Karma Yoga Internships

Our Karma Yoga Internship program is an experiential learning laboratory in achieving interconnection through service.  It’s for anyone wanting to explore life in an intentional community, eco-village, small-scale farm or retreat center based on universal spiritual principles.  And it’s ideal for anyone seeking a summer internship, gap year program, mid-life transition, or lifestyle change to develop healthy habits and routines for a balanced and vibrant life.

Are you at a crossroads in your life and looking for a new direction?

  • Practice yoga & meditation to deepen your relationship with your own intuition, present moment awareness, and enduring qualities of peace and joy.
  • Serve by sharing uplifted consciousness through vegetarian cooking, organic farming, creative arts, retreat center marketing & administration, compassion-based eldercare or construction & maintenance.
  • Learn through building relationships with other truth-seekers and exploring universal spiritual principles found in raja yoga, world mythology, sharing nature, healing with foods, and embracing change.
  • Contribute to a new vision for society based on small communities that value sharing, a rich inner life, simple and abundant living, people more than things, and respect for others and the natural world surrounded by peace, kindness and beauty.

For more information, contact 503-746-6229 or efl@anandalaurelwood.org.

Visit our Living in Community page to learn more about our community philosophy and all of our residential program options.


The Karma Yoga Internship features a nourishing balance of structure and flexibility for developing a balanced rhythm in tune with your own unique source of joy and creativity.  Interns can choose their start date and arrange a stay of anywhere from 2 weeks to one month.  After the first month, internships can be extended by as little as one week at a time, up to a total of 3-months.  Interns agree to attend one group meditation / yoga session a day, all intern classes, and 25 hours of service per week. Program fee is $500 a month.

Internships focus on integrating the expanded awareness found in spiritual practice into service to our vegetarian kitchen, small-scale organic farm, and retreat center.  Long-term interns and those who apply for our certification programs will have the option to focus on one of the following program areas:

Organic Farming – Learn about the importance of small-scale organic farming to the sustainability of our communities! Participate in organic vegetable production, chicken & cow rearing, and orchard care.  Learn more about our Organic Farming internship!

ElderCare – The ElderCare Certification program is an ideal way to incorporate spiritual precepts into your caregiving practice or to explore caregiving as a vocation in a supportive learning environment. Join the team of residential caregivers at Ananda House and complete the certification program in 1-3 months. Learn more about our ElderCare Certification program!

Retreat Center Hospitality & Marketing Help develop and market our retreat and conference center, as well as our internship and residential programs.

Buildings & Grounds – Join our professional crew of builders and landscapers in construction, remodeling, and maintenance projects to expand, beautify, and improve our existing infrastructure.

Creative Arts – Join us in 2018 as we launch our Artist in Residence program, offering weekly classes for interns, guided studio time, and support for special projects that enhance our community, such as murals, garden sculptures, or graphic art.

Program Fee Covers:

  • Experience in our vegetarian kitchen, small-scale organic farm, retreat hospitality & marketing, buildings & grounds, and eldercare programs
  • Daily classes on meditation, yoga, sharing nature, healing foods, world mythology and more!
  • Dormitory-style housing (shared bedroom with two twin beds & bathroom down the hall), including wi-fi. No pets, please. (Private room may be available if preferred, inquire upon application. Program fee for private room is $800 a month.)
  • Three home-cooked vegetarian meals per day
  • Access to 225 acres of rural land, hiking trails and communal spaces for meditation, art, study, exercise and recreation.
  • Personalized support in developing spiritual practices, navigating community living and life transitions, creating special projects, and integrating your experience, including assistance with resumes, cover letters, and references.
  • Cost of First Timer’s Weekend Meditation Retreat, if one occurs during your stay.

Sample Daily Schedule:

6:30 – 8:00 am    Meditation

8:00 – 8:45 am    Breakfast (in silence until 8:30)

9:00 – 10:00 am    Introductory Class

10:15 – 12:45 pm    Service Shift: Meal Preparation

12:45 – 1:30 pm    Lunch

1:30 – 4:30 pm    Free Time

4:45 – 6:00 pm    Yoga

6:00 – 6:30 pm    Dinner

6:45 – 8:15 pm    Service shift: Kitchen Clean-Up

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