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Position: Garden Learning Residency
Type: 3 months, volunteer, meals & accomodations
Organization: Yasodhara AshramLearning Residencies
Location: Kootenay Bay, BC (near Nelson)

The Yasodhara Ashram Garden Learning Residency is intended for individuals who want to broaden and deepen their understanding of organic sustainable agriculture and 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 full-time, three month Learning Residency provides hands-on experience from field to table. 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. There may be opportunities to work with garden design and construction should seasonal projects call for these skills. The Ashram also employs the use of a 1,000 square foot mobile hoop house to support a three to four season growing period.

Some gardening experience and familiarity with organic production methods is preferred but not essential. 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, 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.

The season is divided into three periods:

  1. Apr 3 –Jun 25 – initiation - seeding, transplanting, preparing beds, harvesting spring crops
  2. May 29 – Aug 20 – maintenance - harvesting, weeding, redefining edges, seeding fall crops
  3. Jul 24 – Oct 15 – fruition - harvesting long season crops and orchard fruit, amending soil, repairing structures, preparing the garden for winter

The intake dates for this position are: Period 1 - March 3, Period 2 - April 29, Period 3 - June 24


  • 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

Some of these 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)

Physical requirements

  • Ability to work hard physically outdoors in all seasons (heat, sun, rain, cold)
  • Experience with tools and machinery can be 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
  • Ability to maintain on-going open communication with Garden Manager
  • 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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GoodWork ID: 44157       Date posted to Feb 14 2018