work exchange retreat

**UPDATE: the retreat is now full but you are welcome to help out on individual days 5 – 8 October** Please complete the form and be in touch to confirm your attendance. Knowing in good time really helps for planning. Thanks!

Viveka Gardens is a retreat place in Mid Devon. We’ll be doing work on the land. The seasonal work for this autumn retreat includes chipping wood for mulch and harvesting apples. The retreat culminates in the Community Orchard Day with Apple Pressing here at VG

It’s a six-hour work day in return for:
– vegan meals
– morning and evening meditation
– yoga classes

Accommodation is shared in a converted cob barn

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,  though practitioners are, of course, welcome

Requirements:
– 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

Benefits

-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

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)

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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WORK EXCHANGE RETREAT

4- 11 October

APPLY

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

SCHEDULE

Tuesday 4th October

3pm arrival, settling, briefing

5pm early dinner and tour

7pm gentle yoga class

Weds 5th – Sat 8th

7.30 group meditation

8.00 breakfast

9.00 briefing and work

12.30 lunch

2 – 3.30 work then freetime

6pm dinner

8pm meditation then mouna (silence til after meditation next morning)

Sun 9th

Community Orchard Day with Apple Pressing!

nb on Thursday we’ll have a snack at 5, practice yoga class at 7 followed by souper soup with the group

Monday 10th

meditation, breakfast and departure

you are welcome to rest til noon if you wish