Farm to Table

The relationship between our food, where it’s grown and how it’s prepared and an individual’s holistic health is a key component of the Shala. We use the highest quality of resources at all time and infuse them with our love and presence. Ayurveda, the Science of Longevity serves as the guiding principle for all of our meal preparations.



Seasonal Organic Unprocessed Local

The Kitchen


The kitchen is overseen by CYS co-owner, Matt. Matt trained as a chef in Austin and has incorporated his knowledge of Ayurveda into the preparation of meals. Matt has trained multiple chefs for the shala through kitchen apprenticeships. We are fortunate to have a revolving order of cooks for our offerings throughout each year.

You can enjoy recipes from home with our Shala Cookbook: Cooking with Heart.

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Wild Crafter Forager Gardener


Farm Manager, Haleigh Smith


Haleigh comes to the Shala from Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a home for big cats and one of the largest facilities of its kind open to the public in the United States. She designed and implemented their massive composting operation.

A degree in Horticulture, she has managed other urban farm projects in Northwest Arkansas. Haleigh’s passion for working in cooperation with nature to grow and produce the highest quality of nourishment for all levels of being human is a gift to all who come. A wild crafter and forager, she utilizes all aspects of the domestic gardens to the abundant forests surrounding the shala.

Haleigh is also a Circle Yoga Shala trained teacher at the 500RYT level and offers weekly Yoga classes open to the public every Wednesday at 6:15 PM and Saturday at 10:30 AM.




CYS is an approved farm with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms Organization:

When WWOOFing meets Yoga in NW Arkansas. *Video Created by WWOOF-USA Ambassador



The property consists of approximately 1/2 acre organic vegetable gardens, flower and herb gardens, an orchard, chickens and horses.

WWOOFers have access to yoga classes and philosophy discussions as available, if desired. We are located in the foothills of the Ozarks and are within minutes from many natural wonders, such as the National Buffalo River for floating, national park hiking trails like Hawksbill Crag, elk herds, crystal caves and more.

The property is connected to a water source provided by the rural water company; however, we collect our cooking and drinking water from a spring that is prolific, pure and does not need filtering.

We do not accept pets; however, we have many four-legged animals here for your enjoyment.

Our goal this season is to expand what is already in place in terms of production and also efficiency. We would like WWOOFers who have a basic knowledge of gardening.  

We host a maximum number of three WWOOFers spring through mid-summer, and host at least 1 through summer. Please do no inquire about winter months.

For info about opportunities at the Shala, join WWOOF-USA to inquire.