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Position: Infrastructure Learning Residency
Type: 5-8 months, volunteer position with accommodations & food, stipend available
Organization: Yasodhara Ashram
Location: Kootenay Bay (near Nelson BC)

The Yasodhara Ashram Infrastructure Learning Residency is intended for individuals who want to broaden and deepen their understanding of property management (carpentry, plumbing, building and general maintenance) and the practice of Karma Yoga.

Located in the rural community of Kootenay Bay, this full-time program provides hand-on experience of working in a team to steward the Ashram premises and utilities. This is a year round program. This area has a forward-looking, developing plan for new buildings and renovations. The program is organized and carried forward as a series of projects that involve bringing in local tradespeople, including carpenters, plumbers, electricians and renewables/heating engineers.

The Ashram property includes renovated and new buildings for teaching, accommodating guests, worship and office use. It has its own shop, sewage and water supply systems and a number of unsurfaced roads, small machinery plus a small fleet of vehicles.

We use sustainable/green practices.

Some experience with tool use and a willingness to get your hands dirty is helpful. Important qualities are an open mind, a positive disposition and interest in living and learning within a spiritual community.


This is a 5 – 8 month position. The intake dates for this position are ongoing throughout the year.

Upcoming dates: March 7, April 4, May 2, May 30. Please see OM program intake dates for all intakes for 2017.

Applications for the summer season (April 4, May 2, May 30 intake dates) are due on February 28, 2017.


  • Ability to oversee both big picture and day-to-day tasks
  • Willingness to learn
  • A curiosity and openness to explore living in a spiritual community
  • Communication skills for reporting, cooperation and instruction
  • Ability to prioritize and adjust plans easily
  • Organizational skills (records, tools, people)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to lead a team, encouraging safety and team work
  • Ability to work in a changing environment
  • Consideration and support of colleagues and contractors
  • Reflective awareness
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Use of hand and power tools
  • Use of maintenance and operating manuals
  • Use of plumbing, electrical, carpentry, plastering tools
  • Painting or repairing furniture


Repair and Maintenance
This involves responding flexibly to general repair and maintenance needs around the Ashram, including minor plumbing, electrical, carpentry, roof, gutter, tiling and painting tasks.

  • Keeping on top of a rolling building repairs list.
  • Seasonal grounds maintenance work on paths, roads, irrigation and sewage.
  • Some vehicle and machine maintenance is possible, depending upon your range of skills/interests.

Carpentry and Maintenance Shop
This involves ensuring the Shop is managed efficiently and effectively.

  • Monitoring stocks and replenishing
  • Developing record keeping templates to record progress, products used, and maintenance data

Building Projects
This involves working with help from Ashram residents and local contractors, to design and implement large or small project plans for buildings and renovations, and practical application of building trade skills.

  • Identify the help and supplies needed
  • Report weekly progress
  • Follow up with the project to see that work is satisfactorily completed
  • Help manage schedules to ensure project timelines and budgets are met
  • Work with contractors on building renovation and new buildings


To apply, please fill out and submit the application form:
Download Learning Residency Application

Application deadline: Applications for summer season positions (April 4, May 2, May 30 intake dates) are due on February 28, 2017.

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GoodWork ID: 38284       Date posted to Feb 16 2017