Holistic Center Los Gatos, United States

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The best of California in San Francisco Retreat Center - Building

Help a sustainable project
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Connect with nature
7 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Connect with international travelers
4 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Painting & Decorating
Help with painting or decorating the property facilities.
Building & Repairing
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Free Parties
Get free entrance for the best parties in town.
Free Events
Get free entrance for the best events in town.
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
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Stay at least
4 weeks

The Experience

International travelers very welcomed! Min 1 month, 2+ months higher priority Help 5 days/week, 5 hours/day Maintenance, renovation of house, campground Private trailer/camper NO utility hookups or private yurt tent with bed, have to use shared bathrooms and kitchen with WiFi hot water nearby, power box for lighting and charging phone, propane heater. Free vegan food. Cook your own meal (meat ok)

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  • Beginner English
  • Between 20 and 70 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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12 Reviews


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Hours & Tasks


Holistic Center


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How this experience will transform you

  • 7 Get in touch with nature
  • 4 Meeting international travelers
  • 3 Immersing in the local culture
  • 3 Developing social awareness
  • 3 Meeting locals
  • 3 Practicing English



The forests close to Santa Cruz are peaceful, the place is fine to have connection with natural environment. The search within is a individual choice and the place favors the travel within. The sunlight and the leaves above gives a great present to the presence of stillness. Santa Cruz has a great ocean and great beach to visit and to run all the path is a challenge that brings joy to the body.

4 months ago



Jessica is very kind hearted and she has been very helpful.

almost 2 years ago



Jessica was a great support for me. Until the end she always had a lot of empathy with me and that is very much appreciated. I connected a lot with the nature of the place. And I took the opportunity to study English and meditate.

over 1 year ago



Is a nice place, some things could be better, but is a good place to be in contact with nature and make some friends, jessica is a very kind person and very flexible

over 1 year ago



Beautiful forest to connect with nature and do the Center by yourself. I wouldn't recommend this place to those travelers looking learn about the Center because they don't have anything to learn the Center. They don't provide food but you can go to a nearby church where they donate food, really amazing food. The others volunteers were amazing, friendly and helpful. Jessica was very attending with the cellphone. In my case, I didn't feel completely comfortable and I had been very nervous about the rats.

over 1 year ago

Jessica replied

We have meditation class online (due to covid) every week but no volunteer ever attended these teachings. I used to go and give meditation teachings onsite but very few volunteer were interested so I stopped. We got a Buddhist nun living onsite to teach meditation to our staff and volunteer every day since Oct 2022 right after Andrea left, but participation from the volunteer in the teaching is low, sometimes no volunteer attending at all.
We do provide the vegan food as our listing says, but volunteers don't like those vegan food, for example they told me that the bread and buns we brought no one eat them and they got bad so don't bring them any more. The church provides more variety of food including meat so the volunteers like to get the food from church. We are Buddhist center and are supposed to be vegan or at least vegetarian, not supposed to provide meat.
We are in the forest/woods, there are all kinds of animals including not only deer and turkey but also rats, and this is their homeland, we are not here to kill them.

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