Bodhi Khaya Volunteer and Community Participation Program

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  • Bodhi Khaya Retreat, Grootbos Road, Baviaansfonteyn, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Ongoing package (29 days / 28 nights)
  • This Work / Study Program is FREE of charge.

About This Event

A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

MENTORSHIP. Meditation Instruction. MINDFULNESS TRAINING. Hospitality Training. INTRO TO PERMACULTURE. Community Living. HEALTH AND WELLNESS RETREATS. Fire-side Talks and Story Telling. COUNCIL TRAINING. Off-Site Community Volunteering. Comfortable, Single or Shared Accommodations. 3 VEGETARIAN MEALS PER DAY.

IN EXCHANGE FOR

40 hours per week of gardening, housekeeping, maintenance, kitchen, landscaping, retreat preparation and hosting.

PLEASE BE

Self-motivated. A stable couple or single person. Curious. Conscious. Kind. Good listener and communicator. Socially engaged. Deep interest in land, earth based spirituality and conscious living. Environmentally ethical. Open to learning from a variety of people and styles. Able to work hard and follow simple instructions. Willing to tell and create your new story. Bring your songs and a musical instrument if you have one!

ON A NOT SO LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN

2 Hrs from Cape Town and Cape Agulhas. In one of the world’s most diverse and species rich floral kingdoms. Wildlife, birds, flowers, reptiles galore! Min from Stanford and Gansbaai, with Hermanus another 20min down the road. Southern Right and Humpback whales just 10 min away. In the heart of the Walker Bay Nature Conservancy. Under billions of stars. With fresh, clean air & an abundance of delicious mountain spring water. Hiking trails. Swimming in ponds, pools, and ocean. And a fully stocked library and best reading/relaxing porch south of the Zambezi!

ADDITIONAL POSSIBILITIES and BENEFITS

After completing your first 28 days of volunteering at Bodhi Khaya Retreat you may, depending on availability and alignment, be …

able to engage in additional 28 day modules with a stipend included for your responsibility and leadership with new incoming volunteers

invited to join a 60 day training intensive through our BORN as the EARTH Mystery School – (a work / study mentorship program) – free and inclusive for Volunteer Program Graduates

welcomed to begin an application process to join our resident community

HOW TO APPLY

Click on ‘Register Now’ to fill out an application form.

IMPORTANT

Volunteer modules are for 28 days – volunteers start and end their module together.

Modules begin on the FIRST OF THE MONTH and end on the 28TH OF THE MONTH.

We are interviewing volunteers for the months of February (FULL) + March (FULL) + April(Full) + May(Full) 2019  &  July + August + September 2019 (please select your choice of month as listed above).

THE MYSTERY SCHOOL INTENSIVES with Born as the Earth are 60 days in length and begin on the first day of APRIL 2019 and OCTOBER 2019. Graduates from our Volunteer Program can make application to receive FREE TUITION for the Born as the Earth Mystery School.

Bodhi Khaya is pure magic. A place of deep healing and introspection. Truly a place for renewal. ~ Tanya Hagen, guest & facilitator

Schedule


Venue Highlights

It is the land that provides the sanctuary, the air the clarity, the water the healing. Our faculty, programs and community provide the support and security for your unfolding.

The land sustains us naturally. The water here is pure and unfiltered. We operate a bio-digester and biomass generator to recycle waste and supply all our energy. The vegetable garden and wilderness provide abundant nourishment. We are committed to all beings and their future generations.

Living, working and connecting with the land, these are the people who hold the space whilst you explore your surrounds and inner landscape. You will experience a coming home to community and nature, of which we are all a part.

Accommodations

After a good day of deep transformative work there is nothing like being held in a cosy, comfortable room for one's journey through the night world. Our beds and linens and spaces exemplify a simple zen aesthetic and our commitment to service. Bodhi Khaya has 5 different styles of lodging , each unique and satisfying particular needs. We believe the spiritual sanctuary of Bodhi Khaya can be accessible to everyone, we have therefore valued all our beds equally.

CLOISTER
Around a central courtyard, we have 14 beautiful, monastery style single rooms. The first six rooms, in the front section of the Cloister, share two showers and two toilets. Each room contains a bed, small cupboard space to hang clothes and side table. These rooms lead into an open plan living space that looks out across the gardens and labyrinth. The eight rooms at the back (rooms 7 – 14), each has a bed, side table, cupboard and a basin. These rooms share 3 showers and 3 toilets and a treatment room for soaking baths.

COURTYARD
The courtyard rooms are new and modern, and are conveniently situated close to both the Meditation Hall and the main Dining Room. Each room is a twin, with an en suite bathroom. We have named them after the beautiful flowers growing in the garden: Orchid, Poppy, Fern, Wild Olive, Morning Glory, Rose, and Honeysuckle.

Also on the Courtyard, is Garden Room (usually reserved for teachers), a luxurious double room, with a king-size bed, a Victorian bath and open plan bathroom. This beautifully restored building used to be the old dairy and has high ceilings with rustic wooden rafters and a working fireplace.

COMMUNAL FARMHOUSE
Aloe Dorm, with 5 single beds, has its own fireplace, en suite bathroom with two showers and a separate entrance leading to the lush garden.

CAMPING
Being under the stars, on the earth, and in a location you have found most inviting, can only be experienced by camping. We have a number of locations where we encourage your interface with the wilderness abounding Bodhi Khaya. Join a retreat, or design your own family or personal retreat. Bring your sleeping, tenting and cooking gear and set yourself up in the mountains. Showers and ablution facilities are available.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Our food is imbued with love and prayer by our mindful kitchen crew. We believe food is central to health and well being. Our organic garden gifts our vegetarian menu delicious, fresh veggies every day. Wherever necessary, we supplement with the finest quality ingredients from local purveyors. We adapt our menu according to source and seasonality and are happy to accommodate a variety of dietary needs. Important to note and often overlooked, the water here (an essential ingredient in food growing and preparation) is alive, fresh, clean and very, very tasty and comes from our own mountain spring.

Directions

We are 2.5 hours from Cape Town by car and are able to organise a private shuttle service if need be.

FROM CAPE TOWN VIA HERMANUS

From either the City, or the Airport, take the N2 towards Somerset West / George. Continue on the N2. After Grabouw, at Bot Rivier, turn off the N2 onto the R43 towards Hermanus.

Continue on the R43, through Hermanus and follow signs towards Stanford. Continue past Stanford (for 13 km), and then turn left onto the road signed for Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

Follow this road (which becomes a dirt road) for 3.5 km until you see the sign for Bodhi Khaya.

FROM CAPE TOWN VIA CALEDON

From either the City, or the Airport, take the N2 towards Somerset West / George. Continue on the N2 until Caledon. At Caledon Take the R316 towards Bredasdorp.

After 26km, turn right onto the R326 towards Stanford. At Stanford, turn left onto the R43 towards Gansbaai. After 13 km, turn left onto the road signed for Grootbos Private Nature Reserve.

Follow this road (which becomes a dirt road) for 3.5 km until you see the sign for Bodhi Khaya.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE (in case of wet whether/car concerns)

Instead of turning at the Grootbos sign continue straight to Gansbaai (6.9km). Go through town and back onto the R43 for 7km. Turn left to Elim/Baardskeerdesbos.

Continue on the Elim road for another 7km and take the first left turn at the De Uijlenes sign onto the gravel road. Follow the road for 2.7km and turn right at the sign to Bodhi Khaya.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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