Residential exchange @ Trossachs Tryst – Offer and Expectations

We have been offering residential exchanges since 2011, in previous retreat centres,  and have put together this outline of our offer and our expectations to help clarify how we do them and what is expected of someone who comes to support Trossachs Tryst. Expectations have a greater chance of being met for both parties, if there is good communication prior to any arrangements, leading to a more all-round, fulfilling experience.


We are offering:

  • accommodation in a retreat centre setting
  • use of all facilities the house & garden offer
  • daily food allowance
  • rural setting with beautiful views, abundant walks and cycle routes and a sweet water loch within 20 min walk
  • location in central Scotland within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands
  • Daily check-ins and weekly sharings

 Also on offer:

  • opportunity to increase knowledge and skills about retreat centre living including gardening
  • local town of Callander just a 20 min river walk away
  • meditation / yoga space
  • if you are coming from abroad: opportunity to practice English language 

About your hosts – We are:

  • self-aware, good communicators, able to give & receive feedback
  • authentic, honest  & reliable
  • experienced in community living and collaborative approaches
  • experienced in processing issues that can arise in community
  • maintaining a daily spiritual practice
  • experienced in a number of healing approaches


We are looking for people who can provide:

  • 6 hours of work per day with 2 days off for every 5 worked 
  • community input around meals/clear up

Carry out jobs like:

  • setting fences
  • treecare
  • maintenance of vegetable & landscaped garden & paddock
  • maintenance of buildings and paths
  • homecare

 About you – Essential – You are/have:

  • conversational level of English
  • self-motivated
  • practically minded
  • some DIY & gardening skills or ability to pick them up
  • quick learner
  • fitness to do physical labour

 Important – You are/have:

  • friendly with guests
  • a team worker
  • self-awareness and able to contain your own emotional processes
  • a good communicator – ability to give and receive feedback
  • honest, reliable & authentic
  • a non-smoker
  • the ability to work on your own

 Not essential but would be good – You are/have:

  • shared interest in self-sufficiency & green energy
  • shared interest in exploring self-development and spirituality
  • experience in community living

 Length of stay

Your stay is for two weeks. 

We are aware that people might want to stay for different periods of time. We may be open to people staying for longer. The longer the stay, the better the fit between your needs and interests and ours has to be. It is something we are open to discuss after your first week. It may mean you leaving to return depending on the support we have committed to hosting.

If you have read this far and are thinking that we might be a good fit, we ask you to apply in writing and if we feel there is a mutual fit we will invite you to a skype or whatsapp meeting where we discuss the opportunity further.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Mark and Till – Aho!