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Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
  • What is a mandala garden?
    It is a circular garden that is beautiful to view as well as being a high yield system. Our mandala consists of a pond and perennial plants at its centre, surrounded by 6 circular beds growing annual vegetables and a large perimeter ring planted with perennials to control pests and attract beneficial insects.
  • What is a food forest?
    A food forest mimics ecosystems and patterns found in nature with multiple vertical layers of edible trees and plants growing together.
  • What is an eco pond?
    It is a pond that contains living organisms such as plants, animals and microbes as well as non-living parts such as rocks, gravel, water and soil. Ideally these components interact with each other to create their own ecosystem and thus an environment of peace and tranquility as found in nature.
  • What is Zone 5 (area of regeneration)?
    The concept of zone 5 is about preserving and conserving wild areas because we depend on them for the trees, oxygen, habitat and wildlife. We are fed and nurtured by these spaces and are able to observe how they function and benefit other systems.
  • How can I get involved?
    If you'd like to lend a hand in the garden, please contact us to find out how you can volunteer in the garden.
  • Where is Ukuzala House located?
    Ukuzala House is located on the NSW Central Coast. The semi-rural property is nestled in alongside the stunning Bouddi National Park.
  • Who is Ukuzala House available to?
    Ukuzala House provides free respite accomodation to individuals, couples and families who are experiencing hardship and would benefit from some time away from the circumstances affecting them. This needs to be requested through a mental health professional who will contact the house manager to arrange it.
  • How many bedrooms does Ukuzala House have?
    Ukuzala House can accomodate a whole family, be a restorative couple's retreat or simply serve as a tranquil place for an individual to take a break from the things in life that feel overwhelming. Please see configuration of bedrooms and beds under the house tab.
  • How do I make a booking?
    Bookings for Ukuzala House are made with various counsellors, social workers and welfare organisations. If you are a mental health professional with a client that you've identified could benefit from a reprieve but doesn't have the financial means to take a holiday, please reach out to us via the Contact Page to find out more or discuss eligibility. If you are an individual experiencing hardship of some kind, speak with your counsellor, social worker, psychologist or other mental health care professional about making a referral. 
  • How long can I stay at Ukuzala House?
    Our bookings are short-term, usually between 2 - 5 days. We aren't a shelter or long-term accomodation provider. Our effort is to help as many people as possible to pause, reflect, rejuvenate and then re-connect with life.

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