Experience Life at Happy Buddha

Stay for a weekend, a month or even longer!

Join our exchange program and experience life at Happy Buddha Retreats.

Whether you stay for the weekend exchange, 30-days (or even longer!) you will join a crew of enthusiastic people from Australia and around the world who are a big part of what makes Happy Buddha great. All work exchange applicants over 18 are welcome!

You’ll find your time with us will be insightful and 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, your exchange experience will be life-changing!

This program has limited places so we recommend you plan ahead and apply well ahead of time.

volunteers very happy with vegetarian spread they helped to prepare with Jeevi

Work exchange tasks:

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

  • Food preparation
  • Dish-washing and kitchen clean up
  • Some retreat preparation & housekeeping
  • Be open and beautiful! This is a unique opportunity to recharge and really explore your happiness
Maren enjoying ukelele

What’s included:

  • Daily yoga practice within our community classes
  • Meals during your stay
  • Shared space in a cabin, dorm or room.
  • Access to on-site swimming pool
  • A rare and potentially life-changing opportunity to live an intentional life with like-minded people
Volunteer board with polaroid photos

Giving back!

This program is all about having the right mindset. Our ‘exchangers’ are positive, thrive on giving back, are exploring yoga and meditation as daily practices and love customer service.

Weekenders – you’ll get a taste of retreat life. For those committing to a longer exchange of 30-days or more, you’re bound to feel inspired and excited for life’s full potential.

Three volunteers practice yoga poses with blue mountains in background

Enjoy the Blue Mountains

During your exchange you’ll stay in various accomodations including purpose built cabins, shared dorms and the occasional room in a communal house. Happy Buddha is an eclectic mix of art and comforts. It has all you need including common areas, lots of artwork, musical instruments, communal kitchen, shared facilities and a swimming pool.

When retreats are in session you will eat the same delicious meals as our retreat guests. On the days when there are no retreats, the crew will get together and cook communal meals.

An unforgettable experience

You will be part of a thriving community and participate in yoga classes (depending on class cap of course.) We think our exchange program offers the best of both worlds – you get to meet like minded people and experience see the workings of a retreat from a crew perspective.

During your spare time you are free to stay and enjoy your quiet (or not so quiet – we have a drum kit!) time. Alternatively go for a stroll in Wentworth Falls village, or explore the Blue Mountains region.

Stay with us for our busy weekends OR for for longer, extended period from 30-days. This commitment means you can truly have an unforgettable experience.

retreaters free time

Are you the right fit?

You’ll need to be positive and cooperative. We are looking for people 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.

Ideally, you will have an interest in or a practice of yoga, meditation or drumming circles. However, this is not necessary, so long as you have an open mind and willingness to learn. Most importantly, you have a positive mindset and feel open and ready to delve in deep for the weekend exchange (Friday 12pm to Sunday 12pm) or for the 30-day stay. Please let us know at the time of applying if you are open to the opportunity to stay longer than one month.

Of course, you’ll need to help out around the place too! Exchangers must be willing and able to assist with meal and retreat preparation.

In exchange for accommodation, food, a selection of yoga classes and this amazing opportunity to experience our community, you will be required to work equivalent to 25 hours per week. This may change according to our retreat schedule. However, we do guarantee you plenty of free time and a day to yourself each week.

Volunteers at local wentworth falls cafe

Ready to exchange the good karma?

Before contacting us, please take a look at our HelpX listing. To register your interest please complete the form below. As long as you are over the age of 18 we would love to here from you…

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What you’ll experience…

Was this exchange at Happy Buddha Retreats in the Blue Mountains what I expected? A few words that spring to mind are: BetterEnlightening, Eye-opening, Inspirational, Nourishing, Colder, Heart-warming. 

This is how Meg, one of our amazing volunteers, describes her experience with us! Read more over on MegA MemoriesMeg – we miss you already!!

happy volunteers

Kind words from past yoga retreat volunteers…

“What a lovely place and people! The very first stop on our journey. Spent there almost 2 months and felt as home with family around. Great food, movie nights and plenty of things to fill your free time. 🥰”


“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 at the Happy Buddha Yoga Retreats on exchange in the beautiful Blue Mountains in Australia and I am enjoying every minute of it!!.”


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