Volunteer

Work/Study Opportunities

Volunteer at the Sat Yoga Ashram

Vegan Chef | Greenhouse & Organic Food Growing |
Food Processing & Preservation | Media Team

Overview

Are you ready to dive deeply into your consciousness and attain Self-Realization while living and serving as part of a flourishing spiritual community?

 

Our volunteers are an integral part of the Sat Yoga family, enjoying deep and nourishing connections, participation in classes and community life, as well as retreats and events, while supporting our daily work and helping us to sustain a thriving model for human community and spiritual transformation.

What is needed?

  • The specific skills and experience required for the volunteer position you are applying for (see below);

  • A clear desire to practice karma yoga (selfless service) as a tool for growth and transformation;

  • A resonance with Shunyamurti and his teachings as well as the vision and mission of Sat Yoga;

  • The commitment to engage in meditation, self-reflection, inner work, one-to-one transformational sessions, and adherence to the Ashram Guidelines and the Yogic Vows.

How does it work?

When you volunteer at Sat Yoga Ashram, you are not only living and serving as part of a spiritual community, but you are also entering into a transformational wisdom school. The volunteer program begins with a 10-day immersion into the teachings of Sat Yoga, and throughout your time here you will join daily classes to stimulate and develop your level of intelligence, critical reasoning, creativity, understanding of resistances to psycho-spiritual growth, and strengthening of will to attain Self-realization. Another important aspect of our approach is our offering of one-to-one transformational sessions.

Work/Study Ratio & Fees

We offer, in exchange for karma yoga (approx. 36 hours per week of community service) and a small monthly fee, a program that includes meals and housing as well as participation in all retreats, daily classes, meditation sittings, films, music, hatha yoga and other physical exercise classes, theater games, and other cultural and community activities. The schedule is typically Monday – Saturday. Sundays are generally a day off, with a small amount of service such as helping with meal preparation or clean up.

 

The cost for a full-time volunteer is $650 for the first month of the program, which includes the 10-day immersion, and $400 per month after that. This fee does not include one-to-one transformational sessions, laundry facility charges, and personal expenses such as medicines, visas, etc.

Why Fees?

Sat Yoga Ashram is not for profit. We exist to serve souls who sincerely want to attain spiritual Self-realization and live in divine love.

 

We know that your resources are limited, and we strive to keep this monthly fee as low as we possibly can. Still, to cover the costs of accommodations, utilities, and meals, we must ask for this small monthly fee in order to continue offering this opportunity. If our community ever becomes financially able to offer lower fees or more scholarships, we will do so.

Individual Transformational Sessions

All long-term students at the ashram participate in one-to-one sessions with a Sat Yogi who is trained to help you get to a deeper level of self-understanding and empowerment to liberation. These meetings are designed to help you integrate and metabolize everything that you will learn here, give you the tools to eliminate the resistances you encounter, enable you to release unwanted habits, give you the keys to attain mastery over the mind, inner peace, clarity of purpose, and the capacity to function in a state of grace. As a volunteer, you will be required to have at least two individual transformational sessions each month. There are variable levels of contribution that will be asked in exchange for these sessions, which are not included in the program fees.

Duration & Start Date

The program goes for a 3 - 6-month period and begins either with a 10-day Immersion or Ashram Experience Program (2020 start dates: January 31, March 6,

June 5, July 3, November 20)

Daily Sample Schedule

A typical workday is about 6 hours long. Start and finish times are specific to each department.

 

· 4:00 – 4:45am – Morning Meditation

· 5:00 – 6:30am – Free Time or Yoga

· 6:30 – 8:00 am – Work

· 8:00 – 8:30am – Breakfast

· 8:35 – 9:20am – Breakfast Clean Up

· 9:30 – 1:00pm – Work

· 1:00 – 1:45pm – Lunch

· 1:45 – 2:30pm – Lunch Clean Up

· 2:30 – 5:30pm – Free Time

· 5:30 – 7:00pm – Evening Class/meditation

· 7:00 – 7:30pm – Evening Meal

· 9:00pm – Lights Out

 

Vegan Chef

Greenhouse & Organic Food Growing

Food Processing & Preservation

Media Team & Video Editing

Vegan Chef 

Overview

We have an exciting volunteer opportunity for a talented vegan chef to join our vibrant ashram kitchen - Ruchira. Our cuisine celebrates simple, healthful, plant-based meals, made mostly from fresh ingredients, harvested straight from our land or grown at local farms. Each day, our bilingual kitchen team is responsible for feeding 25 - 35 ashram residents, visitors, and consultants.

As a Ruchira team member, you will engage with all aspects of kitchen operations, from transforming fresh produce into kitchen-ready ingredients to cooking delicious meals; from participating in group clean ups to assisting with various administrative tasks.​ ​The right candidate will be competent in leading a small team in creating a meal from start to finish. In addition, he or she will bring fresh ideas to the table by contributing to our repertoire of vegan, gluten-free recipes, and aiding in the development of seasonal menus that feature tropical ingredients used in creative and mouth-watering ways.

Ideally, applicants applying for this role, will have been to culinary school and have extensive experience with vegan and gluten-free cuisine, and, hopefully, knowledge of ingredients native to Costa Rica.

REQUISITES

  • A passion for plant-based cuisine.

  • Professional experience handling food and working in a kitchen.

  • A mature and responsible attitude, able to work calmly under pressure while remaining respectful and compassionate with others.

  • Flexibility and open-mindedness with a robust work ethic, with an energetic pace.

  • Physically capable to be on your feet for several hours, with some mild lifting.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (or at least a basic level in Spanish).

  • Devotion to egoless service, embodying the spirit of altruistic love and familiarity and resonance with Sat Yoga teachings.

 

Greenhouse & Organic Food Growing Assistant

Overview

Taking applications now for March 6 start date.

We have an opportunity for an enthusiastic, botanically inclined and physically strong individual to join our agricultural team. Food growing assistants must have at least one green thumb and be fit and comfortable in our - often humid - cloud forest environment. Your role would be to support the greenhouse team with the daily tasks of bed and plant care: mostly watering, weeding, and mulching. Other tasks include seeding, transplanting, planting, and harvesting, which are sweat-inducing and muscle-building activities

REQUISITES

  • Appreciation and love for organic farming

  • Physical fitness, with no health limitations

  • Some previous outdoor manual labor experience

  • Conscientious attitude, with care for the safety of others

  • Devotion to egoless service, embodying the spirit of altruistic love and familiarity and resonance with Sat Yoga teachings

 

DESIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Previous gardening experience

  • Familiarity with organic pest control

  • Knowledge of soil building and ecosystem growth

  • Seed saving experience

 

Food Preparation, Processing & Preservation Assistant

Overview

We have an opening for an enthusiastic and hard-working, community-minded volunteer to join our food processing team which supports the ashram kitchen by transforming our harvest - sourced from our land and local farms - into ingredients we can easily use in the kitchen. Your role would include washing, processing, and dehydrating large quantities of organic produce for culinary or medicinal use and working daily alongside our kitchen team.

REQUISITES

  • Love for plant-based, locally grown healthy cuisine

  • Basic experience handling food and working in a kitchen or cooking

  • Ability to prepare foods according to recipes and to follow instructions

  • Comfortable to be on your feet for several hours a day with mild lifting

  • Content to work independently for several hours at a time, and as a team

  • Able to work at a safe, steady, and energetic pace

  • Devotion to egoless service, embodying the spirit of altruistic love and familiarity and resonance with Sat Yoga teachings​

 

DESIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Some experience with methods, materials, and practices of food preparation, including safe use of a knife

  • Some knowledge of food preservation

  • Interest in food safety and sustainability

  • Experience with fermentation

  • Knowledge of medicinal plants

  • Prior experience of working in a professional kitchen

  • Previous experience of working on a sustainable farm

 

Media Team & Video Editing Assistant

Overview

The wisdom teachings that we share across many platforms (we are reaching a global audience exceeding 10,000) requires the work of a vibrant, imaginative, and organized person. If you can help us achieve a more robust online presence and produce innovative and inspiring content, please apply.  The main task in this position is to process the many hundreds of Shunyamurti’s teachings, making simple edits (or more creative framing) to the video (i.e., syncing audio with visual) in preparation for publication. Additionally, you would be supporting the media team with simple website updates, possible graphic design, and content creation as well as archiving and backing up media files. 

REQUISITES

  • Ability to follow protocols and work carefully with expensive equipment and priceless teachings

  • Work productively,  contentedly, and independently for many hours at a time, as well as in a team

  • Shares the feeling of importance for this work

  • Embody an attitude of service, friendliness, cooperation and a willingness to change gears at a moment’s notice if a decision changes

  • Predisposed to self-organization and open to receive feedback working as part of a team

DESIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Experience with the Adobe suite on PC (Premiere Pro, Audition, etc.)

  • Experience with simple photo editing

  • Basic understanding of backing up video

 
Note: Please apply only if you feel fully competent and comfortable sitting at a computer and working independently for most of the day. Let us know that you are willing to adapt to our schedule and that you want to participate in classes, retreats, and meals with the community.

 

Ready to apply?

If you are called to change your life by entering a dynamic yet disciplined lifestyle with a meaning and purpose that goes far beyond the current consumerist model, a way of life that emphasizes the value of ongoing learning, creative expression, consistent meditation practice, uplifting relationships, and cheerful service to all, then we invite you to apply. We will assess your written application and, if you seem to be a good fit, we will contact you to schedule a video interview. The Admissions Committee will then confer and let you know the final decision as soon as possible.

 

Don’t forget to read our Ashram Guidelines and the Yogic Vows before applying!