Accommodations Internship

The Yasodhara Ashram Accommodations Internship is intended for individuals who want to learn how to oversee housekeeping in a large community; how to manage ordering and supplies; how to be a team leader and to learn about the practice of Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is the practice of selfless service, and is an essential part of life at Yasodhara Ashram.

Located in the rural community of Kootenay Bay, this full-time, 4 – 6 month internship provides hands-on experience caring for guests at all levels of their stay at the Ashram.  Emphasis is placed on being a team leader; acquiring an overview of all housekeeping needs; training karma yogis in:  cleaning, bed-making & laundry skills; managing supplies and ordering; and maintaining an awareness of general upkeep.

In applying for this position it is helpful to have some experience and familiarity with a variety of housekeeping skills as well as sewing and mending skills.  Important qualities you can bring to this position are an open mind, a positive disposition, a desire to make things beautiful and interest in living and learning within a spiritual community.

Homemakers and people who have worked in housekeeping positions are encouraged to apply.


This is a 4 – 6 month full time position.  Please note that we are open to discussing other timeframes based on personal availability.

Our ideal timeframe is the beginning of April (arriving on April 1st) through the end of October – the busiest season at the Ashram.


  • A curiosity and openness to explore living in a spiritual community
  • Ability to multi-task, oversee big picture and day to day tasks
  • Communication skills for reporting, cooperation and instruction
  • Ability to prioritize and adjust plans easily
  • Organizational skills (records, tools, people, supplies)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a changing environment
  • Keen observation
  • A desire to bring care into all actions


  • Embodiment of the spirit of Karma Yoga and ability to create atmosphere for reflection through meaningful work and spiritual practice
  • Ability and ease of working with a team to prioritize and oversee daily, weekly and seasonal activities (seasonal cleaning, record keeping)
  • High level of personal motivation and self-management
  • Knowledge of general housekeeping skills
  • Ability and ease to lead karma yogis with daily projects or tasks (planning, preparing, overseeing, checking in and following through until completion)
  • Ability to work hard.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with Work Coordinators and with karma yogis who are assigned to this area day-by-day.
  • Ability to maintain on-going open communication with Accommodations Manager.



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