Community. This word has different meanings to different people. To me, it’s a group of people, with shared values, that live together and work toward a common goal. Caring for each other, and caring for the Earth.

Over the past two years I’ve spent time living and working in intentional communities around the world. I learned so much about myself, about working together with others, about sustainability.

On this page you’ll find the names and descriptions of the communities I’ve lived in, all of which accept long or short term volunteers. If you’re interested in learning more, please send me a message.

If you’re interested in other global volunteer opportunities, check out this list of websites for more detail!

  • Ratna Ling Retreat Center

    California, USA

    Grounded in the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, Ratna Ling is a non-profit located in the redwoods of Northern California. It is a community of about 20 people, and requires a six-month minimum volunteer commitment. There are positions working in the retreat center, which hosts individual guests as well as groups. There is also a book bindery on-site where volunteers work. The non-profit’s mission is to preserve the Tibetan Buddhist culture, and share these teachings with people around the world.

  • Ratna Ling Retreat Center

  • Jiwa Damai Community

  • Jiwa Damai

    Ubud, Bali

    Jiwa Damai is a non-profit retreat center and organic garden. They host individuals and retreats. This is where my 200 hour yoga teacher training was held in November 2016. There are opportunities for short and long term volunteers. It is a jungle sanctuary just a few miles outside of Ubud, the yoga mecca of Bali.

  • Elephant Nature Park

    Chaing Mai, Thailand

    Seeing elephants is on many people’s Southeast Asia bucket lists. What people often don’t know is that many elephant attractions use brutal treatments to allow the animals to be ridden and perform tricks. Elephant Nature Park is a sanctuary that offers elephants the freedom to roam and live together. There is no riding and no abuse. You can visit the park as a one day volunteer or stay for up to two weeks.

  • Elephant Nature Park Community

  • Mindfulness Project Community

  • The Mindfulness Project

    Khon Kaen, Thailand

    A conscious community bringing people together to live minimally, work together and learn about themselves. Located in a small village in eastern Thailand, the Mindfulness Project offers an alternative to the typical “backpacker circuit” travel in Southeast Asia. Minimum stay is 10 days but the opportunity for self growth is unbelievable and I’d highly recommend staying longer. Learn a little more about my experience there in this post.

  • Suryalila Retreat Centre

    Villamartin, Spain

    A luxury retreat center for individuals and groups. Offers high quality yoga classes daily to volunteers and has an amazing permaculture project focused on rejuvenating land once used for large-scale agriculture. Located in the beautiful Andalusia region of Southern Spain, volunteers can stay for 2-3 months, and sometimes longer. The community offers an interesting perspective because it centers around a business, rather than a nonprofit.

  • Suryalila Retreat Centre

  • A Quinta Intentional Community

  • A Quinta

    Sao Luis, Portugal

    A regenerative landscape project located in Portugal. A Quinta offers volunteers the opportunity to experience life on a family farm. Learn permaculture techniques, including holistic grazing, composting, forest garden creation and much more. Portugal is full of little communities and people seeking alternative lifestyles — a wonderful place to explore!