The Ashram is located in the quaint Mayan village of Tzununa in the incredible crater of Lake Atitlan in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. We offer Yoga Classes, a One-month Intensive Yoga Course, Silent Meditation Retreats, Tantra Intensives, Bhakti/Devotional Gatherings, Workshops and Yoga Teacher Trainings, still building more facilities and developing gardens as we just started at this location in January 2015.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We practice and teach traditional Yoga and Yogic Lifestyle as we've spent a lot of time in India and South-East Asia, coming to the ashram can be an enlightening experience into the many different aspects of Eastern Philosophy and Spiritual Practice (both conceptually during conversations and practically in the day to day ashram life: up-keeping a space dedicated to spiritual and self-development, cooking vegan food beneficial for yogic practice etc). The ashram has big gardens with loads of fruit trees and herbs so one can gain experience with local plants. Lastly, we are nested in a quaint Mayan village so there is an opportunity to explore the traditional local culture too.
IMPORTANT: ALWAYS CHECK OUR CALENDAR BEFORE SENDING A MESSAGE, WE RECEIVE TEN TIMES MORE INQUIRIES WE CAN ACCOMMODATE & ARE USUALLY FULL FOR MONTHS AHEAD (and no, we can't "make space") :)
We are not just another 'volunteering opportunity' and we are not really looking to be another stepping stone on your 'backpacking journey south' :) Instead we offer a truly transformative (which can sometimes be "intense") experience for genuine seekers through the practice of our place (selfless-service).
You don't have to be a seasoned yogi to apply, but it would be nice to have a serious inclination towards life as a spiritual journey. Coming here is not for 'customers' or mere 'volunteers', it is for practitioners and students ready to go deeper in a conducive environment.
Your contribution and the experience at an Ashram cannot be weighed against each other adequately, so we'd like to transcend the approach of always comparing how much "we get in return". This is a journey of self-discovery for all of us, no more, no less, purifying our souls by offering selfless service
We are looking for people with an Open Heart, Experience and Dedication to help mainly with:
~ Permaculture Gardening
~ Support in the Ashram Kitchen. We have permanent kitchen stuff for paying guests as well as hiring a private chef when needed. Volunteers have the opportunity to help with food preparation and odd kitchen tasks for ashram residents which is usually a greatly appreciated learning experience.
As part of the Ashram life we get together for two hours of sadhana/spiritual practice per day (meditation and chanting).
We believe in life being a journey towards union on all levels and each experience offers lessons that can help us if we allow it. We are no cult and impose no spiritual dogmas, but we do expect everyone to abide by simple rules for the sake of harmony and to facilitate supportive conditions for spiritual practice.
Please note that we apply a One-week Trial to assure a most beneficial flow between new arrivals, residents and the space as such.
MINIMUM STAY: TWO MONTHS
English, Spanish, German, Bulgarian
Shared bamboo rooms or camping. At 1500m altitude we have 25 degrees during the day year-round. From May-Nov there will be rain in the afternoons while the mornings a still gorgeous and warm. This is a place for idealists that like to help create a spiritual haven for genuine seekers.
As we are a spiritual center, THIS POSITION IS ONLY OPEN TO PEOPLE THAT DON'T DRINK, SMOKE, DON'T TAKE DRUGS AND AGREE NOT TO EAT MEAT ON THE PREMISES.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours maximum