Our Karma Yoga Internship is an experiential learning laboratory for anyone wanting to explore life in an intentional community based on universal spiritual principles. It’s an ideal opportunity for anyone looking for a summer internship, gap year program, time away or a change in their lifestyle or thought patterns.
Are you at a crossroads in your life and looking for a new direction?
Learn yoga & meditation, vegetarian cooking, natural farming, creative arts, retreat center marketing and administration, eldercare or construction & maintenance.
Experience a simple but abundant life in a supportive, vibrant community, surrounded by peace, kindness and beauty.
Contribute to a new vision for society based on small communities that value sharing, respect for others and the natural world, a rich inner life and people more than things.
Contact us if you have questions or need more information:
Program Fee Covers:
- Experience in our vegetarian kitchen and retreat center with options for long-term interns to serve on our organic farm, construction, eldercare, and marketing projects.
- Dormitory-style housing (shared bathroom & private room, when available), including wi-fi and coin-op laundry facilities. No pets, please.
- Three home-cooked vegetarian meals per day
- Daily group meditations and 3-4 yoga classes per week
- Access to 225 acres of rural land, hiking trails and communal spaces for meditation, art, study, exercise and socializing.
- Personalized support in developing spiritual practices, navigating community living, 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.
- Daily classes in Raja Yoga, Meditation, Sharing Nature, and more!
Sample Daily Schedule:
6:30 – 8:00 am Meditation or yoga
8:00 – 8:45 am Breakfast (in silence until 8:30)
9:00 – 10:00 am Introductory Class (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, & Sat each have their own dedicated topic)
10:00 – 12:30 pm Service shift – housekeeping
12:45 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 4:30 pm Free Time
4:30 – 6:00 pm Yoga
6:00 – 6:30 pm Dinner
6:30 – 8:30 pm Service shift – kitchen clean-Up
Interns can choose their start date and plan to stay for anywhere from 2 weeks to one month. Internships can be extended by as little as one week at a time, up to a total stay of 3-months. Interns are expected to attend one group meditation / yoga session a day, 5 morning classes per week, and 11 service shifts per week.
The core internship focuses on integrating the expanded awareness found in spiritual practice into service to our vegetarian kitchen and retreat and conference center. If staffing allows, long-term interns will have the option to develop a special project or expand their service into one of the following program areas:
Natural Farming – Learn about the importance of small-scale organic farming to the sustainability of our communities! Participate in organic vegetable production, chicken rearing, and orchard care on Laurelwood’s farm. Explore permaculture principles at the neighboring Llamas & Niyamas homestead, which raises ducks, chickens, llamas, fruit trees, and vegetables.
Creative Arts – This Spring we are collaborating with the Awakening Arts Academy to offer an inspiring week of creativity and uplifted consciousness from April 21st – 28th. Register for an internship of at least one month and add on the Journey of the Soul weekend retreat, plus a week of guided studio time with Dana Lynne Anderson, for just $348. Then integrate your personal or community project with the rest of your internship using our vibrant studio space.
Construction & Maintenance – Join our professional crew of builders in construction, remodeling, and maintenance projects to expand, beautify, and improve our existing infrastructure.
Retreat Center Marketing & Administration – Help to develop our retreat and conference center, as well as our internship and residential programs.
Interns may also apply directly for one of our certification programs:
Vegetarian Cooking – Culinary Certification is available in vegetarian cooking including hands on instruction in nutritional standards, food safety, and various cooking styles and techniques, and plenty of opportunities for creativity and initiative. Learn more about our Culinary Certification program!
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 – a full-time internship – and complete the certification program in 1-3 months. Learn more about our ElderCare Certification program!
Visit our Living in Community page to learn more about our community philosophy and all of our residential program options.