We are a small retreat center/ashram, inspiring 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 108 km North of Terrace, BC, in the sacred Nass Valley, home to the First Nations people the NIsga'a. 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 and never had anyone leave unhappy. Living off-grid the way that we do often requires long days and hard work but it also brings us closer as a community. Together we practice yoga and meditation daily.
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 yoga courses, meditation retreats, and intensives cover a wide range of topics, beginning with the use of mantra-s, the intensifying of the energies of Kundalini shakti, and continue with deepening states of meditation, into an understanding of non-duality. It is a fully integrated form of yoga.
Our daily program changes based on the time of year and number of guests however it tends to be something as follows:
06:00 awaken morning chanting, yoga, and meditation
09:00 Karma Yoga (volunteering)
14:00 karma yoga (volunteering)
19:00 Evening activity (music, podcasts, yoga, fire ceremony, etc.)
20:00 Free time and silence until 9 am the next day
Weekends are usually days off.
We have Fire Ceremonies on either the full moon or new moon.
We require our volunteers to have a sense of humor.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Travelers who come to stay with us will be able to receive daily yoga and meditation and will be able to learn about the yogic tradition in an easy, logical manner. 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 daily yoga, initiation into mantra and meditation, retreats-- which are on donation.
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. Meditation and yoga classes will be held daily in the morning.
This year we are mainly in need of people who are physically fit and willing to work hard. Our main projects include finishing a straw bale building; painting interior of buildings, fixing roadway, tending to daily chores such as cleaning and cooking, preparing cabins for guests and retreat guests and more.
Please come prepared to get your hands dirty we will mainly be working on building projects and landscaping.
Volunteers will stay camp.
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.
We have interesting philosophy classes and dynamic yoga classes in the afternoons during the week as part of our other programs. As a volunteer you have the option to attend our afternoon classes on the condition you have finished your Seva hours for the day/ commit to making up the hours another day. This afternoon class is not included as a part of the Volunteer Program, so attendance will cost $10/class.
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, 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! :)
We have Yoga Programs, Private Retreats and Yoga Teacher Training courses running throughout the year as well, so if you are wanting to extend your stay to join one of these programs, just let us know!
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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