Two Month Karma Yoga Program
Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!
What is karma yoga?
At Yasodhara Ashram, Karma Yoga means learning to offer our daily work as selfless service to the community. We take yoga off the mat and put it into our real life experiences. Applying this yogic practice to your stay benefits yourself as well as the community as a whole.
Karma Yoga is marked by willingness, care, consideration and cooperation. This means doing the work that needs to be done simply because it needs to be done, putting high quality into your efforts and expecting nothing in return. We can lift any task from the menial to the meaningful.
Whether you are working at a computer, cooking or tending the garden, Karma Yoga gives you the opportunity to transform as your every moment becomes a moving meditation.
who is it for?
This program is for everyone. Whether you are on a gap year, taking time out to consider next steps in life, or wanting to expand awareness of your spiritual path, this program can help. Through learning to understand symbolism, the power of speech and mind, and through exploring your attitude to work and service, you can create a firm foundation for your future.
Pandemic Protocols: Fully vaccinated participants can enter into the community and all buildings immediately upon arrival. Non or partially vaccinated participants will require a two-week quarantine stay before fully entering into the community and buildings. This quarantine includes nutritious meals delivered to your door or outdoor pickup; outdoor Karma Yoga; introductory classes; space for walking and reading; outdoor access to Temple satsangs (weather permitting).
WHY KARMA YOGA AT THE ASHRAM?
You will receive invaluable skills to bring out into the world in areas such as gardening, cooking, preserving and hospitality. Leadership, teamwork and communication. You will also be introduced to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness.
This is the perfect opportunity to go deep within yourself in a safe, nurturing environment. You will have time for daily reflection, exploration and connection with the beautiful natural surroundings of the Ashram and sharing with like-minded individuals.
See here for Daily Schedule.
This program allows you to understand what it is to live your values in a spiritual community. It is supported by donations and contributions so that we can live sustainably in harmony with the land and engage our compassion for all living things. Seeking the highest in ourselves and others, we grow and thrive. You will be supported by long-term teachers and other karma yogis to reach your true potential.
WHAT OUR KARMA YOGIS DO
The daily maintenance of the Ashram grounds is an essential part of community living and a great opportunity to learn some of the following:
- Usage of hand tools, machinery, irrigation equipment and techniques as well as snow removal in winter
- Identifying and removal of invasive species
- Preparing ground, planting, pruning in orchard and weeding in existing and new perennial gardens
- General maintenance of grounds
We are an organic mixed market garden, growing a variety of fruits and vegetables on 2.2 acres of land that has been in production for over 30 years. Currently we produce 25% of the food served to members of the community, volunteers and retreat guests.
You will learn:
- How to support soil fertility and practice crop rotation
- Seeding, planting, weeding
- Composting and green manures
- Harvesting, weighing and bed prep for winter
Our culinary kitchen prepares approximately 55,000 meals per year and what our garden doesn’t supply, we source locally. The preserving kitchen is a valuable part of the Ashram, preserving a variety of organically grown fruits and vegetables from our garden/orchard.
You will learn:
- Food prep
- Basic baking and cooking skills
- Fermentation, dehydration, canning
- Freezing and drying techniques
- Food-safe techniques
Longer Term Stays
All positions are filled for summer 2021.
Join the Ashram community for three to eight months and practice the yoga of selfless service as you learn skills for your life path. Learning Residencies are for people who have a skill base or experience in a particular work area.
APPLY TO BE A KARMA YOGI
If you are new to the Ashram, participation in one of our Online Classes is required as part of your application process.
Please plan to arrive on one of the following 2021 intake dates.
Returning Two-Month Application Form
Need More information?
We invite you to an online information session about our Karma Yoga Programs. This is an opportunity to learn more about the programs.
“It’s neat to see how the work as a karma yogi – repairs and maintenance – has evolved into my current construction work. I continue to bring the teachings into my life as much as I can and I look forward to the next time I will be able to visit the Ashram.”
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