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

We are 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), where guests hire our facilities and host their own retreats, while immersing themselves in the spectacular natural surroundings.

We are a yogic community aspiring 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, practises and backgrounds to join our community and experience our way of life for the precious time they are with us.

For us, volunteering is not considered work, but the practise of Karma Yoga (Yoga of action), where together we share our service with the community with an open mind and generous heart and spirit and together experience the beautiful exchange of giving and receiving.

Volunteering with us is a perfect combination of karma yoga, private retreat time, sharing in community life and enjoying the enriching benefits of our personal development program, which consists of yoga and various kinds of workshops and activities.

We are looking for enthusiastic people keen to join our community and share in our lifestyle and project.

We like you to be informed about our volunteering program before you volunteer with us. Please read about exchange opportunities and conditions of volunteering.

  • 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