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Roles: Garden, Orchard and Preserving Kitchen
Org.: Yasodhara Ashram | Sustainability

Location: Kootenay Bay, BC (with housing)
Remun.: vol. + meals + accom., more (value of $2400 per month)


Are you interested in growing and learning in a spiritual community while contributing to sustainable food production? We are looking for Garden, Orchard and Preserving Kitchen Learning Residents for the 2023 season starting as soon as March.

A no-fee Learning Residency is a spiritual development program which will allow you to become immersed in the practice of Karma Yoga (selfless service) while honing your technical and leadership skills with the support of a mentor.

Food sovereignty is top of mind for us this coming year. Our garden and orchard produce 25 percent of the food we eat and we need your help in continuing our progress.


These are not paid staff positions, they are no-fee spiritual and career/life development opportunities. Participants receive food, accommodation, Hatha Yoga on most days, a weekly workshop, evening Satsang and more.


The Garden, Orchard and Preserving Kitchen Learning Residencies are 3 to 8 months in duration within the March to October timeframe. There are also opportunities to extend and we are happy to discuss possibilities with you.


All Learning Residencies

  • Keep an open mind, an attitude of service and an interest in living, working and learning within a spiritual community.
  • Ability to work with a team.
  • Ability to work hard physically outdoors and indoors in all seasons (heat, sun, rain, cold).
  • High level of personal motivation and self-management.
  • Ability to lead others with daily projects or tasks (planning, preparing, overseeing, checking in and follow through until completion).
  • Ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with their mentor and others at the Ashram.

Garden Learning Residency

Some gardening experience and familiarity with organic production methods is preferred but not essential. This might include:

  • Knowledge to support overall fertility and plant management (e.g. crop rotation, amendment, application, companion planting)
  • Greenhouse management (seeding, planting and transplanting)
  • Experience with tools and machinery.

Orchard Learning Residency

Some gardening or orchard experience and familiarity with organic production methods is preferred but not essential. This might include:

  • Knowledge to support overall fertility and tree management (e.g. thinning, amendment and foliar spray application, pest management, companion planting).
  • Comfort working at height on ladders.
  • Ability to lift heavy loads, up to 50lbs.

Preserving Kitchen Learning Residency

Some basic preserving skills and abilities are helpful but not essential. These might include:

  • Experience using cutting tools and cookware.
  • Ability to follow all food safety and sanitation procedures.


More details on these and other Learning Residencies and how to apply can be found at

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 19 2023    ID: 66639