Willing Workers on Organic Farms: ‘Wwoofers’

Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is part of a world-wide community that promotes awareness of ecological farming practices by providing volunteers (“WWOOFers”) with the opportunity to live and learn on organic properties. WWOOFing is an enjoyable, educational and affordable way to explore and get to know the community of Kawai Purapura.

WWOOFers January 2012

WWOOFers January 2012

To discover more about how you can join us as a Wwoofer, call (09) 415 9468 or email Reception.

As well as general work around our beautiful 19-acre centre, we often need help on creative activities.



Part-time for 3 months (minimum).

Kawai Purapura is developing to become the leading retreat centre in New Zealand for yoga, transformational and associated disciplines, and personal development training. We require someone with enthusiasm to be another dynamic and competent person in our team.

This is a wwoofer position. The usual 18 hours is worked for accommodation and there is an additional 6 hours minimum of paid work at $16 per hour ($96). That’s $NZ96 each week.

Receptionist role:

  • reception duties including resident and retreatant enquiries
  • front of house cleanliness
  • assisting other staff as required
  • email and database management
  • wwoofer and volunteer coordination
  • general front-of-house administration

Key attributes that would be beneficial include:

  • excellent team worker
  • capable and confident in your administrative experience and skills
  • skilled and flexible organiser
  • outgoing personality
  • excellent communication skills
  • excellent computer literacy
  • yoga and/or natural therapies understanding or experience

The hours are 8.30 – 5pm three days per week, or by negotiation

If you are interested in making a 3-month commitment – which can be extended for an additional 3 months – let us know:

Call (09) 415 9468 or email  jenny@kawaipurapura.co.nz


Retreat and/or Administration Assistants

We have Wwoofer positions available for people who would like to live in New Zealand plus work part-time for 3 months (minimum). This is an extended Wwoofer role. For the initial 3 weeks a Wwoofer works for 3 hours each day for all 7 days. This then changes to 3 hours each day for 6 days a week. Free accommodation provided.

The semi-permanent Assistants work the usual 18 hours, plus an additional 6 hours and be paid for those 6 hours at $15 per hour. That’s $NZ90 each week.

The Assistants help with all aspects of our Retreat Centre, Events and Festivals:

  • retreat venue set-up and cleanliness
  • retreat event and festival marketing and logistics
  • assisting retreat holders and organisations
  • email and database management
  • wwoofer and volunteer coordination
  • general front-of-house administration

The hours are 9:00am-12:00pm Monday-Friday, or by negotiation, plus 6 hours flexi-time which may include weekends.

If you are interested in making a 3-month commitment – which can be extended for an additional 3 months – let us know:

call (09) 415 9468 or email  jenny@kawaipurapura.co.nz for either role.

New Listings!

Senior Retreat Assistant

Are you positive, outgoing and great with people? Would you love an opportunity to work in a fun and exciting team environment? Are you passionate about holistic health, healing and spirituality?

A fabulous Wwoofer is required for our beautiful retreat centre based in Albany, Auckland. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic by nature with a “can do” attitude. Experience in event planning and/or management of volunteers or staff is highly desirable. Interest in yoga a major plus!

Necessary attributes include: Great attention to detail. Confident, self directed worker with great initiative and innovation. Flexible and adaptable with the ability to efficiently manage time and multi-task. Ability to communicate effectively, especially in high-pressure situations. 

Responsibilities include: Managing a small group of wwoofers daily, so great people managing skills are a must. Taking care of our venues and facilities so that they look beautiful each day. Setting up and packing down of retreat spaces to meet the specific requirements of our retreat holders.

This is a 3 month commitment where you will be required to work 34 hours per week (18 hours for our best Wwoofer accommodation and 16 paid hours with 2 consecutive days off.) Must be willing to adjust hours for special events and quiet times. Feel this is your area of expertise? Get in touch by emailing retreat@kawaipurapura.co.nz


Wwoofers at Kawai Purapura February 2014





Encircling_the_green-400pxFeedback from Emily

It has been such a pleasure my time here at Kawai Purapura. I have learnt so many valuable lessons that I will carry with me always. It has been a very transformational time and has given me the experience I required to come into greater alignment with myself so I can step more fully now into my inner calling. So I will always have such deep gratitude for you and the space that you hold (which I see is vast – in awe!) and all the wonderful people that I have had the good fortune to meet and work alongside as well of course the power of the land and the wisdom of the ancestors held here to support us on our unique and collective journeys. – March 2014

Feedback from Troy and Brian:

WWOOFers delight! Perfect base camp for traveling the North Island!

Kawai Purapura or KP as I have come to call it, was an exceptional place for our first WWOOFing experience. The community is very well established and the duties expected of you are routine while still allowing variation. Daily work starts at 9 and shift ends at 12. They offer discounted yoga classes, community dinners, semi-private accommodation, and the ability to work extra hours for days off. The property itself is absolutely serene and includes many tramps. The staff at KP is as friendly as they come and we look forward to using this as our WWOOFing base camp for our travels.

You can see other testimonials from WWOOFers here!