Healing Self

Mindfulness & Sacred Labour


Please Note: Our Volunteer Program has been filled until February 2020

Keep an eye out for future updates.

Many of you have emailed, phoned, visited and asked to be a part of our new story here at Bodhi Khaya Retreat. We have listened to your requests and created a unique 0pportunity.

Fresh out of the oven of our imagination to make the wondrousness of Bodhi Khaya more accessible, we have sculpted a Volunteer Program which is rooted in ancient monastic practices deep engagement in mindful work.

Designed for those looking for a pause, a transition, an introduction to new possibilities, an exploration into themselves in the context of sacred work. Here is a brief description of what may lay ahead:

Our Work-Study Volunteer Program Offers:

An introductory apprenticeship in vegetarian cooking, hospitality, permaculture, community living, health and wellness, council gathering and story-telling, country & sustainable living, and alternative energy. Including off-site community volunteering, comfortable single or shared accommodations and 3 vegetarian meals per day. All this is offered and held within the practice of meditation and mindfulness training. The program is currently free and a stepping stone to potential apprenticeship in the Born as the Earth Mystery School .  

In Exchange For:

36 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 with a strong spirit and follow simple instructions. Willing to tell and create your new story. Bring your songs and a musical instrument if you have one!

Located on a not-so-little slice of heaven on earth:

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! 20 min from Stanford and Gansbaai with Hermanus another 20 min 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, have the opportunity to be:

  • supported by a deeper engagement into your inquiry into yourself in exchange for your responsibility and leadership with new incoming volunteers for additional 28 day modules

  • credited and invited to join the training intensive through our BORN as the EARTH Mystery School partnership program currently under development



  • 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 accepting applications for the available months in the drop down window on the application form (when selecting your preferred 28 days on the application page please enter your choice of month as listed above).