work will be safely paced)
– willingness to listen to safety and task guidance
– taking personal responsibility and caring for the safety of the group


-an opportunity to develop yoga practices and explore spirituality
-ad hoc training in horticulture according to the tasks in hand of the season
-a safe, warm and inclusive environment for relaxation, learning and sharing
-an ashram/monastery-style life
-accommodation and vegan soulfood

To comply with employment rules (volunteering is classed as employment) you must either be a UK citizen or Commonwealth citizen with the right to abode in the UK, EU Settled Status, BNO passport holder (Hong Kong) or have a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (working holiday) visas. We reserve the right to ask for proof of this.

As a 100% vegan retreat place there are no livestock or carnivore pets here. The land is managed to increase plant, animal (especially pollinator) and fungal diversity. A Barn Owl has moved in and the main field is the Hare-Prayer field. Fox, deer, badger, field voles and possibly dormice are among the other mammals using the land.

Read more about the land and projects here since 2016

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Complete this form being sure to include:

  • how you found Viveka Gardens
  • what your skills and experience are
  • why you’d like to stay and where you are in your life
  • a little bit about where you are spiritually (also not at all isn’t wrong)
  • it always helps if you’ve developed a relationship with VG by attending online events or engaging on facebook, for instance