Help family develop an off grid, eco homestead, yoga & bhakti retreat in BC, Canada.

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  • Last activity: 21/12/2022

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello and Namaste!

    *Please read our profile carefully before contacting us to make sure that this is an experience that feels compatible with your interests.

    We are a family of 4 humans: Mark (builder, designer, artist), Sunni (yoga teacher, veggie chef), Nash 9 and Tulsi 7. We also have 3 friendly, outdoor dogs to keep the bears, coyotes, wolves and cougars away.
    Mark and I met through the Vancouver yoga community after travelling India and staying in ashrams/temples. We both fell in-love with the spiritual culture and our hearts led us here to this wild BC, spiritual wonderland.

    Our homestead and local village is a very unique combination of off grid, Canadian, wild-country in an intentional spiritual community (Hare Krishna), which is a traditional bhakti yoga path from India.
    Bhakti yoga is a path of self-realization that focusses on purifying the heart through loving service. Our purpose is to share the wisdom and beauty of living a yoga & bhakti inspired lifestyle.

    We are building a beautiful eco homestead and yoga & bhakti retreat on 10 acres of forested mountainside, overlooking the stunning Venables Valley and lake. Venables Valley is home to Saranagati Village, our 1500 acre, off grid, organic farm and bhakti yoga community near Ashcroft, BC (4 hours drive north of Vancouver city).
    You can reach us by plane, train or bus service from Vancouver, Kelowna and other surrounding areas.

    We're in our 9th year of development on forested land. For the last 4 years, our workaway guests have helped with so many projects and we are so grateful. This year, we are focussing on some building projects, maintaining our garden, greenhouse and orchard, landscaping and business development.

    We welcome guests who are interested in and open to: off grid/eco living and development, Indian (Hindu) spiritual culture, traditional yoga and a sattvic (vegetarian/simple/clean/sober) lifestyle. Our whole community is like an ashram (place of spiritual practice)...we offer a truly life-transforming adventure! If this description sparks your curiosity and excitement, we welcome you to contact us.

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    ~Children and community are a huge part of our daily life. It's important that you love kids because our kids love to connect with our workaways. If spending time with family and community is not your thing, this workaway is not a compatible fit.
    ~If you are coming to help with childcare (June-August), you will be asked for references. We have child protection guidelines and community protocols.
    ~We are vegetarian/vegan (no meat, no eggs, no dairy). We are happy to accommodate vegan diet.
    ~We require that guests abstain from smoking, alcohol and drugs during their stay. These are cleansing yogic practices. Please make sure that this would be an authentic commitment and practice for you before you contact us.
    ~We do not discriminate based on a person's appearance, religious views, medical choices, gender, nationality etc...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be immersed in a remote, wild, off grid, spiritual lifestyle. We practice yoga & bhakti so this is a perfect place to explore and deepen your spirituality.

    You are also welcome to join us at the house for sunrise sadhana (yoga practice) at 6am on weekdays. This is a quiet time (before the kids wake up, lol) for personal yoga/meditation practice. *optional

    There are regular cultural festivities such as, weekly temple programs, potlucks and small festivals. *optional

    There are also weekly community games days/nights. *optional

    You can learn about off grid/eco living, building, landscaping, Yoga & Bhakti, Vedic culture and philosophy, vegetarian/gluten-free/Indian cooking, Ayurveda, organic gardening/farming, canning, village life, alternative living etc...

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for a single person with some construction experience. We need help with building projects, gardening, landscaping and general maintenance.

    Construction skills, experience with power tools, chainsaw etc... are huge assets!

    Experience in photography, videography, business development, landscaping and gardening/permaculture are also welcome!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Workaways stay in a private, tiny cabin (5 minute walk from main house). Nearby, there is fresh mountain spring water, an outhouse and an outdoor, solar-heated shower (in summer). Daily showers are also available at the house.

    You will be provided with delicious vegetarian meals. Breakfast is served at 8:30am (usually oatmeal, toast, fruit or smoothie), a big lunch is served after work at 2pm and lighter dinner at 6pm (usually leftovers or soup and salad).
    Meals are often Indian style cuisine, main sources of protein are lentils, beans, tofu, nuts and seeds. All meals are served at the house (5 minute walk from your accommodation).
    We also provide snacks, such as: smoothies, fruit, veggies, homemade dips, crackers, toast, muffins/cookies, granola bars etc...
    *We are gluten-free (not celiac).
    *We are happy to accommodate vegan workaways.

    **No unsealed food/garbage in your cabin or tent trailer...it will attract critters!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    SPRING/SUMMER SEASON (April-September):
    Work is generally 9am-2pm (5 hours), 5 days/week. Days off may vary.
    Climate is hot and dry (semi-arid desert valley, 2600ft). Long, hot days, 10C to 40C! Nights are cooler.
    Bring layers for hot and cold weather. You need good shoes/workboots for outdoor work and sandals.
    There are a variety of bugs/insects, bring bug spray if needed.
    With the long hot days, we tend to spend a lot of time outside and at the lake. (June-August)

    FALL/WINTER SEASON (October-March):
    Work is generally 9am-2pm (5 hours), 5 days/week. Days off may vary.
    Climate is cold and dry (semi-arid desert valley, 2600ft). Short, cold days, 5C to -25C!
    Usually lots of snow from November-March.
    Bring lots of warm clothes, layers and wool socks etc...
    You need full winter gear: winter coat, snow pants, snow boots, thick gloves, tuque (snow hat) and scarf.
    We may have extra gear if you need to borrow some.
    With the short, cold days we tend to spend less time outside. There is more time for reading, meditation, yoga etc...

    There is a lake for swimming/skating (1 km from us) and endless back country to explore.
    The nearest towns are Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Spence's Bridge, which are a 25-35 minute driving distance. Nearest city is Kamloops, 1.5 hour drive. Our homestead borders wild back-country and this area is home to rattle snakes, coyotes, bears, dear, mountain goats, moose, cougars, wolves, lots of birds and many pesky rodents who's life mission is to find a way into buildings and make it their own!
    Our village is home to holy cows and many friendly family dogs.
    Transportation is very limited. There is no local bus. For personal supplies, we go to town about once a week. Guests can go to town with us or carpool with community residents.
    *Limited wi-fi is only available at the house and shop between 8:30am-7pm

    *IMPORTANT*
    ~Children and community are a huge part of our daily life. It's important that you love kids because our kids love to connect with our workaways. If spending time with family and community is not your thing, this workaway is not a compatible fit.
    ~If you are coming to help with childcare (June-August), you will be asked for references. We have child protection guidelines and community protocols.
    ~*️️️️️️️️️️️️We are vegetarian (no meat, no eggs). We are happy to accommodate vegan diet.
    ~ We require that guests abstain from smoking, alcohol and drugs during their stay. These are yogic practices for purification. Please make sure that this would be an authentic commitment for you before you contact us.
    ~We do not discriminate based on a person's appearance, religious views, medical choices, gender, nationality etc...

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Any size. Power and water hook-up.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours, 5 days/week

Host ref number: 949658487562

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