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Position: Hospitality Learning Residency
Type: 4-8 months, volunteer position, accommodations & food provided, stipend available
Organization: Yasodhara Ashram
Location: Kootenay Bay (near Nelson BC)

Living with awareness in both the inner and outer worlds, Yasodhara Ashram is deeply committed to participating in sustainable environmental practices. From the Ashram’s perspective, environmental action is an important part of our social responsibility and ecological integrity, a practice of the basic yogic principle of ahimsa. Sustainability at Yasodhara

Hospitality Learning Residency

The Yasodhara Ashram Hospitality Learning Residency is intended for individuals who want to learn how to oversee housekeeping and management in a large community; how to manage ordering and supplies; how to be a team leader and to learn about the practice of Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is the practice of selfless service, and is an essential part of life at Yasodhara Ashram.

Located in the rural community of Kootenay Bay, this learning residency provides hands-on experience caring for guests at all levels of their stay at the Ashram. Emphasis is placed on being a team leader; acquiring an overview of all housekeeping needs; training karma yogis in cleaning, bed-making & laundry skills; managing supplies and ordering; and maintaining an awareness of general upkeep.

In applying for this position it is helpful to have some experience and familiarity with a variety of housekeeping skills. Sewing and mending skills are appreciated but not required. Important qualities you can bring to this position are an open mind, a positive disposition, a desire to make things beautiful and interest in living and learning within a spiritual community.


This is a variable 4-8 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.


  • A willingness to learn
  • A curiosity and openness to explore living in a spiritual community
  • A desire to bring care into all actions
  • Ability to oversee both big picture and day to day tasks
  • Communication skills for reporting and instruction
  • Ability to prioritize and adjust plans easily
  • Organizational skills (records, tools, people, supplies)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a changing environment
  • Keen observation and attention to detail


  • Knowledge of general housekeeping skills and interest to learn more
  • Ability to create a safe learning environment for others
  • Ability to make work meaningful by encouraging an atmosphere for reflection and spiritual practice, embodying the spirit of Karma Yoga
  • Ability to prioritize and oversee daily, weekly and seasonal activities (seasonal cleaning, record keeping)
  • High level of personal motivation and self-management
  • Ability and ease to lead karma yogis with daily projects or tasks (planning, preparing, overseeing, checking in and following through until completion)
  • Physical health and vitality is important
  • Ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with Work Coordinators (Karma Yoga managers) and with karma yogis who are assigned to this area day-by-day
  • Ability to maintain on-going open communication with the Hospitality Manager and with the registrations area of the office.


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: 38286       Date posted to Feb 16 2017