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  • Description

    Description

    PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOU APPLY FOR VOLUNTEERING:

    THIS ASHRAM IS A HEALING CENTER AND ACADEMY FROM WOMAN TO WOMEN.

    FOR MEN'S:
    IF YOU ARE A MEN, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR VOLUNTEERING, EXCEPT, if you are a webmaster, video and video editing expert, a graphic designer, have some very interesting skills as an artist, therapist, psychotherapist or teacher.
    However, men's can apply for our events, therapies and private sessions, in person, or online, but not for for volunteering nor accommodation.
    All the readings, counseling and reiki healing are available online and at distance as well.

    AYURVEDIC TREATMENT PACKAGES NOT ALLOWED DURING VOLUNTEERING PERIOD:
    PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE VOLUNTEERING YOU CANNOT RECEIVE AYURVEDIC TREATMENT PACKAGES BECAUSE IT WILL REQUIRE YOU TO REST SUFFICIENTLY AND THUS YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HELP.

    NOT ALLOWED
    Smoking, taking drugs, drinking alcohol, and eating meat or fish is not allowed on the ashram premises.

    SMARTPHONES NOT ALLOWED DURING THE HELPING HOURS
    It is NOT ALLOWED the use of the smartphone during the helping hours. The smartphones will be left on the house downstairs and when you finish your day you can pick up them. This is to avoid procrastination and for the volunteer fully focus on the task in hands.

    WE GIVE PRIORITY TO LONG TERM VOLUNTEERS MINIMUM 3 MONTHS.

    YOUR COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION IS NEEDED WHILE HELPING
    If you are not ready to give that, to help from your heart 5h per day, 5 days per week, then please do not apply, because in a situation of lack of dedication and procrastination during the helping time, you may not be allowed to stay here.

    TRIAL PERIOD
    We usually use a 7 - 10 days trial period in order to gauge our mutual compatibility with helpers. If things are not flowing during this time then we will kindly ask helpers to find a new living situation.

    SHARED, MIXED DORMITORY
    The dormitory is located on the top floor. It's open-air, has a rooftop and half a 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 a small table. A few extension cords are available to charge electronic devices.

    FOOD
    Two meals a day, breakfast and lunch. The lunch is gluten free and vegan.
    Vegan and raw food. It is not allowed to cook or eat fish, seafood or meat in the ashram.

    SHARED KITCHEN
    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.

    WATER
    Mineral water provided.

    1ST MESSAGE:
    RANDOM MESSAGES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    YOUR PHOTO
    You will have to upload on your profile a clear face photo and full body photo.

    When applying, Please go through our profile and if you feel connected with this project INCLUDE ON YOUR 1ST MESSAGE ALL DETAILS REQUIRED BELOW, FOR YOUR VOLUNTEERING APPLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED:
    1. Your age;
    2. Your birth details (for volunteering selection and astrology research purposes):
    Birthday: Month / Day / Year
    Time of birth
    Location of birth: city / state or province / country
    3. Specifically which tasks/Workaway positions you want to do and what your relevant experience is for each task. Go though the description of the vacancies/tasks required by us and if it suits you, apply accordingly;
    4. If the task requires a computer, specific software, or photo/filming equipment, WE ONLY CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING APPLICATIONS IF YOU MENTION THAT YOU ARE BRINGING ALL THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT;
    4. Arrival and departure dates;
    5. Contact info: email, phone number, Facebook name and Facebook email address;
    6. A sentence from your part that You Commit Yourself to the 5h work per day with honesty and dedication.
    7. Any illness, mental unbalance, depression anything related with your health that we should know.
    8. Reason for you to apply to volunteer in this ashram.
    9. Please write your message in English and put “Volunteering & Task” as the subject for your message. "Task" means write the main tasks you are applying for on the message tittle.

    Thank You.

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    OUR PLACE:
    The place is composed by one house with ground floor, upper floor, roof top and garden. I live with my daughters on the ground floor where I have one guest room. On the upper floor there are 3 rooms to rent and on the roof top is for the yoga hall and the dormitory. All with access to shared kitchen, living room on the 1st floor and wi-fi. All around there is a nice garden. The house is located in a very tranquil area surrounded with tropical nature.

    OUR PROJECT
    Our project includes 4 different areas, Teaching, Healing, Accommodation and Kerala and Tamil Nadu guided trips.


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    ABOUT SONIA

    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. This ashram offers accommodation only for Women and therapies, readings, private sessions and events for both genders.

    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.

    ASHRAM
    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 of 4 astrologies (Western, Chinese, Karmic and Mayan), 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.

    THINGS I AM 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.

    CREATIVITY
    My artistic creative skills goes on the writing, singing, free style oriental and belly dance, dance original performances, I love music, photography, both taking photos and posing for creative photo sessions.

    ADVENTURE
    I absolutely love horse riding, paragliding, mountain trekking, long walks, bike trips, scuba diving, swimming for an hour on the ocean far across the waves where the sea is calm and there is no one around.

    LIFE STYLE
    I have mainly a vegan and raw food plant based diet, caffeine, sugar free and gluten free. As much as possible I avoid all kind of processed foods, doing my best to have wholesome foods.
    I don't smoke, don't drink alcohol, no drugs and between August 2018 until April 2019 I got free from the smartphone and used only an analogical Nokia :-)
    Actually I use the Nokia most of the time and the smartphone once or twice a day.
    So on the path to a totally "addiction free" life.

    I am a yogini, I do yoga, meditation and spiritual practice at a daily basis (or almost :-)) and I normally wake up quite early for that (between 4h, 6ham, depending on the days and mood).

    I love to spend time in my home, receive massages and all kind of therapies, spend time in natural reserves or nature places with wild animals, specially mammals and interacting with them.

    I love to inspire others with my knowledge, wisdom and experience, live and spend time in places full of Nature, and I absolutely love what I do for a living, I love to teach and inspire people to have better, happier, fulfilled lives.

    My daughters, one born in 2012 by cesarean and the other one born in 2014 by natural home birth, no anesthesia.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    SPIRITUALITY
    I'm 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. Varkala is often known as the Varanasi of the South. I have lived here for 7 years, and I can assure you, this is a Vortex: an amazingly energetic and spiritually powerful place.

    BEACH
    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 as well as Stand Up Paddling boards.
    You can go paragliding, with a professional, on the cliff.

    BACKWATERS
    The backwaters are 15 minutes from here by rickshaw and it’s a magical place where you can go on a canoe trip to the Golden Island and stop for the sunset in a non-touristic beach.

    LOCAL MARKETS
    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.

    KAPPHIL BEACH
    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 and I highly recommend this beach.

    SHOPS
    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. I'm especially fond of a Tibetan crystal shop on the cliff!

    RESTAURANTS
    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 lifestyle, 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.

  • Help

    Help

    TYPE OF HELP:
    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 skill set, we will combine tasks in order to get everything taken care of.

    1. OFFICE HELP: *️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: 3 months or more*️️
    I need someone trustworthy, honest, good command over 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.

    2. 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. The 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.

    5. FILMING & VIDEO EDITING:
    Filming our courses, educational and promotional materials. Editing them for our YouTube and social media channels. The applicant will need to have a camera, computer and editing software. Please include links to your portfolio or examples of work.

    6. PHOTOGRAPHY & PHOTO EDITING:
    Documenting our progress. Creating promotional and social media content. Editing pictures for the website and social media channels. The applicant will need to have a camera, computer and editing software. Please include links to your portfolio or examples of work.

    7. 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. The applicant will need to have a computer and editing software. Please include links to your portfolio or examples of work.

    8. 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. The 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.

    9. TEXT TRANSLATION:
    Translating English to Portuguese, Spanish or French. The applicant needs to have a computer. Please describe your experience.

    10. SOCIAL MEDIA: *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 2-3 months or more*️️️️️️️️️️
    Maintain and promote events and ashram on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels. The applicant needs to have a computer. Please include links or descriptions of previous work.

    11. 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. The applicant needs to have a computer and necessary editing software. Please include links to your previous work and explain your experience.

    12. ART PROJECT:
    Add some colour to our Ashram! Painting walls or even creating marketing/branding material. Let us get creative. Please include examples of previous work and describe your style of art or preferred medium.

    13. VEGAN & RAW FOOD MEALS PREP. / HOUSEWORK / GARDENING / CHILDCARE/BABYSITTING:
    Preparing the lunch, vegan &/or raw food lunch for the volunteers team.
    Cleaning, laundry, shopping and maintaining the garden. This includes maintaining the guest rooms, dormitory, yoga hall and all the common areas. Please describe your previous experience.
    CHILDCARE/BABYSITTING:
    Occasionally looking after my two daughters, ages 4 and 6. Must be trustworthy, patient, responsible and honest. Please describe previous childcare experience.

    14. TEACHERS & THERAPISTS:
    Psychotherapist specialized in codependency and love addiction, Chi Gong, Tai Chi, Dance, Reiki therapists (3rd Level preferably, or 2nd level certification), and /or Reiki Masters, massage therapist, aqua-floating & watsu therapist or teacher, astrology readers, yoga teacher.
    Please explain your previous experience, send your certificates and what you would be able to contribute to the Ashram.

    SCHEDULE: 5 days per week, 5h per day, from 10h am to 4h pm (with 1h break for lunch).

    PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING:
    We really appreciate the following qualities in helpers: honesty, humility, respectfulness, dedication, creativity, and motivation. I want workers who can initiate and work from a calm, grounded space while staying flexible and willing to help in whatever task that is asked.

    Drama, lies, selfish interests, laziness, procrastination and gossiping are not welcome in our space.

    THOSE WHO ARE APPLYING TO HELP WITH COOKING AND CLEANING, I WOULD PREFER YOU TO BE FLEXIBLE WITH BABYSITTING AS WELL.

    NOTE:
    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.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Fluently Portuguese, Spanish, English and French and a bit of Italian, Catala and Mallayalam.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    SHARED, MIXED OPEN AIR DORMITORY
    The dormitory is located on the top floor (2nd floor). It's open-air, has a rooftop and half a 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 a small table. A few extension electric cords are available to charge electronic devices.

    TOILET
    The dormitory toilet is on the ground floor of the house, entering through outside, on the back side of the house.
    Keep a torch or the mobile phone torch with you.

    FOOD
    Two meals a day, breakfast and lunch. The lunch is gluten free and vegan.
    Vegan and raw food. It is not allowed to cook or eat fish, seafood or meat in the ashram.

    SHARED KITCHEN
    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.

    WATER
    Mineral water provided.

    WI-FI
    Wi-fi connection will be available from 9 am to 9 pm. 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.

    BICYCLE
    Occasionally you can use our bicycle.

    HAMMOCKS
    There is one hammock on the dormitory for you to relax with a stunning view of the surrounding nature and the sunset.

    BOOKS
    You can find all kind of books in the alternative, healing, spirituality, and New Age area that you are welcome to read.

    ATTENTION
    We are in South India, in a tropical area in the middle of Nature, so, be ready for the presence of local animals and insects including spiders, mosquitoes (only at sunrise and sunset), flies, geckos, crows, kingfishers, woodpeckers, 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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Available Transport is local bus, rickshaw, train and taxi.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • 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 days a week

Therapy Room
Yoga Hall
Common Balcony (Upstairs)
Dormitory (Mixed)
Ashram
Backwaters
Oddayam Beach
Papanasham Beach (Main Beach)
Sonia

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