Forward to a friend Tweet this Share this on Facebook Share:

Home | Job Postings | Volunteer


Position: Lands & Groundskeeping Learning Residency
Type: 3 months, volunteer position, accommodations & food provided
Organization: Yasodhara AshramLearning Residencies
Location: Kootenay Bay, near Nelson BC 

The Yasodhara Ashram Lands & Groundskeeping Learning Residency is intended for individuals who want to broaden and deepen their understanding of lands and grounds management (shrubs, flowers, trees, mulching, composting, pruning, mowing, irrigation, erosion and invasive weed control, trails, pathways and beach maintenance) and the practice of Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is the practice of selfless service, and is an essential part of life at Yasodhara Ashram.

The Ashram property is set on 115 acres of land in the Purcell mountain range of southwestern British Columbia, Canada, on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. Much of this land is protected as natural, mountainside forest. The Ashram grounds are set across the lower 40 acres near to the beaches and most of the Ashram buildings. The grounds include lawns, fruit trees, sacred spaces, a fast running creek and over 20 flowerbeds. There are also more than 2.5 acres of organic gardens and orchards.

The Lands & Groundskeeping team is responsible for the stewardship of the Ashram land. This includes:

  • Starting up the irrigation system to prepare for summer
  • Pruning, mowing, weeding and transplanting
  • Seed harvesting, plant dividing and winterizing in the fall.
  • Working with the Yasodhara Land Ethics
  • Keeping trees, fences, benches, paths, boardwalks, drainage, lawn mowers and the irrigation system in good order.
  • Enhancing the natural beauty of our land and creating meaningful spaces.

Yasodhara Ashram uses sustainable/green practices, has land use plans and a Land Ethic. Our commitment is to honour the sacred unity of life and to live in relationship with the natural world through this land, in a spirit of reverence and joy.

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

Students in environmental sciences, conservation, forestry and related fields are encouraged to apply.


This is a 3 month position. 

Intake Dates and Application Process

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

The three month residency dates are:

  • Apr 2 –Jun 24
  • Apr 30 - Jul 22
  • May 28 – Aug 19
  • Jun 25 –Sep 16
  • Jul 23 – Oct 14
  • Aug 20 –Nov 11


  • 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



  • Experience with practical tool use and small machines
  • Experience with plants, trees, weeds and invasive plants
  • Ability to use maintenance and consult operating manuals
  • Ease with computers, wikis, and making clear instructions for various activities

Physical requirements

  • Ability to work hard physically outdoors in all seasons (heat, sun, rain, cold)
  • 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
  • Ability to prioritize and oversee daily, weekly and seasonal activities
  • 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) and to encourage safety and team-work
  • Consideration and support of colleagues and contractors
  • 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

When applying, please indicate that you saw this posting at

Share this on Facebook   Tweet This!  Email this to a friend   Share this on LinkedIn   Add this to Google Bookmarks   Print this page
Topical Links & Resources:

Eco-friendly gardening & landscaping jobs

Sustainable landscaping/gardening tips & resources

Note: This posting is provided on an "As Is" basis and for general informational purposes only. People and Planet (also known as "GoodWork") is not responsible for the content, accuracy, timeliness, completeness, legality, reliability, quality or suitability of this posting. We do not screen or endorse the organizations or individuals involved. If you decide to accept an offer of employment, volunteering or any other arrangement, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against injury, abuse, non-payment or any other loss. Please read our full Terms & Conditions.

Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 26 2019    ID: 52576