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Support Staff Program

Experience the yogic lifestyle in the peaceful environment of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville

Support Staff program allows you to serve at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville on a short-term basis while participating in sadhana (spiritual practice).  Program participants usually serve at the kitchen, housekeeping, farm, and landscaping.  Volunteers are staying in the dorm (shared rooms) or camping at a tent site (March through November). Support Staff is open to those who have successfully completed at least one month of the Living Yoga Training (LYT) Program, and to graduates of the Integral Yoga Teacher Training at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville. 

Sadhana Requirements

Support Staff Program offers a full immersion into the yogic lifestyle through study and practice of the essential Yoga approaches—Karma Yoga (selfless service); Bhakti Yoga (devotion); Hatha Yoga (asana and pranayama); Raja Yoga (concentration and meditation); Jnana Yoga (self-analysis)—and are expected to fulfill the following requirements:

  • 10 Meditations – five 5 am or 6:20 am sessions, and five 12 pm or 6 pm sessions
  • 5 Hatha Classes – minimum of 2 group Integral Yoga classes, other three you may practice on your own
  • 1 Scripture Class per week
  • Support Staff Meeting/Sharing
  • Saturday 7:30 pm Satsang
  • Karma Yoga shifts according to the schedule

Questions?

Email
[email protected]

Call
434-969-3121, ext 176 or 178

Service/Financial Arrangements

21 hours of service/week 27 hours of service/week 33 hours of service/week
1 week 250 175 free
2 weeks 375 275 free
3 weeks 500 375 free
4 weeks 600 450 free
5 weeks 700 525 free
6 weeks 800 600 free

Sample Schedule

(may vary depending on Ashram activities)

5:00 – 6:15 AM Meditation (also at 6:20-7:30)
6:20 – 7:50 AM Hatha Yoga class
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 – 11:45 AM Morning service shift or free time
12:00 – 12:30 PM Silent Meditation
12:45 – 1:30 PM Lunch
2 – 5:45 PM Afternoon service shift or free time
5:00 – 6:30 PM Hatha Yoga/Meditation
6:30 – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM Evening service shift/class/free time

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