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Volunteer program at Welikande


Would you like to spend ONE MONTH co-creating and being part of our community?


In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it. – Marianne Williamson

We are excited and grateful to have you come to Welikande Yoga Retreats as a volunteer. As we grow our community we are reaching out in the hope of increasing our visibility. Your contribution of knowledge and service is essential to Welikande’s mission:

To provide the most nurturing and transformative environment possible to our guests.

Being a volunteer gives you an opportunity to come and experience Welikande in a very unique way. You will become an intrinsic part of our special way of life. We are opening our doors for you to join our community, consisting of the guests, the founders (Michael and Tush), our staff, tour guides, drivers, animals, and many others who help to make Welikande such a beautiful place.


In yogic philosophy, being a volunteer, or offering service is one of the highest forms of yoga practice. The Sanskrit word for volunteering is “seva”. Seva basically means to offer service and to do so mindfully with non-attachment to outcomes. 


In deep gratitude for offering seva to Welikande and our community, our promise is to provide:

  • Single bed in a shared room with bathroom (two volunteers max)

  • 3 delicious vegetarian and vegan meals daily

  • Daily yoga and meditation when offered

  • Participation in activities and events (conditions apply)

  • Access to facilities: Pool, meditation shala, yoga shala, massage center

  • Internet access in the main house

  • 1 day off per week


Our volunteering program is an excellent way to:

  • Live a healthy lifestyle and create lifelong habits

  • Deepen your knowledge and practice of yoga

  • Spend time in a tropical exotic country, close to nature

  • Make a valuable contribution and cultivate lasting connections and friendships

  • Have opportunities to practice teaching yoga and share your talents

  • Learn about the culture of Sri Lanka and visit nearby places and cities


What is not included?

  • Flight tickets

  • Travel, health, and personal insurance

  • Transportation from Welikande

  • Sri Lanka visa cost


Which are the requirements?

  • Minimum age 21 years

  • We only accept volunteers for minimum 2 weeks upto 4 weeks minimum

  • To cover our expenses, an exchange of $250 is donated at the start

  • Volunteering requires your availability 6 days a week between 4 to 5 hours a day.

  • English level of at least intermediate is required.

  • Have an interview with our volunteers' coordinator

  • Only 2 volunteering spots are available for every 4 weeks period


What do we need from you?

If you have experience in gardening, photography, cooking, social media, artwork, or teaching yoga, your skills will be greatly valued, yet the above are not necessary. It is more important that you know how to cultivate positive, interpersonal relationships, that you have a proactive attitude, that you like nature, and that you bring all your willingness to participate with an open heart.


What happens at the end of the 4-week volunteering program?

The cost of the 4 weeks volunteering program is $500. If you would like to volunteer longer, additional days are calculated at $16/day. The cost includes accommodations, meals, yoga classes, and participation in some of our excursion activities.

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