Volunteers do not necessarily have time - they just have heart!

Govinda Valley is a not-for-profit, volunteer based retreat centre located at the foot of the Royal National Park, one of the oldest natural reserves in the world. This beautiful and serene natural setting serves as a backdrop for transformational personal retreat experiences, facilitated through daily yoga classes, kirtans (singing meditations) and inspirational workshops as well as delicious vegan food, relaxing treatments at our healing centre and a loving spiritual environment.

As a yogic community, we aspire to live a simple, healthy, clean and spiritually fulfilled lifestyle, role modelling a practical balance between material and spiritual life. We welcome people from all stages of life, practices and backgrounds to join our community and experience our way of life.

Volunteering as Yogic Practice

For us, volunteering is not considered work, but the practice of Karma Yoga - the Yoga of Action. By serving our community with open hearts and generous spirits, we set in motion a beautiful exchange of giving and receiving, both on a practical and a spiritual level.

Volunteering with us is a perfect combination of karma yoga, private retreat time, sharing in community life and personal growth, facilitated through daily yoga, workshops, kirtans and other related activities.

Is this experience for you?

To maintain our joyous, uplifting, spiritual atmosphere, we are only looking for people who are:

  • Genuinely enthusiastic about experiencing a lifestyle that’s based on ancient Vedic principles of yoga and spirituality

  • Interested in becoming part of a community dedicated to living simple, clean and healthy (vegan, drug- and alcohol free)

  • Keen to join in our daily practices of yoga, kirtan singing (mantra meditation) and self-development

  • Willing to serve from their heart, be a great team worker and get their tasks done with a positive attitude and a big smile


Before you contact us, please read about our conditions of volunteering. Please only apply if you genuinely are:

  • Willing and able to get a good amount of work done (30hrs/week)

  • Spiritually curious and open to learn about our yogic principles and lifestyle

  • Interested in participating in our daily yoga, kirtan and workshop program

  • Volunteering here simply feels like finding another family. During my two weeks there I got to know and learn about bhakti yoga, participating at yoga philosophy classes, kirtans and meditations.
    — Lysbeth / Italy
  • I really enjoyed my stay at Govinda Valley. In my free time I could visit the beaches by train or just by walk. I had time to relax and I learned a lot about myself and my abilities.
    — Hannah / Germany
  • Very welcoming and kind staff, excellent food and a wide range of jobs to be done. Great surroundings to explore in your free time.
    — Rob / England
  • I mostly worked around the kitchen with people of all nationalities and I'm pretty sure I've never savoured such a healthy, tasty and delicious food in my life.
    — Giulio / Spain