Volunteer

Work/Study Opportunities

Volunteer at the Sat Yoga Ashram

We endeavour to sustain the ashram as a thriving model for human community and spiritual transformation. This necessitates that all members of the community be in a state of ceaseless growth of integrity, intelligence, and compassion. It is not easy to find people who fit into such a community. Currently, we are glad to be able to announce a new and long-awaited volunteer program. We invite you to consider an extended experience of life in the energy field of a flourishing spiritual community.

Volunteers are an integral part of the Sat Yoga Ashram, enabling deep and nourishing connections. Volunteers support our daily work needs and receive an accelerated initiation into ego transcendence. Our volunteer program is an intense three to six-month immersion into yogic life, for those who are ready for a rigorous and direct spiritual lifepath.

"If one fully volunteers oneself to become a vehicle of divine action, then one will be given the powers necessary to help restore the lost harmony to our world." Shunyamurti

Vegan Chef 

Overview

Sat Yoga's vegan and gluten friendly kitchen - Ruchira - is looking for a committed, creative and spiritually aligned volunteer who has training in vegan, raw and gluten free cuisine. This position is for individuals who want to broaden and deepen their spiritual path through the path of selfless service in an ashram kitchen.

Each day, our kitchen team is responsible for feeding 25 - 35 people two nutritious, mostly organic plant-based meals a day. Working alongside our yogi chefs, your role will be to help create mouthwatering, healthful and simple meals made from fresh, mostly organic produce grown onsite or at local farms. A few days a week, you may be helping with special projects and tasks directed by Tara, our kitchen manager, such as inventory, menu planning and researching recipes and other needs that support of our thriving ashram kitchen. Some of your seva time will be spent in our food processing department, where you will be transforming fresh produce into kitchen-ready ingredients, preserves, flours and other sustainable products.

REQUISITES

  • Professional  experience handling food and working in a kitchen or cooking, especially with vegan and gluten free cuisine

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

  • Content to work independently and as a team member

  • 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

Greenhouse & Organic Food Growing Assistant

Overview

We are currently seeking 6 month volunteers for January - July 2020

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 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.

How does it work?

In exchange for around 40 hours per week of work, volunteers can stay at our ashram and participate in all of our classes, activities, and retreats. The schedule is typically Monday - Saturday. Sundays are typically free days except for a meal clean-up or prep shift.

Duration & Start Date

The program goes for a 3-6 month period and can begin any time in the year, depending on each department’s needs and the volunteer’s availability.

Sample Volunteer Schedule

Our work day is 8 hours long. Start and finish times depend on the role.

  • 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

  • 7:00 – 7:30pm –  Evening Meal

  • 9:00pm –  Lights Out

Fees

Because of our costs in offering shared accommodations, utilities, meals, all classes and retreats and other benefits that are included, we must ask for a fee that we keep as low as we can, to make it possible for you to participate in this program.
 
The fee per month for a full time volunteer is $350, except for the first month of the program, which has a fee of $450. This fee does not include laundry facility charges and personal expenses such as medicines, visas, etc. This fee also does not include one-to-one individual sessions which are an integral aspect of our transformational approach. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about our program or prices. 

If you have contemplated your commitment and are interested in joining the program, please  fill out the application. We will process your application and contact you if there is a suitable position available.

Please read our Ashram Guidelines before applying.

Ready to apply?

If you are interested in volunteering with us fill out our Volunteer Application. We look forward to hearing from you soon!