CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN REGARDS TO THE PANDEMIC, WE ARE UNABLE AT THIS TIME TO ACCEPT VOLUNTEERS TO THE FARM. THIS MESSAGE WILL BE UPDATED WHEN WE HAVE NEW INFORMATION TO OFFER AND SO PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK. In the Hertfordshire countryside just on the outskirts of London, Bhaktivedanta Manor, complete with its farmlands, beautiful gardens and temple is a real sanctuary for the soul. Open all year round to visitors and students of ancient wisdom, the temple offers a great experience with tours of the shrine, gardens and compassionate farm. Here are the rooms of the famous Hare Krishna guru Srila Prabhupada, to whom George Harrison gifted this iconic mock Tudor mansion. We have inspirational talks, yoga classes, mantra meditation, vegetarian cooking classes and various retreats. We are situated right next to London so the location is ideal for someone who would like to visit the city in their free time. A train from Radlett to Kings cross station in London takes about 20 minutes and will cost just under £10 Radlett train station is a 25 minute walk from the farm or alternatively, a 5 minute bus ride.
Whilst here, we will try to offer volunteers an assortment of activities to take part in. Dependent on the number of volunteers here at a given time, activities can range from serving in the farm to serving in our bakery to milking the cows by hand to cooking in the kitchen to helping with decorations and preperations for one of our many festivals throughout the year. Our wish is to give you a most memorable and enjoyable experience that you can fondly look back on with affection. Our diet is lacto vegetarian and as such milk is in a lot of our foods. Vegans do stay with us and can navigate the menu to some degree. Most of the milk and milk products are from our own cows. Previous volunteers have always commented that they were able to develop and improve their English speaking skills. We want to offer you a unique and alternative experience to witness the practices of ancient Indian vedic civilization and self sufficiency. While you are here, we wish that you feel no pressure at all to get involved but that you know that if you want to, you can get as involved as you would like to in the spiritual practices and ceremonies of the temple. Accomodation - We have 1 caravan with 8 beds, a shower and a toilet which has recently been renovated for the men to come and stay in. We have a nicely decorated caravan for ladies which has 9 beds, a shower and a toilet. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main house which is about a 10 minute walk from the caravans. We do not have any shared rooms, at this time for couples but couples are welcome if they don't mind being accommodated separately. For your ease and comfort, we ask that you bring your own sleeping bag. We do have mattress protectors but we encourage you to bring a bed sheet and pillow with you to make it feel that bit more homely. If all our designated beds are full you are welcome come and stay in a tent that we will happily provide for you if you don't have your own. There are toilet and shower facilities in a cabin outside for those that are staying in tents. These are quite old now and there is a proposal on the table to update these facilities very soon. There is no cooking facilities in the caravans but we do have a communal area where there is facilities for you to cook and socialize.
It was an amazing experience. The staff is nice and friendly people all around. Vegetarian Indian food was awesome to try and learn something new from this community. Great experience if you want to work outside, tasks are super OK and if you want to have a detox from the city.
over 1 year ago
I had a really good experience, I met a lot of people there, the job is easy, if you can live this experience don't think it twice. The only thing that you have to know is that you sleep in a caravan and is really important that you have your own sheets or sleeping bag because they don't have them, the caravan is old but with everything you need. You have to walk every day to the temple around 10 min for to get the 3 meals. The staff is really nice, I am pretty sure that you will have a really nice experience!!
almost 2 years ago
This community is amazing I learnt a lot about hare Krishna movement.
The farm is located 12 minutes from the temple and you have to walk there if you want to take your meals. Food is really yummy.
The hours worked are 6 per day bit splited in all day, you start the shift at 9 am and you finish at
just have 2 days off, literally.
In the profile says that they have yoga classes but I Couldn’t see any class. I don’t know if it was for the season or they don’t hace classes.
The manager of the farm (Kc) is so nice, very friendly you have fun with him and you can learn a lot about farming.
about 2 years ago