Our Residential Community
We are an intentional, working community with a strong focus on karma yoga (the yoga of action), or selfless service as a means to peace in our hearts and harmony in the world. We are brought together by our interest in personal growth, spiritual development, healthy lifestyles, and a deep connection to nature.
Our residential community consists of several core staff and many volunteers from all over the world. We also enjoy strong support from our wider on and off island community.
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Live and Work with Us
The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga season runs from January to November, with our busiest months being from June to September.
People who are typically happiest here are interested in:
- Being part of an intentional, working community with its inevitable ebbs and flows.
- Working and living with a diverse group of people.
- Personal and spiritual development, particularly yoga.
- Non-violent and direct communication.
- Living a simple, modest lifestyle.
- Observing a wholesome, vegetarian diet.
- Connecting with the land and nature.
Most people who live and work here come as volunteers through our Residential Karma Yoga Program. This consists of 20 hours per week of work service, plus a 10-week curriculum of classes on topics related to yoga philosophy, pranayama and meditation, and community life, as well as dedicated times to gather and connect. Accommodation, meals, and access to ongoing public yoga classes are also included. Aside from fostering their own growth and learning, this program helps new residents to become familiar with the essential teachings and practices that continue to inspire the Centre. Upon completion of the 10-week program, participants can apply to remain here on an even work-exchange while continuing to explore yoga and community in a more self-directed way.
In addition, we offer some core staff members in skilled, leadership positions a monthly stipend to offset some of life’s basic costs. This amount is not intended to be a wage, but rather a small allowance for incidental expenses. New core staff members are also asked to participate in the Residential Karma Yoga Program during their first 10 weeks at the Centre, but they do so free of charge. These core positions carry a commitment to stay for an entire guest season, and involve between 27 and 31 hours of work per week, in addition to classes and meetings.
Please see the link below for a listing of available positions.
Residents convene several times a week for pranayama and meditation classes, community meetings, a community work party, and theory classes. Residents are also welcome and encouraged to attend other Centre classes and offerings, like weekly kirtans and satsangs, as their work schedule permits.
We also come together informally to collaborate on work projects, or simply to play together (i.e. volleyball, movie nights, arts & crafts, community dinners, etc).
Each resident has their own living space. Accommodation is either indoor (as space permits) or seasonal camping (as weather permits). Both indoor and outdoor accommodation enjoy access to bathrooms, outhouses, and showers.
Amenities such as wifi, washer and dryer, community kitchen, public access computer and printer are also available for staff and volunteer use.
Meals, classes and common spaces are shared among residents and guests. We enjoy two vegetarian and farm-fresh meals per day (lunch and dinner) and take turns doing dishes and cleaning up the dining hall.
Most residents at the Centre focus their work hours in one primary area, although there are some opportunities to help out and explore others jobs around the land. Below is a listing of the key teams that help keep the Centre running.
Nestled within the 65.6 acres at the Salt Spring Centre, lies over 5 acres of fenced farm land, including a juvenile food forest (1.7 acres). Our farm team consists of our farm co-coordinators Milo and Dan, as well support staff that assist with planting, weeding & pruning and harvesting Learn more >>>
The kitchen team is responsible for feeding everyone living at the centre, including retreat guests and longer term residents. Our kitchen team consists of our kitchen co-coordinators Mariel and Hope, as well as support staff that assist with preparing and cooking delicious meals. Learn more >>>
Behind the hustle and bustle of the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, lies a calm in the storm. In a quiet corner of the main house is a sanctuary we call Housekeeping. Here in Housekeeping, deemed simply HK for those in the know, the name of the game is all things CLEAN! Our housekeeping team consists of our Housekeeping Coordinator, Courtenay, as well as support staff that assist with all things HK. Learn more >>>
The office team consists of our Operations Coordinator, Yogeshwar, our Financial & Development Coordinator, Racquel, our Programs Coordinator, Emily, our I.T. Coordinator, Jesse and our resident KY fairy, Crystal. In addition, we have support staff that assist with social media and marketing. Learn more >>>
Every home requires maintenance. Some things are planned, others not so much, the maintenance team works towards making sure everything on the land is in good working condition. The Maintenance Team is led by our Maintenance Coordinator Ben. Learn more >>>