Balenbouche Estate has been described as a magical place, a world in itself, a life changing experience, and a journey back in time. For over 20 years, our secluded 60 acre property has brought people together to reconnect with each other, with nature, and with the spiritual world – but most of all, with themselves. Balenbouche is a popular place for retreats, events, workshops, team building and work exchanges. Past and current events include Art and Photography, Archeology, Culture and History, Sustainable living, and Wellness focusing on Detox, Nutrition, Mind/Body healing, Yoga and Fitness. We can accommodate between 8 and 14 guests in 5 private cottages. We welcome individual travelers, groups, couples and families! Our guest volunteer program and work exchanges are offered from April to December. Balenbouche is located in the South of St. Lucia, 20 min from the UVF International airport and 30 minfrom the town of Soufriere, near many of the islands best attractions.


Free / Work-Trade

Construction and Maintenance Volunteer

Apr 15 - Nov 15, 2018Minimum stay: 14 nightsMaximum capacity: 2 people
Food included
We are looking for qualified individuals for a work exchange in construction and maintenance at our historic Eco Guesthouse in St Lucia. The family owned and managed Balenbouche Estate is set on 60 acres, and includes a 180-year-old colonial house, 6 guest cabins, gardens, trails, historic ruins and beaches. Our largely wooden and historic buildings require a lot of upkeep, and we are also adding more accommodations. We are looking for someone with a background and experience in construction, carpentry, framing, electrical, plumbing, or ideally a little of everything. We are offering room and board in exchange for 30 hours/week, with a flexible schedule. St Lucia and Balenbouche offer many attractions and activities and we are happy to help you make the most of your working holiday with us!

Eco Guest Cottage

Minimum stay: 3 nightsMaximum capacity: 12 people
Food Not Included
Balenbouche Estate is a 60 acre heritage site, organic farm and guest house offering five charming cottages on the beautiful South-West Coast of St. Lucia. The property includes an 18th century sugar mill, authentic plantation house, and expansive grounds with fruit orchards, pastures, lily ponds nature trails and adjoining black sand beaches.

You can prepare your own meals in one of our self-catering cottages, or take advantage of our delicious daily breakfast or dinner by reservation. A local restaurant is a 5 minute walk away, several other st lucia restaurants as well as a supermarket are a 5-15 minute drive away. A rental car is recommended, but taxis and buses are also available. Whatever your interests, our family will help you make the most of your stay on the island!

Many of our guests feel very much at home here, and keep returning! Start or end your day with an inspiring yoga class, a delicious, wholesome meal, a walk through the grounds, or a swim at our secluded beach. Several times a year, we offer yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats, and the property is very popular with photographers and artists. We also have a seasonal work exchange program for those interested in getting more involved with our mission of preserving the beauty and authenticity of this historic property.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

20 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • French

People on site

3 - 16

Dry season

December to May

Wet season

June to November

Living Conditions.


  • private room
  • entire house

Omnivore Food

  • over 80% locally sourced
  • restaurant on site


  • fast: streaming video

Ongoing classes

  • yoga
    1-2 times per week
  • breathwork
    1-2 times per week
  • nutrition/cooking
    1-2 times per week
  • meditation
    1-2 times per week

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