Henrike came as a WWOOFer in December 2012 while on a road trip up the coast with her son. She stayed for a month, thriving in the peaceful and balanced atmosphere and the healthy organic environment. She moved to Murwillumbah in April 2013 to manage the administrative work and has been the director of the Krishna Village since May 2016 as well as focusing on her life coaching practice. She holds a diploma in life coaching, a master practitioner of NLP and, apart from coaching clients in her private practice, acts as a mentor for new life coaches for TCI.
Caren holds a Bachelor of Applied Social Science degree and has worked in the counseling industry for 6 years. She is a qualified massage therapist and member of IICT. Apart from the hands on massage teaching, she helps to prepare the new practitioners for the professional aspect of entering the health and well being industry. She covers topics from accreditation and insurance to spiritual and emotional self-care.
Dee has worked in the natural health industry both as a business owner and massage therapist for approximately 15 years. She holds a diploma in remedial massage and a variety of qualifications in different whole body massage techniques, including the modalities of Balinese massage, yoga floor massage and Kahuna massage. She is also a Reiki master and Spirit Surgery facilitator. Her IICT accreditation qualifies her to provide training and issue internationally recognized certificates in Intuitive Balinese massage and Reiki.
Lila completed her education degree at the Sydney University of Technology in 1998 and has been teaching yoga since 2005. From 2008 onwards, she has been working full time as a yoga teacher trainer in Byron Bay. She completed pre and postnatal yoga training with Bliss Baby yoga in 2012, and now also is a regular presenter on their courses. After becoming a mother, Lila completed a kid's yoga teacher training with Zenergy yoga in 2014 and occasionally teaches mum's and bubs, mum's and toddlers, and kid's yoga classes in the Byron Shire. Lila also holds a diploma of remedial massage.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Michael began his yoga journey at the age of 20 when he left his profession as a studio musician and joined a Bhakti yoga monastery. For the next 10 years, he traveled Australia, New Zealand, and India as a celibate monk, daily studying the traditional yogic canons and engaging in strict daily yogic sadhana. Then, after another six years as a traditional Vedic (Hindu) priest, he took an interest in the more physical aspects of yoga. He successfully completed a three-year diploma course with Satyananda Yoga before finally finding his passion with Power Vinyasa.
He is a philosophy teacher, a teacher by noon, and a rapper by night. At 17, he was noticed by Young Entrepreneur after joint-founding a company that personalized gifts in Greater London, which went on to win a Future100 award for ethical and environmentally-friendly business. Having been to India 7 times over the past 5 years to study and explore the secrets of the Indian wisdom texts like Bhagavad-Gita, he was invited to teach philosophy and host interactive life seminars in universities and institutions in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Nigeria, India, Australia, and New Zealand since 2010.
Damien first started studying permaculture in 2005 during a holiday to Thailand. This experience forever changed him and the way he thought about the world and the possibility for humans to live harmoniously on our planet. Since that time, he has volunteered on a variety of farms throughout Asia and has lived and breathed permaculture during the last years as a full-time live-in student and staff member at Zaytuna Farm, home of the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) in Australia. In addition to permaculture, Damien is also currently completing a Masters degree in Social Ecology.
Fionn Quinlan has close to thirty years experience in working with the land and the learning processes associated with it. He was raised on the North Coast of NSW and has worked and studied alongside some of Permaculture's pioneers including Graham Bell, Robyn Francis, David Spicer, Geoff Lawton and David Holmgren.
from Australia, July 2018
The volunteers provided a good atmosphere. The surroundings were very pretty in terms of its location.
from Australia, March 2018
"A touch of paradise "
Everything was wo derful...the yoga, the food, the people ...the ambience.
I will be returning😉
from Australia, February 2018
"Amazing week away"
I went to the retreat for a week with hardly any expectations.
After the 8 days I didn't want to leave.
I went to the daily yoga classes and just spend time with myself. There is heaps of space to retreat or you can join the yogi classes / coaching sessions.
I will definitly go back.
from Australia, July 2017
"Sadly would not recommend for yoga lovers "
Really positive and friendly spiritual place. I would recommend the village for people who are looking for religious guidance. Volunteering seemed to be the best way to experience this place as everything is then free including the yoga classes and religious styled life coaching sessions. You will also never go hungry and every meal is vegetarian with vegan options also provided.
from Australia, April 2017
"Magical land of happiness!!"
Everything about my week here exceeded expectations like I can't explain. The people are all amazing, the yoga was great and tailored more towards beginners which was nice after a yoga break of a few years! The accommodation is basic but clean and all you need.
from Australia, June 2017
With respect for self and respect toward others, one can never step out of bounds
a traveler Australia
Trip Advisor website
I commenced my yoga studies at Krishna Village in January after tossing up whether to travel to India for my studies or not. Due to my family situation staying in Australia was the best option for me at the time, and Krishna Village, with its emphasis on Indian philosophy, seemed like a really good second choice in which it was.
I stayed at the village as a yoga student for six weeks, and I absolutely LOVED the place. Living in a community like this is something I've never done before however it was a great experience. It was pure bliss. Everyone had an interesting story to share and were there for the same reason; to seek spiritual - or self growth which created this amazing atmosphere. We shared some beautiful conversations over meals. A perk of the place is all the volunteers, as you meet people from all around the globe with very fascinating stories to tell.
As yoga teacher students we were not forced to attend any temple ceremonies as this was something we could choose ourself, in which I appreciated. 2 out of 3 meals do get served at the temple, so all students, volunteers, and guests eat there twice a day unless cooking for themselves at the village kitchen which also is an option. Personally I really enjoyed eating at the temple as it was social and nice sitting side my side on the floor sharing a meal as a group. The temple food tasted yummy, but you wouldn't go there to loose weight. There's a lot of sugar and saturated fat in the temple food/drinks. The lunch we ate at the village was absolutely delicious and very healthy, however it is not 100% organic nor are the juices. Not a biggie, just worth mentioning as I didn't know this was the case to start with.
Every Sunday night there's a Sunday feast at the temple where they serve food for the Krishna Village and broader community. You can borrow a sari from the village if you would like to get dressed up, which was fun.
Krishna Village is a little peace of heaven where the people (especially the yoga students and the volunteers) make the place, and I really believe this is just the beginning for Krishna Village and I can't wait to see where they are in a year or two. There's so much awesome potential! I am really glad I did my yoga teacher training there.
a traveler Australia
Trip Advisor website
This place is a gem, it takes you to a different dimension of living, there is an organic farm and almost all meals are prepared with fresh picked vegetables and fruits from the garden. Accommodation is sweet and simple, I stayed in a single room cabin and it was very comfortable, outside there is a leafy balcony where you can relax in serenity of singing birds. There are three Yoga classes a day, run by different teachers, international and locals, lots of workshops and short courses. Massage is quite good too, I had only one session with Claire and it was good, I heard that other massage therapist are very good too. The food is AMAZING! Pure heaven for all vegetarians, vegans and fussy gluten free-ers like me. There is a creek with aka a "Massage Rocks" , 30 mins walk or 5 mins drive from the village, Jacuzzi by nature in beautiful tranquil settings. For quiet time and meditation you can walk to the Lotus Garden, that is 10 mins walk from the village. Overall, it's a special place where I met wonderful people and created a space in my heart filled with harmony and good vibes.
Roisin McSweeney Victoria (Australia)
Krishna Village website
During Damien's time teaching permaculture, he was able to bring clarity to such a complex subject of knowledge. He was able to understand the level of knowledge of the students in the class enabling him to explain and teach in a way that is suitable to that level. He expressed passion for the topic and shared the many years of experience he has in permaculture in an easy and informative manner. He was also willing to take time to those that were unsure of any part of the course. He was accommodating and he made it a safe and exciting learning space for me and all others
Josh Thomas Idaho (USA)
Krishna Village website
Damien did a fantastic job in teaching this PDC, though. He was on point for the entire class. He spoke eloquently and passionately. He knew all of the material without hesitation and provoked us all to thought and action. His presentation and knowledge base was a compliment to the course and I walked away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of Permaculture because of Damien's teaching and passion.
Helder Fernandes Lisbon (Portugal)
Krishna Village website
I had the chance to meet Damien during my PDC in Jordan, 2016 where he was co-teaching with Geoff Lawton. He was objective, passionate, dedicated and with a lot of care for students, giving a good step by step thru design and always adding a personal and practical input of his field experiences. He showed good skills in managing not only class subjects and timings but above all human relations and its psycho-sociological delicacies. I foresee a good career with great success.