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Touch The Earth – volunteer program

The earth is a living, conscious being.
We call space, air, fire, water and earth sacred
because nothing can live without them.
To honour the sacred
is to make life and love possible.

Have you hugged a tree recently? Or connected with nature lately?
Nature is autonomous. She lives, moves and grows without us being involved.
Almost everything that happens on our planet can happen without us being involved.
The trees will continue growing.
Animals and plants will continue breathing.
The grass in your garden, the shrubs in your neighbourhood, the mountains, the ocean, the food we eat: everything is and comes from nature.
And this is what ultimately connects us with our core.
Run some earth through your fingers.
Mix some leaves and twigs in the soil.
Think about what went into that branch, that leaf, the soil.
The leaf came off a tree, that needed soil, water to grow.
The wind blows through her connecting branches
and her face touched the sun every day.
The tree needs the sun and the wind,
and everything that connects our entire planetary system to live.
It’s as if you are touching a whole system, feeling it, observing it, understanding it, loving your relationship with nature.
Join our Volunteer program at our amazing drug-free and alcohol-free, non-smoking, vegetarian sanctuary.  All are welcome.  Please register before attending – see the registration form below.

A vision of a positive future

As we head into times of great chaos and potential destruction,
we need a vision of a positive future.
If we lived in a socially just and environmentally balanced world, what art might we create?
What new forms of healing might we practice?
What unimagined realms of the mind might we be free to explore?

Read more about a vision of a positive future

Can you envision a world that has survived ecological and social catastrophes
to become a place where no one goes hungry or homeless,
streams flow through former streets, gardens are everywhere,
and the culture has the strength and fortitude
to resist invasion without turning to violence.

Where might our vision take us?
What would it feel like to live in a world that celebrates diversity,
where art, joy, love and compassion take precedence over war and weapons?
How would we grow our food, produce what we need,
educate the young and care for the old?
What would it look like to live in harmony with nature?
How would it feel to dedicate your life to a worthy mission?
How can you inspire others by living your vision?
What are the best ways to form alliances with partners
in pursuit of a mission you share?

In this transformative time,
what is the colour of change?

We invite you to join us

So that you can take an active part in the change called for by this time of global transformation, develop the tools you need to identify and shape your vision with renewed inspiration, and practical ideas for making the transition to a truly abundant, just and resilient world, we invite you to join us.

Shanti Yoga Health Institute Australasia is concerned with building a society that protects the earth by developing a deep understanding of the interdependence of our own mind and the environment.

Come to Nirvana and contribute to the rain-forest project or work in the garden or participate wherever help is needed, indoors or outdoors.

You will find awesome projects in which you can participate, which include:-

  • Building vegetable gardens or orchards
  • Building shaded groves in which to sit and reflect
  • Creating bushwalking trails in the rainforest
  • Tree pruning
  • Grass cutting
  • Weeding
  • Planting
  • General maintenance of regenerating sites

Other volunteering opportunities may include:-

  • Cleaning
  • Kitchen help
  • Painting
  • Construction.


  • Volunteers participate in an average 4-hour seva (service) day.
  • Examples of volunteers gardening time can be:


8.30am-12.30pm (for those not attending morning session and breakfast)
includes complimentary buffet vegetarian lunch on the day


9-1pm (for those attending morning meditation/yoga session, and complementary Nirvana breakfast).


Gardening volunteers, should you wish to participate in Nirvana’s regular pre-breakfast session, please feel welcome to attend and start your healing by connecting with yourself first, and then heal by connecting with nature and the green ‘touch the earth’ team after breakfast.


The Touch the Earth program is scheduled on those Saturdays whilst Shantiji is running a retreat and when the Nirvana kitchen is open and functional for catering. All are welcome but please register first (see the bottom of this page).

2019 dates for your diary (Saturdays)

2019 Touch the Earth volunteer dates
On the Saturdays of residential retreats:-
Jan 5, 12
Feb 2, 16
March 2, 16
April 6, 13
May 18
June 1, 8, 22
July 6, 13, 27
Aug 10, 24
Sept 7, 14, 21, 28
Oct 12, 26
Nov 16
Dec 7



8.30am-12.30pm (for those not attending morning session and breakfast)
includes complimentary buffet vegetarian lunch on the day


9-1pm (for those attending morning meditation/yoga session, and complementary Nirvana breakfast).

Phone: 07-5531-0511

Volunteering Application Form

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  • If you have any special needs or disabilities, please provide us with detail.
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About Shanti Gowans

Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community. Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television.

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