The Yogaville Organic Farm Internship is designed to allow individuals a rare and special opportunity to engage in organic/sustainable agriculture while living the mind-body-spirit wellness principles of Integral Yoga. Interns are needed during the regular planting and growing season each year from April – November.
**To begin service on the farm in April 2013, applicants will need to enroll in the March 2013 Yogavile LYT program.**
Join us down on the Farm – The Yogaville Farm, that is! Our farm consists of six fenced acres and one well-equipped greenhouse. Water from a spring-fed pond located along the banks of the James River is what irrigates these fields. Presently, we are collaborating with area farmers (Twin Oaks, Acorn, Crumptown Farm) to provide a variety of produce for our community. Some of our 2012 crops include: Artichokes, lettuce, kale, chard, spinach, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, pok choi and more! We are beginning a 2013 season seed-saving project in conjunction with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for tomatoes, peppers, pole beans, southern peas, and corn. Regular activities on the farm include: weeding, mulching, composting, planting, harvesting, and maintaining farm equipment. We are seeking Farm Interns that are ready to contribute their best with a positive attitude in an environment of mutual support and learning. Physical demands of the farm require that applicants be able to comfortably lift 35 lbs.
New Organic Farming Internship candidates who have not completed a qualifying Yogaville resident program† will be required to spend one month in the Living Yoga Training (LYT) Program to get to know the Yogaville culture. Scholarships are available for experienced / qualified applicants. Once service at the farm begins, the daily schedule will also include group meditations, hatha classes and evening programs, and general Ashram service. The schedule allows time for raja yoga classes and Ashram Yogi group meetings with one day off per week. Ashram Farm interns are required to attend a minimum of three hatha classes and eight meditations each week in addition to the weekly satsang program on Saturday. The needs of the farm may vary and are at the discretion of the Farm Manager.
Housing in dorms or trailers, laundry facilities, $35 per month allowance, discounts at our Integral Yoga health store and pure vegetarian food will be provided in addition to the rich yoga and garden training.
Service Exchange Package Includes:
- Housing in dorms or tents
- 2 daily offerings of hatha classes
- 3 daily offerings for group meditation
- evening programs including scripture study, discussions in Enlightened Living, and interfaith teachings / celebrations
- $35 / mo. stipend
- $35/mo. store credit at the Integral Yoga store in Charlottesville, VA
- Laundry facilities provided
- 3 organic vegetarian meals daily
**although interns are responsible for their own transportation, there are frequent ride-share opportunities.**
A typical daily summer schedule – changes with the length of days and needs of the farm:
06:30 – 08:00 AM Farm Service
08:00 –0 8:30 AM Breakfast 0
8:45 – 11:30 AM Farm Service
12:00 – 12:30 PM Meditation
12:45 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 4:30 PM Farm Service/ Research time
5:00:– 6:30 PM Hatha Yoga/Meditation
6:30 – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM Scripture study/evening program
**New Organic Farming Interns – First time to Yogaville: A completed application and interview is required to enter the program.
† Organic Farming Internship is open to those who have served in at least one of the following:
- as a Living Yoga Trainee (LYT), with the recommendation of the LYT Coordinator
- graduates of an Ashram Integral Yoga Teacher Training.
- Ashram Yogis commited to three (3) consecutive months, with a monthly review,
A commitment to live in harmony with the Yogaville community and to conform to the Integral Yoga Lifestyle Principle is part of the Yogaville Organic Farming Intern Program.
For more information contact Karuna Marcotte with Resident Services
1-434-969-3121 ext. 176