Hospitality Learning Residency

The Yasodhara Ashram Hospitality Learning Residency is intended for individuals who want to learn how to oversee housekeeping and management in a large community; how to manage ordering and supplies; how to be a team leader and to learn about the practice of Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga is the practice of selfless service, and is an essential part of life at Yasodhara Ashram.

Located in the rural community of Kootenay Bay, this learning residency provides hands-on experience caring for guests at all levels of their stay at the Ashram. Emphasis is placed on being a team leader; acquiring an overview of all housekeeping needs; training karma yogis in cleaning, bed-making & laundry skills; managing supplies and ordering; and maintaining an awareness of general upkeep.

In applying for this position it is helpful to have some experience and familiarity with a variety of housekeeping skills. Sewing and mending skills are appreciated but not required. Important qualities you can bring to this position are an open mind, a positive disposition, a desire to make things beautiful and interest in living and learning within a spiritual community.

  • A willingness to learn
  • A curiosity and openness to explore living in a spiritual community
  • A desire to bring care into all actions
  • Ability to oversee both big picture and day to day tasks
  • Communication skills for reporting and instruction
  • Ability to prioritize and adjust plans easily
  • Organizational skills (records, tools, people, supplies)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a changing environment
  • Keen observation and attention to detail

Some of these can be acquired through the program, however previous experience is an asset:


  • Knowledge of general housekeeping skills and interest to learn more (making beds, folding laundry, cleaning, reporting things that need repair, dusting, vacuuming etc)
  • Ability to prioritize and oversee daily, weekly and seasonal activities (seasonal cleaning, record keeping)
  • Take the initiative to solve problems, work out difficulties and differences in an open and constructive manner.
  • Ensure adherence to quality expectations and standards.

Physical requirements

  • Ability to work hard physically (Move, lift, carry, and place objects. Walking between buildings, cleaning rooms).
  • Drivers license is helpful.

Interpersonal Leadership and Communication

  • Ability to make work meaningful by encouraging an atmosphere for reflection and spiritual practice, embodying the spirit of Karma Yoga
  • High level of personal motivation and self-management
  • Ability to give feedback to others about how work needs to be performed
  • Ability to effectively communicate and coordinate with Work Coordinators (Karma Yoga managers) and with karma yogis who are assigned to this area day-by-day
  • Ability to maintain on-going open communication with the Hospitality Manager and with the registrations area of the office.
  • Desire to work in and help maintain a harmonious work environment
  • An attitude of service, a positive disposition and an interest in living and learning within a spiritual community.
Intake Dates and Application Process

Applications for learning residences close one month ahead of each intake date. Early applications are encouraged. Intake spots
may be limited to one resident per intake period.

The three month residency dates for 2020 are:

  • Jan 7 – Mar 30
  • Feb 4 – Apr 27
  • Mar 3 – May 25
  • Mar 31 – Jun 22
  • Apr 28 – Jul 20
  • May 26 – Aug 17
  • Jun 23 –Sep 14
  • Jul 21 – Oct 12
  • Aug 18 – Nov 9
  • Sep 15 – Dec 7

To apply, please fill out and submit the application form. Please email if you have any questions. Applications are accepted any time.

Download Learning Residency Application

Extending Your Stay – Pathways to Living and Serving in the Ashram Community

During your stay, we welcome you to consider whether you would benefit from an extended experience through our Pathways Program. Provided both parties agree it is a good fit, it is possible to become a Karma Yoga resident by extending in steps which might continue for 6 months, 1 year or 2+ years depending on your interests. This gives you the opportunity to expand your skills as you live and work alongside us a part of our community. You might become a team leader, eventually even become a teacher, and continue to gain experience that is transferable to work outside the Ashram. We will be happy to discuss possibilities with you.

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