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We are a small retreat center/ashram, inspired to become a sustainable community. We are completely off the grid, and with our beautiful views and quietness from surrounding mountains, it allows guests, retreat participants, and volunteers silence.
We are completely closed to the public due to the pandemic but are inviting *Canadian volunteers who have already been self-isolating* to help us with some building projects and prepare for the winter.
We are 108 km north of Terrace, BC, in the sacred Nass Valley, home to the First Nations people - the Nisga'a Nation. From the months of May - November, we offer retreats, yoga programs and yoga teacher trainings.
We have been opening our doors to Workawayers and Volunteers alike for many years now. Living off-grid the way that we do often requires long days and hard work but it also brings us closer as a community.
We are running from mostly solar power and some generator power, with a gravity-fed water system, and a large garden, which is a work in progress towards a community of sustainability.
Our daily program looks something like this but is always evolving based on projects we are working on and the needs of the community
6 am - 11 am ~ Free time/ Personal Practice
11 am ~ Simple Brunch
Noon - 5pm ~ Karma Yoga/ Seva / Volunteering
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm ~ Meditation
6:30pm - Simple Dinner
7:30pm - Clean up
8pm - Quiet time
Weekends are usually days off.
We require our volunteers to have a sense of humour!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
After a one month or so stay with us, people feel usually very enriched by their experience, and they are able to even take a practice of meditation and/or yoga home with them.
We have been inviting volunteers to come contribute to our ashram and stay at our place since 2009. We would like volunteers to stay a minimum of one month. Volunteers can stay for the entire 6 months season-- however, we strongly advise people to come and "test the waters" before deciding on making a long-term commitment for stays of multiple months.
Along with meals and accommodations, we offer occasional yoga & meditation classes, community activities and share circles.
We harvest a lot from the surrounding old growth forest and our own land. Simple vegetarian and vegan meals will be served, using our own garden vegetables when possible.
Our main projects include finishing a straw bale building; painting interior of buildings, fixing roadway, tending to daily chores such as cleaning and cooking. Most of the work will be outside. PLEASE PACK APPROPRIATELY.
Please come prepared to get your hands dirty we will occasionally be working on building projects and landscaping.
Tent (incl tarp and any other required camping supplies)
All bedding (incl sleeping bag, sheets, pillow, towel, etc)
Biodegradable soap, and shampoo
Working alarm clock (electricity is unreliable, so your phone may not be charged to use as an alarm)
Flash light (head lamp) with extra batteries
Work clothes, work boots (waterproof)
Volunteering (karma yoga/Seva) is 5hr a day, 5 days a week, and volunteers mostly get weekends off.
When visiting the Ashram it is best to take this time to be in nature, to be with ourselves. It's a great opportunity to remove oneself from the outside world and focus on the inner being. We only go into town once every 7-10 days.
If people are hoping to travel into town on a weekend they are welcome to join us, however, it will have to be coordinated with other members of the community as there is never enough space for everyone in the vehicles.
We offer Chakra Readings, Day Trip to the Hot Springs or Alaska Day Trips, Private Alignment Classes and Massage to our guests at a cost, and as a volunteer, you are more than welcome to book these activities during your time off! :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5-6 days a week
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