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Position: Food Flow Learning Residency
Type: 3 months, volunteer, includes meals & accommodations
Organization: Yasodhara AshramLearning Residencies
Location: Kootenay Bay, BC (near Nelson)

The Yasodhara Ashram Food Flow Learning Residency is intended for individuals who want to broaden and deepen their understanding of organic sustainable agriculture, seasonal food preservation and the practice of Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga, or selfless service, is an essential part of life at Yasodhara Ashram.

Located in the rural community of Kootenay Bay, this full-time, three month Learning Residency provides hands-on experience from field to table to larder. Emphasis is placed on organic full cycle food production, from soil amendment and bed preparation to crop rotation, succession and companion planting. We also practice composting, seed saving, beekeeping, and more. The Ashram also employs the use of a 1,000 square foot mobile hoop house to support a four season growing period. We work with produce from the garden, orchard and local farmers to preserve food by freezing, canning, fermenting and dehydrating. Working with the wealth of ashram recipes and experience, Learning Residents will gain high level processing skills as well as learning method, purpose and record keeping. Emphasis is placed on whole food use, quality and safety. 

Important qualities are an open mind, a positive disposition and interest in living and learning within a spiritual community.

Students in education, agriculture, environmental sciences, nutrition, health, cooking and related fields are encouraged to apply.


Our learning residencies are a blend of spiritual and career/life development opportunities. Learning Residents receive meals and accommodations for the length of their stay, a value of $1200 per month.


This is a three month position with monthly intakes.


  • 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

Many of these skills and abilities can be acquired through the program, however previous experience is an asset:


  • Knowledge of plants, soil, compost and pest management
  • Interest and knowledge about food and sustainability
  • Knowledge and proficiency to support overall fertility and plant management (e.g. crop rotation, amendment application, companion planting)
  • Knowledge and proficiency in greenhouse management (seeding, planting and transplanting)
  • Ability to work with a team to prioritize and oversee daily, weekly and seasonal activities (weeding, planting, harvesting, record keeping)
  • Interest in food preservation (canning, ferments, dehydration etc)
  • Knowlege of safe food practices
  • Ability to prioritize and oversee daily, weekly and seasonal activities
  • Follow recipes and research new ones

Physical requirements

  • Ability to work hard physically outdoors in all seasons (heat, sun, rain, cold)
  • Experience with tools and machinery can be helpful
  • Drivers license is helpful

Interpersonal Leadership and Communication

  • Ability to make work meaningful by encouraging an atmosphere for reflection and spiritual practice, embodying the spirit of Karma Yoga
  • High level of personal motivation and self-management
  • Ability to lead karma yogis with daily projects or tasks (planning, preparing, overseeing, checking in and follow through until completion)
  • Ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with Food Flow areas (preserving kitchen, orchard, kitchen) during a busy season
  • An attitude of service, a positive disposition and an interest in living and learning within a spiritual community.


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

Application deadline: Applications are accepted any time, please call if you have any questions: Shakti 250-227-9224

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 23 2019    ID: 52372