Our volunteers and WWOOFers (Willing workers on organic farms) are spiritually interested young people from all over the world - a fascinating mix of social and cultural backgrounds! Since we are all co-creators of the Krishna Village atmosphere, we are very selective about the kind of people we invite to stay with us. We don’t expect anyone to take on the Hare Krishna philosophy, but we kindly ask you to come with an open heart and mind to experience the sattvic way of life: simplicity, health, vegetarianism, spirituality and personal growth.
Code of Conduct
The Krishna Farm as a whole is a spiritual temple environment, so our behaviour should reflect this: a friendly, open-minded attitude and kind behavior are just as important as a decent work ethic, including punctuality and the commitment to give your best. Also, we require a solid level of English so everybody can carry out their work and participate in the classes.
Cigarettes, drugs, alcohol and loud music, on the other side, are not welcome on the farm, nor are meat, fish and eggs. Make sure to fully abstain from these things during your stay to get a full experience of what the Krishna Village is about. Before you apply, please read our complete Code of Conduct and see whether you are aligned with our values.
The volunteer experience
For a volunteer, the minimum stay is two weeks. We work for 5.5hrs/day on 6days/week (Sun-Fri) and rest on Saturdays. We start at 6:15am every morning and mostly work in and around the Krishna Village gardens. At 8:15am we have a 1hr breakfast break and finish work at 12:30pm, right before the yogic living class. Lunch is being served at 2pm and the afternoons are all yours, so you can enjoy a swim, drive to the beach or relax.
We provide 3 meals/day (vegetarian, Indian style Hare Krishna food), or you can cook your own meals at our community kitchen. All classes at the temple and in the Krishna Village are available to you free of charge, including yoga and Life Coaching. Generally, you don’t have to pay for anything, yet some extra cost may apply if you want to use the internet, coin laundry, or buy your own food in addition to what is provided at the temple.
In terms of accommodation, we have a beautiful camping area that suits tents and camper vans, whichever you prefer to bring. We often book out, so please make sure to apply at least 2-3 weeks in advance.
2nd year visas are not available anymore. We used to provide them, but as of 31 August 2015 the Australian government has changed the laws so that only paid work is eligible. For more details, please see the website of the Department of Immigration.
The Krishna Farm
Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Hare Krishna farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre certified organic property with orchards, veggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance.
New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness (Bhakti Yoga). Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple and learn ore about the origins or our "simple giving, high thinking" philosophy.