(to find all projects in this blog, use the links on the left)

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to experience a different culture and way of living. Volunteer positions include helping with and learning about vegetarian cooking, organic agriculture and nutrition, environmentally friendly construction/design projects, yoga, meditation, philosophy, and working with art and educational programs for the children living in and around the community. You can also bring your creative energies to our workshops, make new friends, and have the experience of a lifetime.

Our ashrams are trying to be self sufficiant centers of conscious art and environmentally constructive. All situations are depending on our friends and the volunteers. Expect the need of improvisation. You are responsible for yourself. If you are not healthy please report your condition. If you want to heal yourself from some addiction, inform us to recommend the best place for it. Right of volunteer service depends on local ashram directors acceptance and can be cancelled at any time. Usually one month is minimum, but shorter period is also possible.

While a volunteer in the ashram refrain from smoking, drugs and be a vegetarian. thanks :)

Scroll down to see all the different projects or use the links to the left...

Costa Rica - Shantivan farm

This farm is located close to the active volcano Arenal. It´s in a very beautiful area with alot of wildlife. In the farm is 5 cabins that can hold 8 people each. With its 10 hektars of land alot of help is needed :)

Your participation:
To help in the organic farming under the expert guidance of Vrajendra and Nandalal, help in the trekkingprograms, cooking, maintainance and gardening.




lex said...

Hi, I am very interested in going to Shantivan farm. I'd like to volunteer. Do you know what the volunteer rates are and what cities surround the farm?

vicente said...

hola estoy muy interesado en tener informacion sobre las fincas de shantivan y el servicio de voluntariado espero su pronta respuesta muchas gracias jose vicente

llsoarizon said...

Hello, I am also interested in finding more information about Shantivan Farms in Costa Rica. I have sent an email to the address above and yet no response. I wonder if there another email address to communicate with.

Krystle Dawn Bliss said...

Hello ~ My name is Krystle Dawn and I will be in Costa Rica around the January 15th. I was wondering if you have space in your community? Light&Bliss
Krystle Dawn T.
FB & Email: KdawnTbliss@gmail.com

Krystle Dawn Bliss said...

Hello ~ I am Krystle Dawn. I have been on my pilgrimage and continoue on for the past 6months. I will be arriving in CR on Jan 15th and am very interested in coming to join the community. Is there space?
Krystle Dawn T.

Kelci Graper said...

Hey there!
My name is Kelci Graper. My friend Wayne and I are on a backpacking journey throughout Central America right now and are very drawn to Shantivan Farm. We´re currently in Utila, Honduras and will be making our way down south to Costa Rica in the next couple of days. We are both very open minded, easy going, spiritual individuals. We´re looking to be a part of a self sustaining, spiritually centered eco village or farm and your farm looks absolutely beautiful. If you have space available for volunteers, we´d love to help out any way we can. We can commit to a one month stay and perhaps longer if the help is needed. Look forward to hearing from you. Have a beautiful day!
Email: kgraper@gmail.com
♥ Kelci

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Katherine Kipps said...

Hello, I would like to come to Shantivan Farm sometime next week. I am in Costa Rica as a part of my yearly sadhana and I feel very inspired to dedicate my energies to helping on the farm however you need. I consider myself a highly attune, spiritual yogi and I appreciate this retreat lifestyle that you have created, I wish to join you for some time.
Please contact me at kkipps930@msn.com.

Peace, blessings.


Harry said...

Dear Shantivan Farm,

My name is Harry, am a 23-year old physicist, and I am extremely interested in your farm. I am currently meditating 20 minutes per day and and would like to hone my spiritual practice in your ashram. Also, given the ongoing climate crisis, I would like to gain experience with organic farming that revolves around healing the earth.

I have worked many hours in my parent's organic farm planting, picking, spreading manure, and such.

I am looking to work for a month that falls some time between the end of June and the middle of August and am really willing to throw myself into the work! Do you think there might be a position for me?

Thank you,



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Becky Geelhood said...


I would like to volunteer at Shantivan farm in Costa Rica. I am currently traveling by motorcycle in Mexico with my boyfriend Andrew, who would also like to volunteer. We hope to be in Costa Rica by August, after hopefully procuring a volunteership in Guatemala for the month of July. I am interested in farming and animal husbandry, while Andrew is interested in photography and internet. Might you have a position for us and what are the details?

Muchas Gracias!
Becky & Andrew

Nicool Yaknow said...

Is there any way to become a certified yoga trainer through volunteer work?

Kate Seear said...

Hello I am very interested in long term volunteer work. I have my permaculture design certificate and would love to help in any way i can. I am also passionate about yoga and meditation. Please email me more information. @ kateseear@gmail.com

EmmaB said...

hi there, I tried emailing you but it didn't work

I'm really interested in getting some more information on the Costa Rica Ashram and wondered if you could please email me on:

Thank you :)

EmmaB said...

hi I'm really interested in getting some more information on the ashram in Costa Rica

Please can you contact me on my email:


dia johnson said...

I am very interested in visiting your ashram. Please contact me at alifeaware@gmail.com to give me more information.

Many, many thanks

Alin so said...

Hi your mail adress seems to be wrong, could you write me back

Alin so said...

hey, your mail adress seems to be wrong, could you wriote me back

Ann said...

Did anyone succeed in hearing back from this farm in Costa Rica ? Is this the same initiative as http://ecoyogavillages.org? I didnt find Costa Rica there, but was interested in this farm.

Any review / feedback from past volunteers ?



Somos Eva y Thomas, estamos interesados en hacer trabajo voluntario en vuestros proyectos.

Sería posible hacerlo?

Yo soy eva española, Licenciada en actividad física y deporte y he trabajado muchos años como profesora

de actividad física con personas discapacitadas y también como profesora de español en inglaterra,

Thomas es Inglés ha estuidado literatura y historia, y ha trabajado en diferentes proyectos, uno de ellos en

India como profesor de Inglés.

Sería posible si nos enviais todos los detalles que necesitamos saber para trabajar con vosotros como


Si hacemos voluntariado tenemos que pagar?

Muchas gracias.

Hi there!

We are Eva and Thomas and We are interested in doing voluntary work at your project.

I'm Eva, I'm Spanish I study Pysical education and I work for many years as a teacher for disabled people

and I have experince teaching spanish in London.

Thomas is English He stady Lietarture and History, he is and english teacher had previsosly taught englis in


Could you please let me know if this is posible? And any details about working there?

If we are volunteering do we have to pay anything?

Thank you very much.

email: la.amapolaazul@gmail.com

Laura McDonald said...

Hi my name is Laura and I am in the process of getting my 200 hr yoga certification to teach. I want to give back and volunteer. I was wondering where exactly the ashram was located (which airport to fly into and what transportation I would take to reach y'all) and the rates for volunteering. I wouldn't be able to come and volunteer until August or September. But, I am very interested so please contact me back! my email is LM22192@gmail.com

Trent Kapinos said...

Hi there, my name is Trent. I am 20 years old, and I am finishing school soon. I am traveling to Costa Rica on may 15th, in hopes to do some farming and meet some wonderful people. Your community and farming seem wonderful at the shantivan farm. I have been practicing bhakti yoga the past six months, and have been attending the Iskcon temple in denver, and I love the practice and warm community. I was wondering if I would possibly be able to stay on your farm and volunteer until my family arrives in Costa Rica on July 2nd - so I would be able to stay with you guys from may 15th- july 2nd. Please let me know if you think this would work out, I am thrilled that I found your farm!
thanks a lot, Trent

Emma Stine said...

My name is Emma Stine and I would love to work in Shantivan Farm. I have been mediating for the past year and it has had a great effect on me. I also am very passionate about organic farming and would love to work to helping your farm. I was wondering if I could stay with you from June 1 through the 29. thank you
my email is: emmastine5@gmail.com

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Aidan said...

Not a single person has heard back? That's a bummer... this looked pretty cool and people seemed really interested. Has anyone gotten ahold of them or heard back/better yet visited?

Eva Machado Hernández said...

Helo, my name is Eva I have been called by the beauty full country of Costa Rica in my travels within and without. Searching for a spiritual space to dedicate approximately between one and two months for my spiritual growth and offer my self for service, I came across you page. It filled me with joy to know there is such a place to continue my ongoing transformation and also where one can participate in such a community. I am starting my journey the 14th of March, and would like to come visit and if possible incorporate myself in the flowing river of activities at all levels that take place in the community. I look forward to dig deep in the personal work and in the learning and exchange of teachings and methods to do so, and contribute to everyone´s growth both within and without.

I would like to know if I am welcome, and offer myself as a volunteer in service of nature and spirit.


p.d: le escribo en ingles ya que la pagina estaba en este idioma, pero soy espaniola de Canarias, tengo 23 anios, estudie psicologia y neurociencia, me encantan los ninios y la naturaleza, soy vegetariana, no tengo ninguna adiccion, salvo la de compartir con la gente que me rodea, ya sea en presencia, amor, habilidades, intereses, conversaciones, experiencias etc..

Mi email: ccpevamachadohernandez@gmail.com

Deanna said...

My partner, John, and I are very interested in volunteering during the months of October and/or November if you have availability. We are intrigued by your ashram and lifestyle and think that we would be a great match for you. John and I are both school teachers and are hoping to work with a garden or ashram like yours in order to reconnect with the earth and learn about Costa Rica first hand. We are planning to live in Costa Rica for awhile and want to start off by getting to know the landscape and helping out in gardens or healing centers. John speaks Spanish fluently and I am currently improving my grasp of the language. We have experience working on organic farms and are passionate about organic, sustainable agriculture. We are both daily meditators, and Deanna taught Pilates and yoga classes for 3 years and plans to become certified in yoga during this year. We are both energetic, dependable, cooperative and easy-going, and love to explore nature and meet new people from different cultures. I believe we would be a perfect fit for this reason alone and would love to stay with you and help you on your mission.

Please let us know if you have any questions and hopefully we'll see you in October :)

Thank you,

Kayley Lain said...

I'm interested in volunteering! Is this location still in existence? The email I sent to the contact came back undelivered.


Sara S said...

My name is Sara Syed and I found your farm while searching for ashrams in Central America. My boyfriend and I are planning to backpack throughout Central America this summer and will be in Costa Rica near or during August. We visited Costa Rica last summer for my 200hr yoga teacher training and my spirit fell in love with the country!

Can you please tell me more about your ashram? We are already planning on volunteering at some animal shelters and at some local schools throughout Central America during our trip. We love to help, learn, grow, and share. We would love an opportunity to learn and grow with your farm if you need the help. My boyfriend and I are both vegetarian/vegan and we have interest in meditation, yoga, healthy living, sustainability and healthy living.

I look forward to hearing more about your ashram and farm!

Thank you so much for any information.

Mercedes said...

Hello! I am inquiring about volunteering at the ashram! I am a Human Ecology Master's student in Sweden. My interests include organic farming practices, sustainable living and living harmonically in our world! I practice and teach yoga. I look forward to diving deeper into my personal practice while in CR, so the ashram seems like a perfect fit with my ecological interests and personal lifestyle!

You can reach me at: lmgillett@gmail

I look forward to hearing from you!!


StineGlem said...


I am a Global Nutrition and Health student with a huge passion for yoga, and I am traveling to Costa Rica for about 3-4 weeks in December.

Is it possible to volunteer for a few weeks in December at your lovely place? And what is the cost and accommodation like?

I hope to hear from you.

All the best,

Stine Glem

Unknown said...

Dear shantivan farm

My name is nathanael i am a french musician to experiment creation in each things of my life.
I actually spend lot of week end on class of qi gong for get teacher level. i also do meditation(not only sitting) for open mind, and body to high vibration

I am extremley interested by your lovely, equilibrate, and spiritual place on my way where i can help in a community by action, creativity energy, and my human being.

I also doing some help in european farm, and happen rainbow gathering in swisszerland.

Thank you

Nathanael love you


Hillary Mendoza said...


I would love to do work exchange and live/work in your beautiful and quite magical looking sustainable community/Eco Yoga Ashram if the opportunity is still there. I have been yearning to live in community and work on sustainable projects together, as well as other creative projects, art, yoga, and food (cooking together, sharing meals, etc). I have worked on a handful of different organic farms and in an herb garden, as well as keeping a vegetable garden in the backyard of my home. I really want to merge work with home life, combining the two so they are integrated.

A bit about me:
I recently graduated from the California College of Ayurveda and love all things involving health and wellness. I am an Ayurvedic practitioner and body therapist. I also completed a 9 month herbalism course and love to make medicated oils, salves, and many other forms of herbal medicine. I love yoga and practice on a very consistent basis, as it feels essential for balancing my internal world and well as my external experience! I also got a degree in Art--specifically painting and fiber arts and love all things creative. I am looking to plug into a community of like minded people and after reading your website, I am so inspired by you all!

If I sound like a good fit for your community, please let me know!
I look forward to hearing from you.
With love,

Steven Bruce said...

Really nice blog.very attractive description through pictures.
Volunteer Costa Rica

Diane Mathis said...

I really like your blogging.Thanks.

Unknown said...

Hello, I would love to volunteer!


I'm a traveller from Australia and your farm and eco yoga project looks amazing!

I have experience working on an organic farm, with cooking and I can speak Spanish!

I am very enthusiastic and friendly and would love to contribute to your project! I love to learn new things always and would love to gain some yoga experience, too!

Warm regards


Josh Mason said...

Oh, my email is joshmason.personal@gmail.com