Working in Nature at Sudarshanaloka

Giving back to the land


These working in nature weekends have become a regular part of our annual program. They offer an opportunity to engage with the maintenance of the land at Sudarshanaloka in a playful, meaningful, and effective way. In addition, they offer an enjoyable way to spend time with other like-minded people who enjoy contributing back to the land.

Food will be provided at a cost of $40 for the weekend. Accommodation is free although a donation to help with keeping the retreat centre running would be much appreciated.

There is a voluntary 7am meditation each morning and a movie on Saturday night, for those who are interested.

If you have loppers, hedge clippers, shovels, gardening implements or any tools you think could be useful, please bring them along.

Come and spend the weekend in nature working with like-minded people.


Start: 29 March 2019 at 7:00pm
Finish: 31 March 2019 at 12:00pm


$40 for food for two nights. Accommodation is free in return for your work contribution although a donation to help with keeping the retreat centre running would be very much appreciated.

If you want to stay for a few additional days, after the working in nature weekend, we will be finishing the job of painting the house that week. You can join in that work if you want but would need to let us know in advance ( and each additional day requires a $20 contribution to food costs. Accommodation is by donation for those contributing a these extra days of paint work.


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Tararu Valley, Thames

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