Hospitality Learning Residency

The Yasodhara Ashram Hospitality Learning Residency is intended for individuals who want to learn how to oversee housekeeping and management 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 learning residency 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. Sewing and mending skills are appreciated but not required. 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.

  • A willingness to learn
  • A curiosity and openness to explore living in a spiritual community
  • A desire to bring care into all actions
  • Ability to oversee both big picture and day to day tasks
  • Communication skills for reporting 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 and attention to detail

Some of these can be acquired through the program, however previous experience is an asset:


  • Knowledge of general housekeeping skills and interest to learn more (making beds, folding laundry, cleaning, reporting things that need repair, dusting, vacuuming etc)
  • Ability to prioritize and oversee daily, weekly and seasonal activities (seasonal cleaning, record keeping)
  • Take the initiative to solve problems, work out difficulties and differences in an open and constructive manner.
  • Ensure adherence to quality expectations and standards.

Physical requirements

  • Ability to work hard physically (Move, lift, carry, and place objects. Walking between buildings, cleaning rooms).
  • Drivers license is helpful.

Interpersonal Leadership and Communication

  • Ability to make work meaningful by encouraging an atmosphere for reflection and spiritual practice, embodying the spirit of Karma Yoga
  • High level of personal motivation and self-management
  • Ability to give feedback to others about how work needs to be performed
  • Ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with Work Coordinators (Karma Yoga managers) and with karma yogis who are assigned to this area day-by-day
  • Ability to maintain on-going open communication with the Hospitality Manager and with the registrations area of the office.
  • Desire to work in and help maintain a harmonious work environment
  • An attitude of service, a positive disposition and an interest in living and learning within a spiritual community.
Intake Dates and Application Process

Applications for learning residences close one month ahead of each intake date. Early applications are encouraged. Intake spots
may be limited to one resident per intake period.

The three month residency dates for 2019 are:

  • Jan 8 – Apr 1
  • Feb 5 – Apr 29
  • Mar 5 – May 27
  • Apr 2 – Jun 24
  • Apr 30 – Jul 22
  • May 28 – Aug 19
  • Jun 25 –Sep 16
  • Jul 23 – Oct 14
  • Aug 20 – Nov 11
  • Sep 17 – Dec 2

To apply, please fill out and submit the application form:

Download Learning Residency Application

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