WE AREN'T TAKING VOLUNTEERS AT THE MOMENT.
If you would like to join our events or book a private session, find us online (Sonia Indigo) and reach out to us.
Please read the following before you apply for volunteering:
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING:
We really appreciate the following qualities in workawayers: honesty, humility, respectfulness, dedication, creativity, and motivation. We would like those who can initiate and work from a calm, grounded space while staying flexible and willing to help in whatever task that is asked.
We avoid drama, lies, selfish interests, laziness, procrastination, and gossiping!
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.
We do appreciate that once you are here and the work and connection is running smoothly, that you accomplish your side and stay for the full time that you proposed to
WHAT WE NEED IN YOUR INITIAL INQUIRY:
Our Astrology research is a requirement for our hiring process. To be considered, and for a guaranteed reply, please include the following information:
1. Your age.
2. Your Birthday: dd / mm / yyyy (example: 11/February/1977)
3. Time of birth (example: 21h30)
4. Location of birth: city / state or province/country
5. Specifically which Workaway positions you want to apply for and what your relevant experience is?
Please note, if the task requires a computer, specific software, or photo/filming equipment, we will only consider applicants that bring the necessary equipment! So please confirm in your message that you are bringing it.
6. Arrival and departure dates;
7. Contact info: email, phone number, Facebook name, and Facebook email address;
8. A statement that you are in agreement with the 4 hours a day / 5 days a week commitment with honesty and dedication.
9. A disclosure of any illness, mental unbalance, depression anything related with your physical, mental or emotional health that we should know.
10. Confirm if you are mentally, emotionally and physically healthy and have the energy to perform the normal tasks and given schedules.
11. COMMITMENT TO THE AGREED VOLUNTEER DATES.
Write a statement that you commit yourself to accomplish the dates that we both agree for you to volunteer in the ashram.
11. Please write your message in English and put “Volunteering” as the subject for your message. Also, include the main tasks you are applying for on the message title.
Thank you for your attention!
VACANCIES AVAILABLE & DATES:
Webmaster: Long-term volunteering (minimum 3 months)
Filming / Video edition / YouTube / Online Courses: Long-term volunteering (minimum 3 months)
Graphic Designer: Long-term volunteering (minimum 3 months)
Blogger: Long-term volunteering (minimum 3 months) (Not available at the moment)
Cooking / Housework / Cleaning / Gardening: Long-term volunteering (minimum 3 months)
Children care & teaching (8 and 10 years old little girls)
Yoga Teaching: Long-term volunteering (minimum 3 months) (Not Available at the moment)
Marketing / Social Media/Instagram / Facebook / Photography: Long term volunteering (minimum 3 months)
Text/Audio Editor/Translation (Portuguese/English)
The Ashram is accepting volunteering applications from a woman only, except for the vacancies of web designing, video filming and edition, and Graphic Designing, where we are currently accepting men*.
*The Ashram is open for male volunteers who honor the sacred female energy and space and are dedicated to creating a future where these energies are balanced.
It is worth noting that, volunteering aside, our events, services, and therapies continue to be available for both women and men, including astrology (Chinese, Karmic, Mayan, and Western), numerology and tarot readings, life coaching, women empowerment, reiki, counseling sessions. These sessions are available in person, at a distance, and online.
Events (women's retreats, reiki therapist & counselor course, reiki certifications at all levels, a workshop for healers, life coaching seminar, sacred feminine workshop, numerology workshop).
This is an ashram, an academy, and a healing and detox center.
Minimum use of smartphones is allowed during work time.
The volunteer tasks and schedules will be given once you are here.
VOLUNTEER MENTAL/EMOTIONAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH CONDITION
We only accept volunteer proposals from people who are mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy.
If you are in need of healing, please do not request to volunteer, request for booking paid accommodation and private sessions of healing, counseling, astrology, tarot, and/or participating in events.
In case the volunteer once here shows no ability or energy to perform the normal tasks and given schedules, will be asked to stop volunteering and start paying for the accommodation, food, meditation, and yoga classes, or finding a new living situation.
Smoking, drugs, drinking alcohol, coffee, black tea, white sugar, and eating animal food is not allowed on the ashram premises.
Volunteers are asked to refrain from Ayurvedic Treatments while volunteering, so as not to compromise the working environment [the treatment may cause fatigue].
We give priority to long-term volunteers [minimum 3 months].
Our expectations are a dedicated commitment of 4 hours of work per day, 5 days per week, with no exceptions!
Included in the volunteering Exchange:
The volunteering is in exchange for open-air dormitory accommodation, a shared kitchen to cook your meals, well water, wi-fi, free participation in the meditation and yoga classes, and in the women's circles or other gatherings, like dance or singuing gatherings.
Not Included in the volunteering Exchange:
Participation in Events, readings, private sessions, and therapies are not included and are paid services.
Volunteers have a 20% discount on events and a 20% discount on private sessions.*
*In order to have the above-mentioned discounts the volunteer has to commit to staying for the time agreed.
There is no washing machine available. You have to do your laundry and handwash. The washing power is at your own expense.
Generally, we use a 7 - 10 day trial period in order to gauge our mutual compatibility with helpers. If things are not flowing during this time, we will kindly ask workers 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 or in bunk beds, each covered with its own mosquito net and a small table. A few extension cords are available to charge electronic devices.
To fix according to the needs and preferences of each volunteer and the Ashram/Sonia requirements.
The Ashram specializes in healing feminine energy, often working with people who find themselves in life-changing moments. We are led by visionary, master healer Sonia, a medicine woman who is certified as a reiki master, yoga teacher, massage therapist, massage instructor, and watsu (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.
Sonia leads women's retreats, women's circles, and Shamanic Journeys with drum and native Indian Chanting. Her events are around women and reiki courses at all levels, life coaching and life-changing seminars, and sacred feminine workshops.
Occasionally writes for online magazines and performs original performances of oriental/belly dance and yoga performances.
AREAS OF FOCUS
The project includes 4 different areas, Teaching, Healing, Accommodation, and occasionally Kerala Guided Trips. We offer a wide range of events, women’s retreats, courses, readings, and therapies.
THINGS WE ARE 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.
We have 4 cats and 2 dogs, 4 goldfish, and 2 angel fish.
PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
Hi there, Aloha!
My name is Sonia, I am originally from Portugal, Lisbon, and I run an Ashram, Academy & Healing Center dedicated mainly (but not only) women, 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 men and women.
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.
SONIA’S OTHER CREATIVE ENDEAVORS
My artistic and creative skills include writing, singing, leading shamanic journeys with drum and native Indian chanting, free style oriental and belly dance, and original dance performances. I also love music and photography [both taking photos and posing for creative photo sessions].
I absolutely love horse riding, paragliding, mountain trekking, long walks, bike trips, scuba diving, and swimming for an hour on the ocean far across the waves, where the sea is calm and there is no one around.
My diet consists of mostly, (but not only and not always) whole foods, vegan, and plant-based foods, and avoiding caffeine, white sugar, and processed foods.
I do not smoke, drink alcohol, nor use drugs.
However, I do believe in free will and not rigid patterns, if I feel to have non-vegan or do any other thing, I will, however, normally, I do have the lifestyle I mentioned above.
I have a kind of yogini lifestyle, I perform yoga, meditation, prayers, positive affirmations, and visual board, as much as possible, on a daily basis. Occasionally I do special invocations, "pujas" and rituals. My natural wake-up time is usually between 4:00 and 5:00am.
In life, I balance my time with home and family pursuits, receiving massages and therapy, spending time in natural reserves, and interacting with wild animals [especially mammals]. My work is one of my passions and I teach and inspire people to have better, happier, and more fulfilled lives.
I am a mother and I have two lovely daughters one born in 2012 by cesarean and the other born in 2014 by natural home birth.
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
MEDITATION AND YOGA CLASSES
If there are yoga classes for paying students, volunteers have free pass.
NEW MOON WOMEN'S CIRCLES
Women's volunteers have volunteers have free pass.
OTHER FREE EVENTS AND CLASSES MUSIC/DANCE etc.
Volunteers have free pass.
We are located in a Hindu area with several temples. There is Durga & Kali Temple 10 minutes walking from here and a 2000 year old temple 5 minutes away 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.
YOGA AND AYURVEDA
There are yoga and Ayurveda everywhere. [You can benefit from ayurvedic massages that usually last for an hour or two.] Ayurvedic treatments are plentiful here, but it is worth noting that sufficient rest is required after these treatments. We respectfully remind Workaways that their work quota would have to be fulfilled prior to these treatments.
The same can be said for treatments and courses at the Ashram and, once again, to prioritize your working commitment.
There are several beaches along the coast, the main beach, Papanasam Beach, is 15 minutes walking from the Ashram. Black Beach and Oddayam Beach are within 20 minutes walking distance and Kapphil Beach is accessible walking through the cliffs for about an hour.
Available on the main beach, are sun umbrellas, surf and body boards for renting, and stand up paddling boards. Paragliding, with a professional, is available on the cliff.
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.
In the early morning time, you can visit the fishermen on the beach and the local vegetable and fish markets, where you can find some organic local fruits and vegetables.
This is a gorgeous beach with stunning visuals of the sea and backwaters. Kapphil beach is 20 minutes away [by rickshaw] and is also accessible by hiking through an amazing trail through the cliffs where you see palm trees and nature amidst the infinite Arabian Sea! You can also connect with the local people. This beach comes highly recommended and has been described as breathtaking.
There are tourist shops on the cliff with all kinds of offers and you can also visit the local shops in Varkala town [10 minutes away by rickshaw]. I'm especially fond of a Tibetan crystal shop on the cliff!
There are the 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, most of them, interested or curious about alternative areas, 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.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
TYPE OF HELP:
We have both ongoing and project-based positions available. Please read this section carefully and reference it in your application. Depending on your skill set, we will combine tasks in order to get everything taken care of.
1. VEGAN & RAW FOOD MEALS PREP. / HOUSEWORK / GARDENING / CHILDCARE/BABYSITTING
*️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 3 months or more*️️️️️️️️️️
Vegan &/or raw food Chef for the volunteers team.
Cleaning, laundry, shopping and maintaining the garden. Please describe your previous experience.
CHILDCARE / WALDORF/STEINER TEACHING / CHILDREN PSYCHOLOGIST: *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 3 months or more*️️️️️️️️️️
Looking after my two daughters, born in 2012 and 2014. Must be trustworthy, patient, responsible and honest. Please describe previous childcare experience.
2. 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.
3. GRAPHIC DESIGN: *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 3 months or more*️️️️️️️️️️
Launch the Astrological Agenda for future years. 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.
4. WEB DESIGNER / BLOGGER: *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 3 months or more*️️️️️️️️️️
Build up from root the 3rd version of our website on WordPress.
Maintain our WIX website and SEO presence, including minor updates and adjustments as requested. The applicant will need to have prior experience. Please include links to your portfolio or examples of your work.
Start from root our blog.
5. OFFICE HELP / SOCIAL MEDIA / BLOG CREATOR: *️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: 3 months or more*️️
Qualifications are trustworthiness, honesty, high command over the English language [both writing and speaking] attentiveness and loyalty. Duties would include overseeing messages and emails over several online platforms, managing availability calendars for accommodations, overseeing volunteers, events, private sessions and customer service.
SOCIAL MEDIA: *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 3 months or more*️️️️️️️️️️
Maintain and promote the events and services that Sonia provides online and in the The Ashram and its events on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels. The applicant needs to have a computer. Please include links or descriptions of previous work.
BLOG CREATOR (website and editing): *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 3 months or more*️️️️️️️️️️
Blog articles. Online content- 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 writing.] 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.
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. TEXT TRANSLATION:
Translating English to Portuguese, Spanish or French. The applicant needs to have a computer. Please describe your experience.
8. MARKETING (Online and local): *️️️️️️️️️️Only long term volunteers: minimum 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.
9. ARTWORK / INTERIOR & EXTERIOR DECORATION:
Add some color 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.
10. TEACHERS & THERAPISTS:
Yoga Teachers, 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.
11. HOUSE/HUT BUILDERS * NATURAL MATERIALS
Carpenters or specialists in building houses in adobe, wood, palm leaves, etc, to build one or two huts in the garden.
SCHEDULE: 5 days per week, 5h per day, from 10h am to 4h pm (with 1h break for lunch).
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.
There are bunk beds and mattresses on the floor, each covered with its own mosquito net and a small table. A few extension cords are available to charge electronic devices.
There is a shared kitchen on the rooftop for you to prepare your own meals with the essential things, fridge, and stove.
You can drink tap water, it's safe.
In the alternative, you can also buy a 20L water which costs 60Inr.
Wi-fi connection will be available from 9 am to 9 pm. At nighttime the house will be wi-fi free for a good and peaceful rest, free from internet radiation.
You can find all kinds of books in the alternative, healing, spirituality, and New Age area that you are welcome to read.
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.
Available Transport is local bus, rickshaw, train and taxi.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
You can work on the computer on the dinning table of the living room, on the sofas outside with view to the tropical nature or on the yoga hall. We have a reasonable wifi connection, however be prepared for power cuts, which are normal to happen occasionally, in certain days, in Indian territory.
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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