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Spanish Fork
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 14.5 acres or 5.8 hectare
Persons: 8
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 8683
Region: Mountain

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Last Updated: December 7, 2019

South of Spanish Fork, Utah, in a semi rural environment, we have 15 acres (5.85 hectares) upon which sit a gorgeous temple, a 6,000 sq foot residential facility with comfortable double rooms, two outdoor stages, a large covered pavilion, and amenities for parrots, peacocks, llamas and 3 small cows.

There is a 200,000 gallon lake with waterfall from which we gravity feed one acre under cultivation. The acreage produces chemical free tomatoes, eggplants, varieties of chilis, squash, melons, corn, cabbage, broccoli, green peppers, potatoes and flowers for worship.

We sponsor lots of festivals and yearly yoga retreats. March of 2019 we hosted the 24th annual Festival of Colors (Holi) which attracted 25,000 attendees over a 2 day period.

Other annual events are Krishna Janmastami in August, Festival of India in September, & Diwali, Festival of Lights, in October.

We teach yoga fiour days a week and have classes on the Bhagavad Gita 6am and 6pm as well as daily kirtans. These programs are optional for the guests, though the more they attend, the more they will be informed about the 5,000 year old spiritual culture and practices of "Bhakti Yoga".

The only MANDATORY program occurs every Sunday 5 pm - 6 pm when there is an open house with kirtan, vegetarian feast, and spiritual discourse illustrated by power point presentation. This is an extremely 'seeker friendly' weekly event and guests should attend. As of May 2019, there have been 750,000 downloads of the Itunes Podcasts under the heading "Krishna Temple Sunday Talks" Additionally, Jai Krishna Das, who leads the chanting most Sundays, is a world class kirtan leader. We ask that guests arrive punctually.

There are a gift store on the property and salad bar with hot buffet open (11 am - 7 pm) 7 days a week. We do a lot of cooking for those interested to learn. Anyone who wants to cook a specialty item for the buffet can use the kitchen between 8 am & 10 am daily. Wireless internet everywhere.

We could accommodate up to 12 single adults and couples FOR A MINIMUM STAY OF 7 DAYS. There is no maximum time to stay & in fact the longer the better, providing the chemistry is right. We are not set up for children, just singles and couples. Couple not married stay in separate rooms, men with men and women with women.

We expect 4 hours of diligent work 6 days a week in exchange for room and board. Each morning there is a daily organizational meeting/breakfast at 8:30 am, and volunteers work from 9 am until 1 pm, when there is a six course buffet lunch with salad bar. VEGAN FRIENDLY.

We do not support volunteers getting part time jobs in the area while living and working on the farm. Medical or health insurance is a plus in the unlikely event of an accident.

Local sights are Sundance Resort, Bridal Veil Falls, the Alpine Loop, hiking trails in Hobble Creek, Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Provo Canyon etc. Llamas are available for some treks in summer. We are the number one llama rental facility in Utah with 30 animals on the property.

We are vegetarian and allow no meat, drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes on the property. If you are looking to break a smoking, drug, or alcohol habit by sojourning here, know up front you will simply be a disturbance in the community. We do not take caffeinated tea or coffee and prefer that visitors go off site for consumption of these beverages, and do so early in the day so they are not driven by caffeine to stay up late at nite and be dragging around the next day.

Prospective visitors may also note that we probably do not fit many preconceptions about sustainability and a retreat like atmosphere. There are times of incredible peacefulness and relaxation, and other times, especially around festivals, when it can get intense. Ours is a practical path of bhakti (devotion), keeping God in the center of our activities. Sometimes that lends itself to peacefulness, introspection, and an educational atmosphere. Other times there is more emphasis on getting things done in a certain time frame. Sometimes we are absorbed in the gardening and sustainability and other times we throw ourselves into a special event.

Almost everyone who comes here notes, "It is not what I expected." Most of the time that is a good thing and guests stay longer than they anticipated. But occasionally after a day or two people run for the hills because they were not flexible enough or willing enough to "Let go, and let God."

Guests are requested to respect the spiritual atmosphere of peacefulness and self control, which can be disrupted by immodest dress, public groping (friendly hugs fine), and late night loudness. We like to know as much about you as possible to ensure your stay here will be a comfortable and rewarding one. Please keep your profile full and up to date and mention where else you may have woofed or done help exchange.

Outside work March thru November, and in winter more limited outdoor work, but lots to do indoors with the buffet and gift store.

The closest major airports are Salt Lake City (65 miles away). From the Salt Lake City airport you can take the Front Runner commuter train to Provo & walk two blocks to catch buses # 821 or 822, both of which stop at the temple. Ask the driver for the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork. There is an airport in Provo serviced by Frontier Air Lines, and there are train as well as bus stations in Provo, only 6 miles away. We do not pick up or drop off at SLC airport, but, as noted above, the public transportation is very easy.

We own a former school and 4 acres land near downtown Salt Lake City. There is about 1/2 acre there under cultivation with plans for more. We are in the process of constructing e new temple there. Accommodations are basic. Saturday services at 7 pm are mandatory for in house residents. There are yoga classes Monday thru Saturday at 6 pm, taught by a variety of teachers. All city amenities (Downtown Library, Gateway Center, University of Utah, Temple Square, Ski Resorts) are within easy access.

Wwoofers and helpers are welcome to divide their time between the Spanish Fork & Salt Lake Centers.

These are some comments by wwoofers who have stayed:

Comments
12/24/2010 9:39:26 AM by Anonymous
Really a great experience! Awesome! I came in December when when one wouldn't expect there to be a lot of learning and work to be done outside but there was. Activities went form building a cold frame, to mulching carrots to helping pull a fountain out of ice with a person scooting in a boat.
The hospitality and community were also about as good as you can expect. Immediately I was treated like a family member. They were so receptive to teach my about their faith but were not preachy or intrusive about it in the slightest. It was also very relaxing, probably due partly to the yoga and meditation. I can just imagine what it would be like in the growing season, with the one-two punch of agriculture and mountains all around, and then religious practices and yoga. Truly a unique experience.
1/18/2011 11:20:19 AM by Anonymous
Definitely a UNIQUE & different experience from the usual wwoof host. My girlfriend and I were a bit worried about finding hosts during the Christmas / New Years holiday but Caru and the Krishna Community welcomed us with open arms. We have been here for three weeks and counting.
This is a community of Hare Krishna devotees living and serving at the temple.
Everyone we met has warmly received us like family. The living accommodation is luxurious and the building & surroundings beautiful.
They were glad to share with us their religion, but never forced it upon us. Although we do not share the same beliefs, we were never put into any uncomfortable situations.
Although it was the winter season, we still spent time outdoors helping mainly with the llamas. Also, we spent lots of time in the kitchen helping with their daily vegetarian buffet. Indeed, you will NEVER go hungry here as the buffet is always open. The work is very flexible & reasonable with the opportunity to work on the jobs that most interest you.
We are really enjoying our time here and had our all expectations met. They are upstanding and genuinely caring wwoof hosts. You are bound to have a positive experience if you decide to visit.
Wwoofing during the growing season must be very interesting. With the opportunity to grow & cook food from the gardens + the hiking trails, mountains, and hot springs around.

Unique Opportunities:
- Daily Meditation, Chanting, Hare Krishna philosophy classes, yoga.
- Learning about Indian culture, dress, and cooking!



1/25/2011 4:12:22 PM by Anonymous
I stayed at the Krishna temple for a week in January 2011. I found the community so embracing and inspiring it immediately felt like I'd joined a new family. The temple offers a wonderful opportunity to experience another culture and I highly recommend immersing yourself in the lifestyle--learn to cook Indian entrées and join evening yoga, meditation and chanting groups. The mountain scenery is fantastic and I hope to visit again in the summer time when the garden is growing and the llamas are heading out with hikers.
3/3/2011 4:23:00 PM by Anonymous
I would nearly go as far as saying that my life would never have been complete without a stop here. My accommodations were top-notch (especially the food), but that's secondary. A stay at this Hare Krishna temple is almost like a retreat to perfect soul body and mind. If you choose, you can learn yoga, cooking, meditation, and about the Vedic texts and spirituality in general. What keeps the pulse here beating so strongly is the familial community of interesting, caring, spiritual devotees, which you will quickly find yourself a part of if you are respectful and helpful.
4/20/2011 10:01:02 PM by Anonymous
I've been staying at Krishna temple for 2 weeks and few days. I had a wonderful experience there. I had been many kind of farm before(Canada,UK,the US),and I wanted to do something different,and I chose this place. They have many kind of event. The most interesting event was Yoga Retreat for me. We went to hiking with Llamas. And the landscape is so wonderful! It likes that someone drew the picture. I had a nice company there. Everyone is kind and taught correct english for me. Oh, I forgot to say the most important thing. The food is amazing!!!!! I already miss that food. Thank you everyone!
6/3/2011 12:19:13 PM by Anonymous
My boyfriend and I stayed one week at the Temple and had a great time! Everyone was very personable and welcoming. No one was to preachy or pushy about their beliefs. The buffet was available from lunch to dinner, yoga throughout the week, what else could you ask for? We'd recommend trying morning or evening Aarti and definitely the Sunday feast. Vai and Charu are wonderful people. Would absolutely make the trek back for Holic/the Festival of Colors.
6/16/2011 4:49:49 AM by antowild
i stayed almost 10 days in this temple and it was a great experience. I met nice people, ate good indian food and did good activities (yoga for example). The place is very nice with the big valley and the beautiful mountains. Thanks for all.

Antowild
6/24/2011 3:19:04 PM by Anonymous
wwoofed about 3 weeks at the temple and had a wonderful experience. the workload was reasonable, the food was great and the people were very kind and generous. very interesting to learn more about the krishna beliefs, especially without anyone pushing those beliefs. yoga most days and vita classes, meditation and chanting daily. Utah valley is beautiful, surrounded by mountains, rivers and lakes. hope to come back for the Holi festival of colors next March.
6/29/2011 10:00:44 AM by Anonymous
I stayed here for about three weeks and had a good time. Work was pretty hard (mulching) but only for four hours a day and in good company it went quickly. Yoga on a nightly basis was lovely and lots of interesting people passing through. Thanks for having me guys.
8/7/2011 12:03:04 PM by JLlamas
I stayed at the temple for three weeks in July; helping prepare for the llama fest and working out in the gardens. My traveling companion and I had a wonderful time. The work is enjoyable, and generally not more than four hours a day. Animals of all sorts abound here, ad there are ample opportunities to observe and take note of the life at the temple. What made our stay so memorable though, was the kindness and wisdom of the people here. It was nothing short of amazing. I came much closer to my personal spirituality during my stay, largely though listening to those around me and reflecting on their thoughts. There is a balance of energies at the Krishna temple which I have not found anywhere else, and I know that I'll be back for an extended stay in due time.
9/12/2011 1:12:16 AM by klichtmannsperger
My boyfriend an d I stayed at the community for 11 days. We just had a great time! It was fantastic. We got to know lots of new experiences with a completely different religion and it was amazing! The work we had to do was a lot of fun and we got to know a lot of great people. When you join the farm to work there... it is like become a member of a new family! We really thank all the people there for the great days we spent at the farm! We hope that we can come back soon!
9/17/2011 7:04:25 AM by cosmia
My experience visiting the Krishna temple was life changing! I can say with confidence this is a special, lovely community. Not only was I able to work in a beautiful outdoor environment but I was given the opportunity to dive into my spirituality. The community provides their visitors with plenty of vegetarian food, comfortable housing, enjoyable activities/festivals, and friendship! Also there are friendly animals like llamas and cows to love on!! It was wonderful being among people who live a pure life, people who understand how to live in the spirit! I gained much knowledge through my participation. I am so thankful to the devotees for making me feel like part of the family. Love you all!!!
9/18/2011 12:18:06 PM by TooManyDonts
I had only intended on staying here for two or three weeks, but ended up staying close to six months. That should tell you as much as any of my further ramblings about the value of this place.

This is a place full of opportunities to learn. Whether you want to work with the animals, in the garden, the kitchen, or become involved in the variety of religious activities and festivals that go on. You are only required to work four hours a day normally, and are provided with extremely comfortable quarters and a buffet that is open most of the day and available whenever you are hungry. But most importantly you will meet some wonderful people here. Caru and Vai are one of a kind people, and the many other people that work and visit are all unique.

Overall this is a very special place. The more time and work you put in, the more unique jobs and experiences you are rewarded with. To put it simply, there is no reason not to visit the Temple.
10/12/2011 8:36:48 PM by DanHoffmann
I have been working on the Krishna Community Farm for a little over a month now and am reluctant to be departing soon. This was my first WWOOFing opportunity and I greatly appreciated their genuine nature and hospitality. During my time here I was a part of a strong community, learned a fair bit about gardening, and had the opportunity to experience another culture.

You are able to really make your own experience here. The atmosphere is very peaceful and is perfect for reading and reflection. You may also decide to go the adventurous route and plan trips to the nearby hot springs, national forest, or other places of interest on your days off with the other WWOOFers.

The Krishna Community was a very unique and engaging place to work and I hope to be back in the future.
10/20/2011 8:59:00 AM by yelenak
The Krishna Temple is an incredible place in all kinds of aspects; the mountain views are breathtaking, the people are awesome, the work is unique and fun, and the exposure to Krishna consciousness quickly finds a sacred space in your heart. After spending five weeks at the Krishna Temple I am walking away with a new spiritual family, some life-long friends, useful life-skills, more aware, more knowledgeable, more confident in myself and my world, and with an endless store of memories I will look back on and cherish in this lifetime.

I can't say enough great things about the community. Caru, Vai, Hanuman, and Vraja are beautiful people who have so much to share, if you allow them to. No one will push their beliefs on you, but everyone is open to sharing if you ask. I would suggest attending the Sunday services as well as the daily yoga classes. There's dancing, singing, and a whole lot of fun! Also, I would suggest connecting with the other WWOOFers and exploring the surrounding area in your time off (hot springs are an awesome place to check out).

The Krishna community has proved to be a home away from home and I look forward to coming back time and time again. Thank you for everything! See you at Thanksgiving :-)
12/9/2011 9:13:40 AM by Anonymous
how can i express what an amazing experience i had here at the temple!

ive never been surrounded by such beautiful people who are so open to expressing and receiving love. Unfortunately i was called away from the temple after only a month but i would have loved to stay longer.

the food was great and the people were wonderful- this has been my best wwoofing experience to date!

Thank you for this amazing opportunity, i hope to be able to return!
12/20/2011 8:48:54 AM by stw436
I have been living at the temple for 4 1/2 months now, though it hardly feels as such. While staying here I, and almost every other volunteer, has lost track of time completely due to how comfortable I am here: time is not an issue that weighs on the mind by any means while here. Every host is incredibly gracious, and all are some of the most interesting people you are able to meet in the world today. The work you are asked to do is demanding both physically and mentally, and is also very beneficial to the whole community; so when a project is finished, a real sense of pride and achievement accompanies. This is a place that, should everyone have the time to experience, everyone should experience.
12/28/2011 8:15:21 PM by jeremiahsmall
My brother and I have been staying here for about 2 months now, and plan on staying a good bit longer. It seems that everyone who comes here ends up staying for longer than they intended; this place certainly has a way of captivating you. My brother and had originally planned to stay else where in Utah, but this plan fell through. Thankfully Caru was quickly able to accommodate us when it did. The food here is amazing! It converted my brother to a vegetarian. The work here is great, I'm currently learning how to build a green house. If you are looking for you long lost extended family, you should check this place out.
5/6/2012 12:59:26 PM by Mydean14
I had a wonderful time at the Krishna temple! I was surrounded by amazing people everyday along with super cool llamas, parrots, cows and cats! I mostly helped with the Color Festival during my stay but it was well worth it to see all the work pay off. The Yoga classes were very calming and relaxing and helped me a lot in my path of meditation. I miss it and will definitely be back again in the future!

5/16/2012 11:38:54 AM by Nicky
I was a guest at Krishna Temple & Llama Farm for several weeks. I enjoyed every moment in the beautiful Utah Valley and with the snowy mountains landscape.
The place has very powerful good energies (I can feel them as an energy healer) and the community is kind and understanding. I met a vast variety of people and they inspire a calm and productive ambiance.
Caru is a wonderful guest and I enjoyed every moment working with him and all our conversations from daily issues to deep spiritual insights.
I also was a guest at the Salt Lake City Temple, which is affiliated to this location and there I was invited to a dinner at an Indian family, including singing, dancing The offering and a very tasty traditional meal.
I am looking forward for another opportunity to come back again.
To all the Krisna Temple community, I wish you a happy en-lighted experience an a meaningful life.
Nicky
5/30/2012 1:19:14 PM by angelxc
the color fest was a great experience, great vibes and great people, the food is great and accommodations are good as well. there's great hikes that are near as well as some coffee shops and even a supermarket that's about a 10 minute walk.

Overall I loved the people because they are so open minded about other religions as well, and that we are all just people looking for something.

Yoga classes are pretty chill if you choose to attend.
7/9/2012 6:26:14 PM by dale84
I visited the farm community in early June 2012 and was very happy with my time spent their. It was nice to be around other Wwoofers from all over the world, I was one of six and it seemed like someone new was always arriving. The work we did was wonderful from shearing lama's to working in the garden and general upkeep of the temple. We would usually work from 8-noonish and the rest of the day was off. I would usually work then go to the buffet which was very delicious and then nap from 1-2:30. I would usually do some more work in the evening once it cooled off cause it felt so natural and free to help out, it didn't even feel like I was working, however this was never required. I would love to stay at the community again in the future.

Much Love- Dale

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