Experience the magic of a hidden mountain Shangri-La

The Exchange

Bordered by two cascading creeks and ringed by the highest mountains in the eastern USA, the mountain is a secluded Shangri-la hidden deep in a forested valley, 35 minutes north of Asheville. With names such as Elfhaven lodge, Hermitage, Bali House, Frodos, Rivendell, Enchantment, Narnia, the Gypsy Wagon and a Tree House, our accommodations offer visitors a truly magical experience. This is a gay friendly place :)

What you offer

3 hours of help per day

Reception: Help with check-ins, check-outs and guest assistance.

Housekeeping: Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.

Handyman: Help with a wide range of repairs or building.

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens

What you get

2 days off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.


Intermediate English

Over 18 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

We are very laid back and flexible. We always try to fit the work to a volunteers interest. Currently we have three full time residents who started out as short term volunteers. Banana Patch Hostel is a part of Mountain Light Sanctuary, an retreat center with a very progressive and international perspective.


We do like to have some email conversation before making a commitment.