The Yasodhara Ashram Infrastructure Learning Residency is intended for individuals who want to broaden and deepen their understanding of property management (carpentry, plumbing, building and general maintenance) and the practice of Karma Yoga.
Located in the rural community of Kootenay Bay, this full-time, three month program provides hand-on experience of working in a team to steward the Ashram premises and utilities. The program involves responding to general repair and maintenance needs around the Ashram as well as a series of projects that may involve working with local tradespeople, including carpenters, plumbers, electricians and renewables/heating engineers. Projects will be designed around the current needs of the Ashram and the Learning Resident’s skill set and learning goals, and may include minor plumbing, electrical, carpentry, roofing, tiling, painting and more.
The Ashram property includes renovated and new buildings for teaching, accommodating guests, worship and office use. It has its own shop, sewage and water supply systems and a number of unsurfaced roads, small machinery plus a small fleet of vehicles.
Some experience with tool use and a willingness to get your hands dirty is
helpful. Important qualities are an open mind, a positive disposition and interest in living and learning within a spiritual community.
Skills & Abilities
Helpful Technical Experience
- Use of hand and power tools
- Use of maintenance and operating manuals
- Use of plumbing, electrical, carpentry, plastering tools
- Furniture refinishing or repair
- Ability to work hard physically (lifting, climbing etc)
- Ability to safely use ladders
- Valid driver’s license an asset
Interpersonal Leadership and Communication
- Ability to make work meaningful by encouraging an atmosphere for reflection and spiritual practice, embodying the spirit of Karma Yoga
- Communication skills for reporting, cooperation and instruction
- Ability to prioritize and adjust plans easily
- Organizational skills (records, tools, people)
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Ability to lead a team, encouraging safety and teamwork
- Ability to work in a changing environment
- Consideration and support of colleagues and contractors
- Capacity for problem solving
- Keen attention to detail
- High level of personal motivation and self-management
- 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:
- Feb 5 – Apr 29
- Mar 5 – May 27
- Apr 2 – Jun 24
- Apr 30 – Jul 23
- May 28 – Aug 19
- Jun 25 –Sep 16
- Jul 25 – Oct 14
- Aug 20 – Nov 11
- Sep 17 – Dec 2
To apply, please fill out and submit the application form: