All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 14.5 acres or 5.8 hectare
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 8683
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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:
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. From the start 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.
- Daily Meditation, Chanting, Hare Krishna philosophy classes, yoga.
- Learning about Indian culture, dress, and cooking!