Karma Yoga Stay

Available all year round

A Karma Yoga stay is the perfect way of combining work and private retreat time. As a karma yogi you are a part of the Krishna Village community, working for a few hours per day while enjoying the benefits of having a lot of time to yourself to spend in yoga classes, meditate, get a massage or book a Life Coaching session.

The purpose of Karma Yoga

Karma yoga means to connect to the higher self and the divine through loving service and discipline of action. By volunteering a few hours per day to work in the Krishna Village gardens or around the retreat area, you experience a practical, down-to-earth method for spiritual growth: digging your hands in the ground, producing wonderful organic food and sharing your service with the community in a mood of love and kindness.

One of the fundamental principles behind the practice of karma yoga is that in life what you do doesn’t matter as much as your attitude while doing it. So when you serve with joy and an open heart you will become aware of the beauty of reciprocity: the wonderful energy flow of giving and receiving. This is a very valuable life lesson that will hopefully remain with you even after your stay at the Krishna Village.

 
 

The Krishna Village experience

As a permanent eco yoga community, we provide classes ongoingly for all guests, taught by a variety of teachers. The recommended arrival day is Monday, when we run an 11am Welcome Tour for all new arrivals and introduce you to our program, our vision and our way of life. 

To get a general idea about our program, please have a look at our activities overview. At the moment we are running yoga classes 2x/day (early morning and afternoon) as well as Yogic Living classes on Sun-Fri at 12:30pm, which encompass a broad variety of topics around a healthy yoga lifestyle, like philosophy, meditation, ayurveda, life coaching etc.. Many of them are the 'best of' parts of our Yoga Teacher Training curriculum, made available for all guests - like on this example schedule.

Kids are most welcome, but need to be supervised by their parents at all times. So you can only join us for a karma yoga stay if there are at least two parents, one of whom can do a retreat stay and watch the kids, while the other one works. To see if this experience is for you, please read our FAQ for retreat guests and our Code of Conduct. If you are dealing with any physical or mental health issues, please also check our Are you ready page to make sure this is a suitable experience for you.

Example daily schedule

05:00 - Gentle yoga class and Kirtan

06:15 - Start Karma Yoga shift 1

08:15 - Breakfast break

09:15 - Start Karma Yoga shift 2

12:30 - Kirtan and Yogic Living Class

14:00 - Lunch

15:00 -  Time to relax, swim or book a massage

16:15 - Energetic afternoon yoga class

18:00 - Dinner

21:00 - Curfew / quiet time

The practicalities

For a karma yogi, the minimum stay is one week. In return for 20hrs/work per week you pay a reduced rate for your accommodation (usually in a shared twin room) and get free food and access to yoga and all other regular classes at the Krishna Village, that happen outside of your work hours. Our example schedule gives you an idea of what's available.

You work for 5.5hrs on 4 days/week during our usual work hours: 6.15am – 8.15am and 9:15am – 12:15pm. We only have a limited amount of karma yoga spots available, so it’s always best to book well in advance.

Please note: Upon arrival we collect a $50 bond per person to make sure people treat our rooms/equipment with care, return keys and comply with the work agreement. It will be refunded on the day of your departure, given that the agreement has been fulfilled and no bills have been left unpaid.

Make a booking

Please note: Over Christmas season the 'Karma Yoga' option is not available. We only accept full week retreat bookings, with arrivals on Tuesdays 19 December, 26 December and 2 January. From 9 January, Karma Yoga is available again.

Delicious Vegetarian Food

The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible. 

We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple. 

All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...

 

What’s included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Yogic Living classes
  • Temple program and meditation
  • Three delicious vegetarian meals daily

Things you can add

  • Internet access
  • Fresh Jeeva Juice
  • Massage / Reiki healing
  • Private life coaching
  • Transport to and from Krishna Village
  • Travel insurance

The Krishna Farm

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the 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. 

 
 

Things to do

Treat yourself to a massage or reiki session

Visit the cows and help milking

Swim in the river

Meditate near the lotus lake

Cleanse your body with delicious Jeeva Juice

Pick fruits and vegetables in our gardens

Head to the beach (30-minute drive to Cabarita)

Hike up Mount Warning (15-minute drive)

Visit Springbrook National Park (30-minute drive)

Testimonials

I went on a one week retreat expecting to do some yoga and relax. What I got was a profound spiritual awakening , on a piece of property that could be the garden of Eden. The retreat sits just at the bottom of the majestic mountain which houses the temple. With fruit and nut trees scattered all of the property one can never go hungry. We were fed 3 vegetarian meals a day that were lovingly prepared and delicious even for the most avid meat lover. The rooms were clean and fresh. Simple and rustic making me wonder what more could one need to live in bliss. What is really special about this place is how you are welcomed and embraced into a family of strangers who work together to create the absolute haven. The yoga and meditation were on another level that words could not describe. I will be back many times to this garden of eden as amongst strangers. I have never felt more at home.
— Review by Candice P.: “Life Changing!”
I came for a one week yoga retreat to get away from city life. All the staff were really friendly and had a great warmth to them. The yoga teachers were the most advanced I’d met and had a wealth of experience in all kinds of different yogic styles. I learnt a great deal even from just a few classes. I really enjoyed the location (Yoga village) being on the cusp of rain forest and the sounds of the beautiful birds in the morning. The surrounding farmlands and friendly cows also added so much to the experience. The food was also amazing and I came out of it feeling as light as a feather.
— Review by Ben W: “Great relaxing retreat!”
The spirit of the land here is tangible; a calmness, peace, and feeling of ultimate goodness pervades the atmosphere, and seeps onto your bones.This is a place where the radiant, abundant nature of life is beautifully expressed, in all it’s beauty and simplicity.The perfect place to leave the world behind and come home to yourself.You can heal yourself.
— Review by Lili from Melbourne