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Karma Yoga & Meditation Immersion Program

Roles: Cabin maintenance, trail maintenance and gardening
Type: volunteer / with private or shared room and meals
Organization: Siva Ashram
Location: St-Calixte, north of Montreal, Quebec

We are a small ashram located in the forest, one hour north of Montreal. We self finance through a small cabin rental business located on the property. We currently have 5 cabins : a tipi, a tree house and 3 bubbles.

We are presently looking for volunteers to join us and take part in a karma yoga and meditation immersion program through which you will learn how to apply yourself to work while cultivating detachment, devotion and a feeling of oneness. You will also have the chance to join us for group meditation morning and evening as well as other spiritual group activities : singing, vedic and interfaith philosophy classes, prayers and personal development workshops. 

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 or shared 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.

Daily schedule 

  • 7:00 - 7:30 : Puja / Group interfaith singing, prayers and chant
  • 7:30 - 8:30 : Meditation
  • 8:30 - 9:00 : Yoga Practice, self paced or guided 
  • 9:00 - 11:00 : Breakfast, Self Study and Self Care 
  • 10:45 - 11:00 : Karma yoga consecration
  • 11:00 - 14:00 : Karma Yoga (work in assigned department)
  • 14:00 - 17:00 : Lunch and personal time
  • 17:00 : Evening activity, personal development workshop, philosophy class, movie, bonfire
  • 19:00 - 20:00 : evening meditation

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.
  • Selflessness: Working not for our own sake alone but for the sake of the group.
  • Gratefulness and optimism: cultivate a thankful attitude choosing to see the glass as half full.
  • Authenticity: introspective, non-superficial, true


We presently welcome new karma yogi/volunteers on the basis of a 21 days karma yoga and meditation immersion program through which you will get to experience the various aspects of our lifestyle. Upon completion of the program, those interested to extend their stay may apply for the sabbatical karma yoga program and stay for an extra 1 to 6 months. 

If interested, please contact us by email and we will send you a follow-up questionnaire. Questions include background information and previous work/volunteering experience, your previous experience with meditation and the spiritual path, motivation for joining us and the dates you would like to come and the amount of time you would like to volunteer for.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 3 2021    ID: 59717