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Volunteer Exchange at Happy Buddha

Experience life at Happy Buddha!

The Volunteer Exchange program is an opportunity to experience life at Happy Buddha Retreat and benefit from the retreat program as well.

As a volunteer you will be joining a team of enthusiastic people from Australia and around the world who are a big part of what makes Happy Buddha great.

We welcome all ages (as long as you’re over 18!) and open to a variety of cultural backgrounds too.

You’ll find this program to be insightful and even transformative! We are looking for people who are enthusiastic about living a conscious, yogic lifestyle, whether this is already your lifestyle or you would like to try it out.

Enjoy this amazing location

Accommodation for volunteers in is our Buddha Barn, a house situated just next door to the main guest accommodation. The Buddha Barn is an eclectic mix and has all that you need including a common areas, lots of past volunteer artwork, musical instruments, communal kitchen and shared facilities.

Rooms are big and you may get a single room or a shared room with others. During the retreats you will eat the same delicious meals as our retreat guests and on the days when there are no retreats, the volunteers get together and cook communal meals.

The best part of our new program is that you get to take part in retreat offerings including opening and closing circles, yoga, mindfulness and drumming! This is the best of  both worlds as you also have the chance to live with like minded people and help us behind the scenes at the retreat centre. During your spare time you are free to stay and enjoy your quiet (or not so quiet – we have a drum kit!) time, or you can go for a stroll in Wentworth Falls village, or go explore the Blue Mountains region.

Volunteer with us!

Your role:

During your volunteer exchange you’ll help with a mix of tasks including:

  • Food preparation.
  • Dish-washing and kitchen clean up.
  • Assist with retreat preparation.
  • Be open and beautiful! This is an insightful opportunity to recharge and really explore your happiness.



What’s included

  • Daily yoga practice with retreaters and public classes.
  • Access to retreat offerings which means you’ll partake in retreat openings, closings, yoga, workshops, drumming circles!
  • All food & accommodation.
  • Access to on-site swimming pool.
  • A chance to live an intentional life with like-minded people.

Giving back!

We’re constantly evolving as a business and so too is this program.

This program is all about having the right mindset. You’ll experience something great when you commit to at least two weeks and are willing to give back to this inspiring community.

To register, email our Happy Buddha Team with your contact details and why you want to be part of this program.


Are you the right fit?

Volunteers at Happy Buddha need to be positive and willing to lend a hand in any of the tasks assigned to them. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, as long as you have energy and enthusiasm to contribute in a team environment.

Ideally, you will have an interest in or a practice of yoga, meditation or drumming circles but this is not necessary. More importantly, you have a positive mindset and feel open and ready to delve in deep for at least two weeks of retreat offerings, willing and able to assist with meal & retreat preparation and can’t wait to be surrounded by like-minded people.

In exchange for your accommodation, food, access to retreat offerings and this amazing opportunity to experience our community, we ask that you work 6 hours per day.  View our example roster which details the type of schedule you will experience as a volunteer. This will change according to our retreat schedule, but we do guarantee you plenty of  free time and a day to yourself each week.


Our exchange program is very popular and currently booked up until end of April, 2019.

To register your interest, email us and let us know your name, email address and the best number to contact you on. Also include a brief note as to why you’re interested in volunteering with us.

Kind words from past volunteers…

“What a wonderful time! Those four weeks has gone very fast. We will keep in mind all those memories, yoga classes, amazing food, meditation tips, awesome hikes in Blue Mountains,  and the super team we got the chance to spend time with… 🐨🍓🇦🇺”


“Have spent the past 3 months at Happy Buddha Retreats, and already miss the place like crazy! There is something really unique about this place. Have shared so many beautiful, joyful moments full of laughter, chai, ukulele, hiking, yoga with friends I have become very close to and I miss you all so much.”



“I am volunteering at the Happy Buddha Yoga Retreat Center in the beautiful Blue Mountains in Australia and I am enjoying every minute of it!!.”



Happy Buddha Retreats is a relaxing and healing sanctuary only 1.5hrs drive out of Sydney and 10 minutes walk to Wentworth Falls train station in the Blue Mountains of NSW.


50 Railway Parade, Wentworth Falls NSW 2782

Phone: +61 285406513