The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga is one of the oldest yoga retreat centres in British Columbia. Aside from hosting retreats, we also operate an organic farm that provides food for our guests, residents, and members.
The Lead Cook reports to the Kitchen Coordinator and is responsible for the daily preparation of meals at the Centre’s kitchen. This will be a season long position potentially from March until November. The kitchen serves healthy vegetarian meals to our resident staff and retreat guests. Meals are prepared from recipes and guidelines provided by the Kitchen Coordinator. This role entails meal and food preparation, organization, cleaning and some inventory.
The position requires a commitment of 28 hours per week of work in the kitchen. All residents of the Centre are also asked to contribute up to 4 hours per week of volunteer communal chores and cleanup shifts. During the first 10 weeks of your time here, we also ask for 7 hours per week of participation in community activities and meetings, as well as classes on yoga theory and practice. This helps new staff understand and connect to the aims of the Centre and the community in a deeper way. Support, orientation and training will be available.
Please see below for further details about the job.
Responsibilities & Qualifications
We’re definitely not your average workplace. Most of the people who’ve lived and worked here count it among the most unique and transformative experiences of their lives. If you’re just interested in punching the clock and getting a paycheck, then this place probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re open to exploring community life and spiritual practice, all while working hard to be of service to others, then there’s a good chance you’ll have a great time with us.
Yoga and Community
As an added bonus, when you arrive, you’ll take part in the offerings provided in our Residential Karma Yoga Program for the first 10 weeks of your time here. You’ll learn and practice alongside other folks who come to work in our kitchen, maintenance, farm, office, and housekeeping teams. This allows new residents to gain a thorough introduction to the teachings and practices of yoga that inspire SSCY. The ten-week program includes:
To apply: Please email us a cover letter demonstrating your interest in this position and resume to:
Please include “Lead Cook” in the subject line.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Feb 14 2020 ID: 56071