Holistic Center Los Gatos, United States

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The best of California in San Francisco Retreat Center - Cleaning

Help a sustainable project
This host contributes to building a better and more sustainable future for all!
Connect with nature
6 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Connect with international travelers
3 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.
Kitchen Hand
Help prepare, finish and serve meals.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.
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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.
You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
Free Events
Get free entrance for the best events in town.
Bikes at your disposal
You can use our bikes any time you want.
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.
Get free drinks or beverages.
Drink up! Get free and tasty drinks for yourself.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
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Stay at least
4 weeks

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Join the host in pursuit of these goals and contribute to building a better and more sustainable future for all.

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The Experience

International travelers very welcomed! Min 1 month, 2+ months higher priority. Help 5 days/wk, 5 hours/day Cleaning and housekeeping mostly 12p-4p. Private trailer/camper NO utility hookups, 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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Holistic Center


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How this experience will transform you

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



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

over 1 year 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.

about 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

about 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.

about 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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Jessica was communicative throughout the application process, and she welcomed my daughter to participate in an on-site youth leadership camp as part of our stay. I really appreciate that. I enjoyed opportunities to get out and explore the culture of the area as well as get to know other volunteers from around the world. That said, the accommodations offered more of a third world experience than anything thoughts of Silicon Valley may conjure up. For me, it furthered my awareness of the dichotomies of our lives and helped me see others with more insightfully.

about 1 year ago

Jessica replied

We are in the Santa Cruz mountains, in the middle of redwood forest/woods with all kinds of animals around, not any city. This is the homeland of animals of the forest and we as humans are not here to kill or drive away any animals.

The Santa Cruz mountains area is very dry. All other retreat centers in this area get water from the wells and have signs of conserve water in all the bathrooms, some even suggest not to flush the toilet every time after use to save water.

Having said that our campsites are award winning, ranked top 5 in all campsites in CA on Hipcamp. We are very lucky to have abundant water from a natural spring and no need to put signs of conserve water in all bathrooms. And we provide unlimited free hot water shower which is a luxury in this area. Our trailers are dry camping experience. If one is expecting standard city facility, it's the total wrong expectation.

Los Gatos is also a very expensive city with medium house price $2.7M. One small campsite for 4 people without even a tent is $80/day on weekends and $40/day on week days. So a private trailer should cost around $100/day on weekends and $50/day on week days. This is nothing cheap by any means.

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