Learn hands-on natural cooking in an amazing Holistic Retreat in Israel!

The Exchange

You'll be helping us either in the kitchen alongside our executive chef for all the hows and whys of natural cooking, or onsite with tech support, driving/shopping, social media, photography, cleaning. Your "workday" is typically 6 hours: the rest is yours to attend classes, hang out, and savor great food. Sleeping is in a shared same-sex dorm. You'll learn a lot and be close to Jerusalem! Come! :)

What you offer

20 hours of help per week

Photography: Take, edit and provide amazing photos.

Video Making: Create, edit and publish digital videos.

Social Media: Maintain and update social media channels.

What you get

2 days off per week

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Team Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.

Tent: You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Discounts on Accommodation: Get discounts for your stay in other hostels.

Get free drinks or beverages.: Drink up! Get free and tasty drinks for yourself.

Free Events: Get free entrance for the best events in town.

Pick Up: We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.

Yoga classes: Take free yoga classes at our place.

Dance classes: Take free dance classes at our place.

Holistic Therapies: You can take part in any of our therapeutic activities for free.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.

Certificate: Get a certificate of completion after you finish your experience.


Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

We value our volunteers and thank you from our hearts. You will be part of the program, interacting with the guests and teachers. Each day you'll work with other volunteers, supervised by our chef or event organizers, helping us in the way that you suits you best. You'll learn a lot and have a great time. You'll be so healthy too!

Activities & Shift

Kitchen shifts are usually from breakfast to midday, or alternatively midday till evening. You'll be trained by our French macrobiotic chef, an amazing opportunity that guests pay for! Other than your six hours of work, you're free to participate in the retreat activities, and even teach if we have room. You'll sleep in a common dorm, or have the option to upgrade if you prefer to same-sex ensuite cabins.


The Essene Farm is a beautiful spiritual retreat center, so of course we expect you to respect it. Other than that, if you like nature and natural lifestyles, this event is for you.