Help is required! from  9 April 2024 for 2-4 weeks  . 


This is your opportunity to join a small private retreat for work exchange. I am seeking applications from yoga teachers or someone who enjoys the yogic way of life and is willing to help for 2-4 WEEKS for the end of New Zealand summer.
One of the things that makes WHY Retreat great is our program of hosting visiting yoga teachers. We are fortunate to have had excellent teachers from all over the world join us for a couple of weeks or months at a time. The program is strictly a work exchange basis, and more like living in a family environment than a workplace.
I enjoy mentoring teachers who are thinking of running their own retreats. My community students benefit from the different styles of yoga that my visiting teachers bring to the center. My retreat guests have variety in their classes as well. Guests and visiting teachers share meals with me, and this leads to some interesting discussions.
As a helper, you would share in the day to day duties such as cooking and cleaning, helping in the garden or around the property, as well as some teaching if you have yoga teacher qualifications. There is no schedule as every week is different. Some weeks there are no guests, and our retreats range from 1 to 5 people for 5-7 nights. An open mind, willingness to help, and ability to openly communicate is essential to maintain the harmonious and joyful environment I try to create. While the model is based on the wooffer or helpex system of 4 hours work per day in exchange for accommodation and food, there are no set hours so its important that we both feel we are benefiting from the experience. Having said that, in busy times I need to be able to rely on my helpers for certain tasks which will be clearly defined ahead of time.
Its important to know that we are in an isolated rural environment without public transport. The nearest shop is a 10 minute drive. Our community is friendly and supportive but you will need to be the type of person who enjoys time on your own. Why Retreat is my home, and I operate the retreat on my own with the help of visiting teachers. Please review my web page for more information, particularly ABOUT US for information about WHY and Jo, the RETREATS and events page, THINGS TO DO and our community class TIMETABLE.


 Grateful for the opportunity to teach yoga at WHY Retreat - Holistic Yoga and Hiking Retreat in New Zealand We had a wonderful group of women for holistic yoga classes, reiki, meditation, hiking, and even a cold plunge in the sea. I LOVED teaching for this group/the community This was my first retreat experience as an instructor and better than I could have imagined. The retreat owner, Jo, is a yoga therapist and Reiki Master with decades of experience teaching and leading retreats. It was an honor to join her at her retreat!During my time in NZ my goal is to teach yoga around the country and gain experience on how retreats are led - what a beautiful way to kick off my NZ travels at WHY Retreat xxxThank you Jo Woollacott for this lovely experience!

Amanda Joy 2023

Working at WHY Retreat is everything Jo claims it to be.
You are provided with your own private, spacious, self contained caravan, and delicious, home cooked, wholesome whole food meals (often with vegetables plucked straight from her garden).
You have the opportunity to explore some of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches, mountains and hikes, and build relationships with not only the guests, but also the local community.
The Yoga studio at WHY Retreat is awesome. Quiet, peaceful, and fully equipped with everything any teacher could ask for including mats, bolsters, blocks, straps, blankets, and eye pillows.
Jo is very supportive and understanding of her workers dietary requirements and wellbeing, and while the hours may vary depending on the retreat schedule, she makes sure you get your down time and rest too.
I would highly recommend spending some time working at WHY Retreat.
Thank you Jo,
Simone Lena Andersen - Yoga Teacher


If you would like to join me please email me with your DATES OF AVAILABILITY and a brief description of your yoga teaching experience or any other skills you would bring to the retreat. Please understand that reviewing applications takes time, which is precious to me. Kindly ensure that your travel arrangements are secure and you are able to make a commitment to a specific time frame before you contact me.
click here to apply with the subject VISITING TEACHER.
I am excited to meet you!


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