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, sabbatical or a change in their lifestyle or thought patterns.
Are you at a crossroads in your life and looking for a new direction?
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.
Learn yoga & meditation, vegetarian cooking, natural farming, creative arts, retreat center marketing and administration, eldercare or construction & maintenance.
The Karma Yoga Internship begins with a First Timer’s Weekend Meditation Retreat and can be arranged for anywhere from two weeks up to three months. The internship is available in two different fully residential formats to fit your needs.
Full-time: 32 hours of service per week and $500 per month room and board. This option is ideal for those wanting full immersion in the community experience.
Part-time: 16 hours of service per week and $800 per month room and board. This is a great option for those who want more personal time or who have limitations on their physical abilities.
Visit our Living in Community page to learn more about our community philosophy and all of our residential program options.
Program Fee Covers:
- Cost of First Timer’s Weekend Meditation Retreat
- 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
- Experience in different functional areas, including farming, cooking, and construction
- Weekly learning opportunities focused on deepening your understanding of yourself, the world, and how to navigate it all,
- Daily group meditations and 3-4 yoga classes per week
- Opportunities for reflection and recreation, including daily intern circles and weekly off-site field trips
- 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
Sample Daily Schedule:
6:30 – 8:00 am Meditation
8:00 – 8:45 am Breakfast in silence (until 8:30)
8:45 – 9:00 am Morning Circle (Daily schedule review, exercise and inspiration)
9:00 – 9:30 am Intern Circle (informal discussion about the intern experience and spiritual inquiry)
9:30 – 12:00 pm Service
12:15 – 12:45 pm Group Meditation
12:45 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 4:30 pm Service
4:30 – 6:00 pm Yoga class or free time
6:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 pm Learning or free time
The first 2 weeks of an internship provide experiences in all functional areas of our retreat center, followed by the option to continue with general support, develop a special project, or focus in a particular area, including:
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.
We also host Wwoofers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) and sponsor monthly family-friendly volunteer day on Saturdays.
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!
Construction & Maintenance – Join our professional crew of builders in construction, remodeling, and maintenance projects to expand, beautify, and improve our existing infrastructure.
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.
Retreat Center Marketing & Administration – Help to develop our retreat and conference center, as well as our internship and residential programs.
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!