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Karma Yoga, Bhakti 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

Are you interested in spending the summer in the forest and become part of an intentional community for a couple weeks or months? 

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 in our daily life of yoga, meditation, prayer, meaningful work and interfaith-totally-non-dogmatic study of ancient spiritual traditions. 

You will learn to practice karma yoga, which is where actual work happens.. this is the art of being peaceful on the inside while being active in daily activities. Turning work into a spiritual practice. 

We meditate twice a day and practice yoga and group singing and prayers in the morning. There are often workshops at night on various topics such as personnal development, meditation, yogic practices etc.  

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 - 8:00 Meditation 
  • 8:00 - 9:15 : Morning satsang, prayer and inspirationnal talk
  • 9:15 - 10:45 : 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

In you are interested, contact :

+1 438-509-1984

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 7 2021    ID: 60547