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Spiritual Retreat Volunteering

Meditation, live in the Woods in a spiritual community

Roles: Cabin maintenance, driving firewood and water supplies to guests, making firewood, cooking.. 
Type: volunteer / with private room and vegetarian meals
Organization: Siva Ashram
Location: St-Calixte, 60km north of Montreal, Quebec
Dates: We presently have room for volunteers to join us for October and for the months ahead.


Siva Ashram is a small spiritual community rooted in yogic philosophy and inter-spiritual exploration. We share a lifestyle of group practices, meditation, yoga, karma yoga (work), prayer, study and personnal development workshops. We function as a big family and create an atmosphere where people feel at home. This makes our group energy very cohesive, loving and high spirited. When you join us as a volunteer, you become part of our community, giving you a chance to tap into the various aspects of our life while giving us a chance to get to know you, and to grow through our daily interactions. We love sharing what we love and we also do need some extra help to run the ashram smoothly. This involves a commitment from you and a deep willingness to be involved in our activities as we work hard to realize our true potential while giving back to the group. Several of us have commited long term to the path of Self-realization, others are here as volunteers staying with us for a few months or a few weeks, to step back from modern life, do some emotional and spiritual self healing and get clarity about their life path. 


As an interspiritual community, we explore the teachings and practices from the world's major religions traditions (hindu, christian, buddhist, Islamic and jewish), expanding our mind and hearts while deepening our personnal relationship to the Divine in his/her many faces and names.

As an ashram, we are also deeply rooted in yogic and vedic (hindu) tradition. In that regard, we tend to aproach other faiths initially from a yogic perspective, and gradually dive deeper to experience as much of the pure aspects of each tradition as we can. Engaging playfully with seemingly contradicting teachings to develop our own understanding and philosophical flexibility. 

We sustain ourselves through a work exchange agreement with an accomodation business which was established on the same property a few years ago. This business currently has 5 cabins: a tipi, a tree house and 3 bubbles. 

Volunteering will take place with cabin maintenance (cleaner), water and firewood provisioning (driver), ashram maintenance, forest trail maintenance and potentially some gardening and construction work, based on your skills and interest.

Volunteers stay in private rooms and we offer 3 vegetarian meals per day.

You will live with a group of about 6-8 people living in an ashram / spiritual community setting with shared values and daily practices.

We are established on a 34 acres plot of woodland, one hour north of Montreal, in a beautiful, densely forested area.

We also have some pets: donkey, pony, mule, pigs, cats.. which you could help with.

Our site is entirely drug, cigarette, alcohol free.

*We presently have room for volunteers to join us for September and for the months ahead.*

Group's values and attitudinal guidelines:

  • Peacefulness: quiet, avoid rushing, running or over exertion, practice being effective in your tasks without stressing yourself out.
  • Addiction free: No drug, no alcohol, no cigarettes on site.
  • Loving and supportive environment: Caring, avoid complaining and fault finding in others, resolve tension and conflicts as they arise.
  • Connexion: finding strenght in community life and group activities
  • Selflessness: working not for our own sake alone but for the sake of the group and for spiritual growth.
  • Gratefulness and optimism: cultivate a thankful attitude choosing to see the glass as half full.
  • Authenticity: introspective, non-superficial, true
  • Open minded : love and common sense oriented, support for celibate singles alongside commited relationships, LGBT friendly.
  • Spiritual transformation : commited to daily spiritual practice and healthy self-discipline
  • Divinity : understanding that purpose of human life is a mix between seeking God as a friend and realizing our own Divinity.
  • Flexibility : making room for everyone's differences and "weirdness" to express themselves while flowing in harmony with the group
  • Integration : commiting to transforming and integrating our own shadow and life experiences to grow up and gain clarity of mind 

In you are interested, contact : 

kedarnathansubramanian@gmail.com

+1 438-509-1984

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 28 2021    ID: 61466