Hi there, Aloha!
My name is Sonia, and I run an Ashram, Academy & Healing Center, located in the tropical beach town of Varkala, Kerala, Southwest India.
Our Ashram is a center of healing, education and peace. Workawayers can expect to experience inner growth and meaningful connection while participating in this spiritual environment.
Qualities we look for in applicants: commitment, positivity, honesty, creativity, motivation and authenticity.
We love people who can align with the higher purpose of our Ashram and who can form heart connections with the work that they perform. The environment of our Ashram thrives when everyone is cooperating and working together in harmony.
The Ashram specializes in healing feminine energy and often works with people who find themselves in life changing moments. We are led by visionary, Master healer Sonia, who is certified as a Reiki Master, yoga teacher, massage therapist, massage instructor and aqua-floating therapist. She also works as an astrologer, numerologist, tarot reader, life coach, counselor, motivational speaker and writer. Sometimes she does oriental/belly dance and yoga original performances.
AREAS OF FOCUS
The project includes 4 different areas, Teaching, Healing, Accommodation and occasionally Kerala Guided Trips.
We offer a wide range of events, courses and therapies. Some examples include:
Retreats: Retreats for Women, Yoga Retreats, Medicine Wheel Retreats
Courses: Massage Therapy Courses
Workshops: Reiki levels 1, 2, 3 and Master Level, Life Changing Seminar, Sacred Feminine Workshop.
Readings: Numerology, Astrology (Mayan, Chinese, Karmic and Western) and Tarot.
Private Sessions: Counseling, Life Coaching and Women's Coaching.
Therapies: Reiki Distant Healing and in Presence Aqua-Floating and massage.
THINGS WE ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT: Codependency and love addiction recovery, Shamanism practices and/or Shamanic Course, Tantra, Vipassana Meditation, Raw food diet and meal prep, Aqua-Floating and Watsu therapies, Permaculture, Familiar Constellations.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
We are located in a Hindu area with several temples. There is Durga & Kali Temple 10 minutes walking from here and a 2000 years old temple 5 minutes by rickshaw.
We call Varkala the Varanasi of the South. I have lived here for 7 years, and I can assure you, this is a Vortex- an amazing energetic, spiritually powerful place.
YOGA AND AYURVEDA
There is yoga and Ayurveda everywhere. You can benefit from ayurvedic massages and treatments, as well as courses.
There are several beaches along the coast, the main beach, Papanasam Beach is 15 minutes walking from our place, and Black Beach and Oddayam Beach 20 minutes walking and Kappil Beach 1h walking through the cliffs.
On the main beach you can find sun umbrellas, Surf and Body Boards for renting and well as Stand Up Paddling boards.
You can also make a jump with paragliding with a professional from the cliff.
The backwaters are 15 minutes from here by rickshaw and it’s a magical place where you can go on canoe trip to the Golden Island and stop to watch the sunset in a non-touristic beach.
In the early morning time, you can visit the fishermen on the beach and the 2 local vegetable and fish markets, where you can find some organic local fruits and vegetables.
This beach is 20 minutes by rickshaw from here and it’s a gorgeous beach with the sea and backwaters. An alternative if you are ready to walk, it's about 1h of amazing walk through the cliffs where you see the infinite Arabian Sea, the palm trees and nature, the local people, it's just breathtaking, I highly recommend this beach.
There are the touristic shops on the cliff with all kinds of offers and you can also visit the local shops in Varkala town, 10 minutes by rickshaw from here. We're especially fond of a Tibetan crystal shop on the cliff!
There are the touristic restaurants on the cliff with all kinds of offers and many vegetarian options and you can also visit the local restaurants and chai shops in Varkala town and here around the cliff. There is wi-fi in almost every restaurant.
MEET PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
Varkala Beach is a place visited by people from all around the world, and most of them, in some way, are connected or curious about alternative areas, an alternative life style, yoga people, therapists, teachers, musicians, etc. The high season time is between October and April and the top is January to March.
WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU
Tell you about the culture in Kerala;
A guided walk through the Cliffs (if you stay long enough);
Take you to the Sacred Spring on the Cliff;
Take you for a puja (spiritual ceremony) at Durga Temple.
WE GIVE PRIORITY TO LONG TERM VOLUNTEERS MINIMUM 3 MONTHS
We have both ongoing and project-based positions available. Please read this section carefully and reference it in your application (see instructions below). Depending on your skillset, we will combine tasks in order to get everything taken care of.
Yoga Teacher: This task includes teaching a morning yoga class with your preferred style and house cleaning. You may also include meditation, sound healing, mantras, etc. This is an excellent place if you have just completed a yoga course and need a space to practice your new teaching skills.
Office help: *️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: 3 months or more.*️️
We need someone trustworthy, honest, intelligent, good English writing & speaking skills, attentive and loyal. Answer emails and messages on several online platforms, manage availability calendars for accommodation, volunteers, events, and private sessions, customer service, etc.
Webmaster: *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 2-3 months or more.*️️️️️️️️️️
Maintain our WIX website and SEO presence. You will need to be able to make minor updates and adjustments as requested. The most consistent changes will revolve around the hotel, events, and therapies booking sections. Applicant will need to have a computer, experience using SEO best practices, and experience using Wix. Please include links to your portfolio or examples of your work.
Filming and Editing Videos: Filming our courses, educational and promotional materials. Editing them for our YouTube and social media channels. Applicant will need to have a camera, computer and editing software. Please include links to your portfolio or examples of work.
Photography and Photo Editing: Documenting our progress. Creating promotional and social media content. Editing pictures for website and social media channels. Applicant will need to have a camera, computer and editing software. Please include links to your portfolio or examples of work.
Graphic Design: *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 2-3 months or more.*️️️️️️️️️️
Launch the Astrological Agenda for the next years, the designing is already created. Creating pamphlets, brochures, media, promotional and educational material, especially with Adobe InDesign or other Adobe programs. Applicant will need to have a computer and editing software. Please include links to your portfolio or examples of work.
Blog Creator (website and editing): *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 2-3 months or more.*️️️️️️️️️️
Blog articles. Online content- Wix or Wordpress. Educational material. Marketing material and more. Applicant must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. English is Sonia's second language and it is very helpful to have someone both polish her texts and provide structure/direction to her creative writings. Applicant needs to have a computer. Please include examples of your work and make sure to describe your writing style or what areas you feel called to work on.
Text Translation: Translating English to Portuguese, Spanish or French. Applicant needs to have a computer. Please describe experience.
Social Media: *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 2-3 months or more.*️️️️️️️️️️
Maintain and promote events and ashram on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels. Applicant needs to have a computer. Please include links or descriptions of previous work.
Marketing (Online and local): *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 2-3 months or more.*️️️️️️️️️️
Ability to structure and follow through with an online marketing plan, create marketing materials, learn the local market and brainstorm about local marketing strategies. Applicant needs to have a computer and necessary editing software. Please include links to your previous work and explain your experience.
Art Project: Add some color to our Ashram! Painting walls or even creating marketing/branding material. Lets get creative. Please include examples of previous work and describe your style of art or preferred medium.
House Work/Gardening: Cleaning, laundry, shopping and maintaining garden. This includes maintaining the guest rooms, dormitory, yoga hall and all the common areas. Please describe previous experience.
Child Care: Occasionally looking after my two daughters, ages 4 and 6. Must be trustworthy, patient, responsible and honest. Please describe previous childcare experience.
Teachers and Therapists: Psychotherapist specialized in codependency and love addiction, Chi Gong, Tai Chi, Dance, Reiki therapists (3rd Level preferentially, or 2nd level certification), massage, aqua-floating & watsu, astrology, yoga. Please explain previous experience, send your certificates and what you would be able to contribute to the Ashram.
SCHEDULE: Usually helpers will follow 5 days per week, 5h per day, from 10am to 4hpm (30 min. break for lunch) schedule. However, we are flexible and can establish alternative schedules according to the unique needs of helpers and the tasks they are involved with.
READ THIS IF YOU ARE THINKING OF APPLYING:
We really appreciate the following qualities in workers: honesty, humility, respectfulness, dedication, creativity, motivation. We want workers who can initiate and work from a calm, grounded space while staying flexible and being willing to help in whatever task that is asked. Drama, lies, selfish interests, laziness, procrastination and gossiping are not welcome in our space. :)
We usually use a 7 - 10 day trial period in order to gauge our mutual compatibility with helpers. If things are not flowing during this time then we will kindly ask workers to find a new living situation.
When applying for our Workaway, please include all DETAILS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED:
1. Your age
2. Your birth details (for astrology purposes):
Birthday: day, month, year
Time of birth
Location of birth: city, state/province, and country
3. Specifically which tasks/Workaway positions you want to do and what your relevant experience is for each task. If the task requires a computer, specific software, or photo/filming equipment, please indicate what you can bring as you must provide your own.
4. Arrival and departure dates
5. If applicable: specific sessions or events you are interested in
6. Contact info: email, phone number, Facebook name
Please write your message in English and put “Healing” as the subject for your email.
BOOKING PRIVATE SESSIONS AND PARTICIPATING IN EVENTS
Please keep in mind that your normal work hours are 25h per week in exchange for your food and accommodation in the Ashram. Private sessions or events are not included. You would have to do extra Workaway time prior to the session or event on top of the normal 5 hours, 5 days per week requirements to make up for your missed time and free food and accommodation.
If your plans change after agreeing to help at our Ashram, please let us know as soon as possible! We are relying on the commitments we form with our helpers to keep our ashram running smoothly.
Fluently Portuguese, Spanish, English and French and a bit of Italian, Catala and Mallayalam.
SHARED, MIXED DORMITORY
The dormitory is located on the top floor. It's open air, has a rooftop and half wall, is covered with saris around and properly protected from the weather and rain.
The mattresses are on the floor, each covered with its own mosquito net and small table. A few extension cords are available for electronic device charging.
Two meals a day.
Typical Kerala vegan and raw food. It is not allowed to cook or eat fish, sea food or meat in the ashram.
The breakfast is served around 9:30 am.
The lunch is ready around 2:30 pm.
You can use the toilets on the 1st floor at the back of the ashram or in the free room (if available) on the 2nd floor.
There is a big shared kitchen for you to prepare your own meals with all the essential things, a living room, and a big balcony for you to enjoy eating your meals.
Mineral water provided.
Wi-fi connection from 9am and 9pm. This neighborhood is a wi-fi free area, so during 12 hours at night the house will be totally wi-fi free for a good and peaceful rest.
Occasionally you can use our bicycle.
There is one hammock on the dormitory for you to relax with a stunning view of the surrounding nature and the sunset.
You can find all kind of books in the alternative, healing, spirituality, and New Age area that you are welcome to read.
Smoking, taking drugs, drinking alcohol, and eating meat or fish is not allowed on the ashram premises.
We are in South India, in a tropical area in the middle of the Nature, so, be ready to the presence of the local animals and insects: spiders, mosquitoes (only at sunrise and sunset), flies, geckos, crows, king fishers, eagles, wood-peckers, squirrels, monkeys, stray dogs, peacocks (rare here), and snakes (very, very rare).
When you travel to a place like this, you have to come with an open mind and open heart for the local people and traditions.
Available Transport is local bus, rickshaw, train and taxi.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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