Volunteers work 4½ hours in the morning. Tasks include organic farming, eco construction & vegetarian cooking. We provide daily yoga classes, 3 meals, and accomadation.
Our volunteer program is designed especially for those who want to experience the life of an Eco Village, engage in sustainable activities such as organic farming and much more. At the same time, you will be able to experience the tranquility and harmony that Hatha Yoga and Meditation provide. It is also a great opportunity to meet people from around the world who constantly visit us, and exchange experiences.
Volunteers work 4½ hours in the morning on organic farming, eco building, eco tourism, helping in the vegetarian / vegan restaurant, gardening, art, filming, teaching in our rural school (in case of longer stay), teaching English to members community, and so on. In the afternoon you can participate in the activities of the Eco Village: Hatha Yoga and relaxation, meditation with Tibetan bowls, music therapy with oriental instruments, Pranayama workshop, nature walks, film on a giant screen, etc. Throughout the year, volunteers of all ages and from all over the world come to Varsana to discover their skills, get in touch with Mother Earth, help to improve our community, learn languages and enjoy an engaging experience in a natural environment.
Varsana Eco Yoga Yoga Village also functions as an Asram (School of Yoga). Daily Hatha Yoga classes (to harmonize mind, body and spirit), meditation (to connect with your inner self) and workshops are taught including Oriental Philosophy. Participation in any of the activities is voluntary.
We encourage volunteers to bring comfortable clothes for classes of Hatha Yoga and meditation, and work clothes (bring warm clothes for cold weather). Personal hygiene items, towel and an open mind to share and learn.
We ask that volunteers do NOT bring foods made with meat, eggs, alcohol and all kinds of intoxicants or drugs.
Varsana Eco Yoga Village is a member of an international network of Eco Villages. We grant a certificate of international validity of programs or studies in which volunteers have participate
At Varsana you are welcome to sleep in until 8am if you wish, and at this time breakfast is served. Breakfast usually consists of fruit, granola, and a hot drink. It may also include something traditionally Colombian, like arepas, or a surprise, like chocolate cake! Whatever it is we promise we won't send you to work hungry. If you are feeling motivated, you are welcome to join the daily meditation at 6am. After breakfast tasks are assigned and you are expected to be present and ready to go by 9am. As stated previously the daily services consist of organic farming, vegetarian cooking and eco constuction. The volunteer may choose whichever task the wish. There may also be pop up jobs such as cleaning the volunteer house, preparing the art school or other unseen jobs. Volunteers work from 9am-1pm at which time lunch is served. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day in Colombia and Varsana is no exception. It is almost always served like a buffet, but with a server. At this time some spanish phrases may come in handy such as "solo un poco," "just a little," as you might bite of more than you can chew. On the other hand if your daily service left you with the muchies you are welcome to go for seconds, thirds or well you get the idea. After lunch volunteers are asked to help tidy up the buffet and eating area and then are free for the afternoon. Afternoons are often spent simply going for a walk or tour around the eco farm to learn what exactly is going on in this wonderful place. Volunteers can check out different temples, sculptures, caves, gardens or take a dip in the river. At 4pm daily the is a yoga class. The class is suitable for yogis of all levels and usually last about and hour and a half. After yoga conscious cinema takes place before dinner, in a cozy nook filled with pillows, mattresses and blankets. The idea is that we watch movies to make us think. To inspire ourselves. To enjoy the film but also take something away from it. At 8pm dinner is served. After dinner volunteers often gather in the common room of the volunteer house around the fire and swap travel tales & tips, put on some tunes, and just hang out before heading off to bed for a good night's sleep.
In the afternoon they are free to take part in the farm’s activities
(hatha yoga, meditation, music therapy with oriental instruments, pranayama
programme, movies, etc.), or simply relax, read a book or take a walk through the
surrounding rural environment
The volunteer house sleeps 17 people in five different rooms. Volunteers sleep in shared dorms with bunk beds. Sheets, pillows and blankets are all provided.
We provide three nutritious vegetarian/vegan meals a day combining Hindu and Latin American cuisine with exquisite recipes.