Volunteer at Shoshoni
Delve deeply into a spiritual practice with full immersion in the yogic lifestyle
Work Study: Work full time, 6 days per week. Minimum three month commitment. There is no charge for this program.
If you are looking to commit yourself more deeply to your spiritual growth and in service to others, you may be interested in our Brahmacharya program.
Seva, or karma yoga, is a core practice in the ShambhavAnanda Yoga tradition. This selfless service is yoga-in-action as you work to be present with a particular task at hand. It is a priceless skill for a fulfilling life, because it teaches practitioners how to work with a sense of open-heartedness and shared purpose in support of community.
Throughout the day, ashram residents participate in different seva projects designed to maintain the ashram facility and offer a welcoming and nourishing environment for our guests. During work time, residents are encouraged to practice japa, or mantra repetition, to develop a conscious awareness and presence of mind. Seva projects include dishwashing, cleaning, gardening, chopping wood, grounds maintenance, or construction.
The Shoshoni Gardens are another of the main seva areas. While most Work Study participants will not spend the bulk of their time in the gardens, almost everyone gets a chance to help out once in a while.
Our living teacher, His Holiness Rishi Maha Mandaleshwar Sri Shambhavananda, is a master of meditation in the ShambhavAnanda Yoga tradition.
Participants in our volunteer programs are exposed to the myriad teachings of ShambhavAnanda Yoga through meditation and yoga classes, satsung (questions and answers with a senior teacher of the tradition), and a weekly Work Study class.
We encourage Work Study volunteers to come with an open mind and a willingness to learn and contribute to our community.
A Seat by the Fire, Spontaneous Recognition, or Spiritual Practice by Sri Shambhavananda
Rudi and the Green Apple by Faith Stone
Sacred Journey by Swami Kripananda
Yoga in the Shambhava Tradition by Swami Omkari Devananda
in a community of other resident yogis, working and playing alongside dedicated practitioners. Participants work six days per week, with one assigned day off each week. Accommodations are dorm-style. In your off-time, explore the mountain town of Nederland. Hike the majestic Rockies in nearby James Peak or Indian Peaks Wilderness. Or stay on property, enjoying the amenities of the ashram.
“When you serve something greater than your own needs, you find tremendous joy. People who have given themselves to something greater than themselves always radiate with this happiness.”
The Work Study program requires full participation in the daily schedule. On your scheduled day off each week, you are still required to attend 5:30-7:00am meditation, but have the remainder of the day off.
5:30am Guru Gita chant and meditation
5:30-6:15pm Seva – dinner cleanup
6:30-7:30pm Evening Meditation
What We Provide
The Work Study program includes:
- Housing – dorm-style staff accommodations or camping
- Three vegetarian meals per day
- Weekly Work Study class, specific to Work Study participants
- Weekly satsung (questions and answers with a senior teacher)
- Weekly philosophy
- Weekly hatha yoga
For me, Shoshoni is a special place not only to learn all aspects of yoga, but to grow as a human being. The food is wonderful, and the friendly staff are dedicated to maintaining the quiet and vibrant environment there. It’s a perfect place to practice yoga and meditation, to enjoy tea in the lodge while looking out over the mountains, and to just be yourself.