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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.

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.

Partake in daily yoga practice, live with like minded people and help us behind the scenes at the retreat centre. During your spare time you are free to stay in the Fun House 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 even go for a hike on one of the many stunning walking tracks nearby. We recommend that you go on the hike that takes you to the actual Wentworth Falls – it is a spectacular view.

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.
  • Some housekeeping / laundry.
  • Gardening and grounds maintenance.
  • Yoga teaching and facilitation.



What’s included

  • Daily yoga practice.
  • All food & accommodation.
  • Access to on-site swimming pool.
  • A chance to live an intentional life with like-minded people.
  • An insightful opportunity to recharge and really explore your happiness.


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

We have fortnightly intake dates available.

In order to cover the costs of running this program we ask that you make a a fortnightly contribution of $399. This really helps with the day to day running 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 to our team.

We do our best to match volunteers to tasks that suit them but we can’t always do this, as there are a certain number of daily tasks that must be done. Ideally you will have an interest in or a practice of yoga, meditation, drumming circles or sound healing but this is not necessary.

In exchange for your accommodation, food and this amazing opportunity to experience our community, we ask that you work up to 20-25 hours a week, usually spread over 6 days. This will change according to our retreat schedule, but we do guarantee you one free day a week. We also ask for a daily contribution to help with utilities and other expenses.


This exchange program is very popular and our next intake dates are March 4 | March 18 | April 1 | April 15

If you’re ready for this life-changing experience, email claire(at) with your contact details and intake date.

Namaste ✨🙏 

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