Help out at an Off-Grid Yoga Community in the Wild North, Canada

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  • Description

    Description

    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!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help

    Help

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Camping

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    To Pack:
    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)
    Insect repellent
    Flash light (head lamp) with extra batteries
    Work clothes, work boots (waterproof)

    TIME OFF

    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! :)

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5-6 days a week

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