All posts by Paris Marshall Smith

October 22: Creston, BC – New Farm Start-up Workshop

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on October 18, 2016

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Looking to start a new farm operation in the Kootenays? Check out this New Farm Start-up workshop happening October 22nd. Its a free full day complete with lunch. October 22, 2016, 8:00AM-3:30PM Creston, BC Registration required: paris@fieldsforward.ca

RESIDENCY: Come learn and grow at Yasodhara Ashram this season!

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on February 22, 2016

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Hello – we at Yasodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake want you to know that our 2016 Learning Residencies are posted and we are looking for applicants! These 4 – 8 month opportunities are a deep dive into developing personal and professional skills while expanding your own self-understanding. The program is based on experiential and self led learning within a guided mentorship. We are looking to fill 6 – 8 residencies in our Garden, Kitchen, Hospitality, Preserving Kitchen, Grounds areas. Learning Residents receive meals and accommodations for the length of their stay, a value of $1200 per month. A modest stipend is … Continue reading RESIDENCY: Come learn and grow at Yasodhara Ashram this season!

New Internship Opportunities at Yasodhara Ashram – preserving, processing and procurement.

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on May 31, 2015 1 Comment

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Join our Community — Learn and Grow! We are excited to add 3 new positions to our Internship Program for this summer. Join our community for 4 to 6 months and practice selfless service as you gain professional skills and experience for your future. Food related internships are in Preserving Kitchen  learning the skills to process and preserve the season’s bounty and a new position we are calling a Food System internship that involves working with all aspects of growing, preserving and procuring food both within our community and with local farmers of the Kootenays. For more information and to apply go to: www.yasodhara.org/karma-yoga/internships-employment/ We would like … Continue reading New Internship Opportunities at Yasodhara Ashram – preserving, processing and procurement.

Yasodhara Ashram Internship Opportunities

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on February 09, 2015

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We are excited to launch our expanded Internship Program with new positions for this spring and summer! Join our community for 6 to 8 months and practice selfless service as you gain professional skills and experience for your future. Internships are available on our Accommodations, Garden, Kitchen, Grounds, Marketing & Communications and Infrastructure Teams, with specializations in organic gardening, food preparation, housekeeping, photography and web design, lands and grounds management, building project coordination and management of our repair and maintenance shop. Internships at Yasodhara Ashram are a unique opportunity to deepen your skill-sets at the same time as you offer … Continue reading Yasodhara Ashram Internship Opportunities

Food Flow Internships at Yasodhara Ashram

Yasodhara Ashram is located in the rural community of Kootenay Bay.  This summer we are offering 4 Food Flow (Preserving Kitchen, Garden/Orchard, Kitchen) internships,  providing hands-on experience from field to table.

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Interested in learning more about resilient living? We also have openings in Accommodations, Grounds, Infrastructure Repair & Maintenance

Please note the deadline for Garden/Orchard Applications in March 15th.

INTERNSHIPS

Internships are for people who have a skill base and/or experience that lends itself to a particular area of the Ashram. In an internship you will spend approximately 75% of your time in your designated area. You may also be assigned to the general work schedule of the Ashram (Grounds, Maintenance, Accommodations/Hospitality, Garden/Orchard, Kitchen/Summer Kitchen or general administration) as needed.

The program is based on experiential and self-led learning within a guided mentorship. This is a unique opportunity to deepen your skill-set at the same time as you offer service and expand your own self-understanding. Interns participate in Karma Yoga six days a week and receive the support of an Ashram liaison person, in addition to your area mentor. Weekly classes, daily reflection, morning yoga classes, and evening satsangs enrich this program. We are a carbon neutral organization and use sustainable/green practices.

An internship will provide the opportunity to explore and practice:

  • Practical skills and knowledge related to that area
  • Organizational tools and people skills such as
    • Time management
    • Planning and facilitation
    • Coordination and communication
    • Sustaining harmonious work/service environment

Cost
While these are not paid staff positions, they are spiritual and career/life development opportunities. Modest stipends are available to those who have a financial need (please note that modest stipends are available to Canadian citizens only). Internships offer free room and board, which includes shared accommodation and meals.

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Length of Stay
Internship lengths vary between 4 – 12 months. All internships have a one-month trial period.

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HELPFUL SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • A curiosity and openness to explore living in a spiritual community
  • Ability to multi-task, oversee big picture and day to day tasks
  • Communication skills for reporting, cooperation and instruction
  • Ability to prioritize and adjust plans easily
  • Organizational skills (records, tools, people, plants)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a changing environment
  • Keen observation
  • A desire to bring care into all actions
  • Knowledge of plants, soil, compost and insect pest management an asset
  • Interest and knowledge about food and sustainability

Interested in Applying ?  Find out more: Internships

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