Volunteer

Work/Study Opportunities

Volunteer at the Sat Yoga Ashram

Ashram Kitchen Food Preparation Assistant| 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 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 strong connection and resonance with the teachings and philosophy of Shunyamurti and a regular engagement with his teachings, online retreats, member’s section, etc. 
  • 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. In general, we encourage all interested participants to join our Immersion Program, ideally for 4 weeks, before starting as a full time volunteer.

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, 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 6-month period.

Daily Sample Schedule

A typical workday is about 5 – 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
  • 6:15 – 8:00 am – Seva
  • 8:00 – 8:35am – Breakfast
  • 8:45 – 11:45am – Seva
  • 11:45 – 12:10 – Personal Time for Showering
  • 12:10 – Midday Meditation
  • 1:00 – 1:45pm – Lunch
  • 1:45 – 2:30pm – Seva (Lunch Clean Up)
  • 2:30 – 5:30pm – Free Time
  • 5:30 – 7:00pm – Evening Class/meditation
  • 7:00 – 7:30pm – Evening Meal (help with dinner clean up 1x per week)
  • 9:00pm – Lights Out

Ashram Kitchen Food Preparation Assistant

Overview

We have an opening in our ashram kitchen for an enthusiastic food preparation assistant.  Each day, our bilingual kitchen team is responsible for feeding 25 – 35 residents and guests, plant-based and healthful meals. The prep assistants support the kitchen by transforming our daily harvest and mindfully sourced fruits and vegetables into ready to be used produce for the day’s meals.

General tasks for the day consist of meditatively slicing fruit for breakfast, preparing green salad and chopping vegetables for lunch, setting up the buffet bar and serving stations, washing dishes, and assisting the chef in any way needed- as per your skill level.  In addition, as part of the community teamwork you will be assigned to a few meal clean ups per week and assist with dinner shifts in the evening.

REQUISITES

  • Basic experience handling food and working in a kitchen or cooking, inc basic knife skills
  • Competent to prepare foods according to recipes and to follow instructions
  • Vigilant attitude towards sanitation and cleanliness.
  • Adhere to safety practices; and operating equipment found in a commercial kitchen.
  • Comfortable to be on your feet for several hours a day with mild lifting
  • Competent to work at a safe, steady, and energetic pace
  • At ease and appreciative of a silent work environment
  • Abides by the ashram protocols and etiquette
  • Devotion to egoless service, embodying the spirit of altruistic love and familiarity and resonance with Sat Yoga teachings

REQUISITES

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (or at least a basic level in Spanish)
  • Experience of working in a professional kitchen
  • Experience of working on a sustainable farm
  • Experience with vegan and gluten-free cuisine, food preservation and fermentation
  • Knowledge of ingredients native to Costa Rica or tropical environments

Greenhouse & Organic Food Growing Assistant

Overview

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

  • Experience with creating websites on WordPress

  • Basic understanding website code (HTML, CSS etc.) 

  • Experience Producing short video projects

  • Experience as a Videographer

  • Experience with live streaming video content

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 Yogic Vows before applying!

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Brahmachari:

One whose consciousness has merged with Brahman, the Absolute, and thus has been liberated from all desire, fear, attachment, and material frames of reference. Thus, a Brahmachari naturally lives a life of celibacy, simplicity, and inner solitude.

Satsang:

Meditative meetings in which the highest teachings are shared. Shunyamurti also offers guidance during questions and answers to resolve the most difficult and delicate matters of the heart.

Teleological:

Information, energy, or nonlinear change that occurs as the effect of events that take place in the future and alter the past, which is perceived in the present as non-ordinary phenomena, synchronicities, unpredictable emergent properties or other notable explicate arisings. The source of such forces may also lie beyond chronological time, in higher dimensions of the Real.

The process of non-process:

Since awakening is instantaneous, along with the recognition that one was never really in the dream, but enjoying the creation of the dream, it must be understood that making awakening into a process can only be part of the dream, and has nothing to do with Awakening itself.

The Real:

When we speak of the Real, unless otherwise qualified, we mean the Supreme Real. The Supreme Real does not appear. Appearance is not Real. All that appears is empty of true existence. There are no real things. All that is phenomenal is temporary, dependent, and reducible to a wave function of consciousness. The world does not exist independent of consciousness. There is no matter or material world. All is made of consciousness. Pure consciousness is Presence. It is no-thing, non-objective, not in space or time. All that appears in Presence, or to Presence, is an emanation of Presence, but is not different from That. This is one meaning of nonduality.

The Real is also a term used in Lacanian psychoanalysis. What Lacan means by the Real is that aspect of phenomenal appearance which is overwhelming, traumatic, or impossible. We would call that Real One. It is a relative Real, not Absolute. We add that there is a Real Two, which consists of divine love. Love is not an appearance, but it changes appearance, through recognition of its Source, into a divine manifestation, a projection of God’s sublimely beautiful Mind as infinite fractal holographic cosmos. Real Three is the unchanging Absolute, beyond all conception or image.

Dharma and dharma:

When we use the term Dharma (capitalized), we refer to our dedication to living in accord with the timeless principles of impeccable integrity that keep us in harmony with Nature and our Supernatural Source.

When we use the term without capitalization, we refer to our acceptance of the community’s processes, protocols, and chain of command with the “Haji! Spirit” of going the “extra mile” and working overtime when necessary to make the impossible inevitable, as our unconditional act of surrender to Love.