Join us this summer for a full and deep exploration of spiritual practice (Sadhana), community, and service. Serve heartfully as you offer your skills and gain experience in a number of areas including the garden, administration, YogaFest coordination, grounds and facility upkeep, day-to-day operations, and more. Deepen your spiritual practice through daily meditation, spiritual study, self-inquiry, integration of spiritual principles into daily activity, and community support and sharing. Explore the ancient and sacred path of Yoga and Self-Realization through the universal teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.
Paramahansa Yogananda said, “Self-realization is not something one can learn from books; it comes only through personal experience.” An integral intention of this program is that these practices and principles be offered so that each individual might deepen their own understanding and relationship with truth; so that regardless of the belief system or background of each individual, the exploration of these teachings deepens divine growth, connection, and understanding. Together, we will explore and integrate a balanced yogic lifestyle, one supporting deep well-being on all levels.
The Summer Sadhana Program will support you in:
Developing or deepening your spiritual practice or personal Sadhana
Gaining a broad, foundational understanding of yoga as a tradition through the comprehensive teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda
Gaining experience being part of the operation of a spiritual retreat center
Gaining practical and relational skills as part of an integrated spiritual community
Finding deep purpose in work by integrating spiritual principles into daily activity
In exchange for approximately 35 hours of work per week you will receive:
Weekly Sadhana programming, including:
Meditation, pranayama, movement, chant, study, community sharing and support, community activities, and study and integration of yogic “how-to-live” principles
A simple private room with a single bed and vanity (includes sink, counter, and storage space)
High quality, delicious vegetarian meals
Use of retreat facilities, utilities, and internet
Access to 800 acres of stunning Northern Michigan forest
Sample Day Schedule for Summer Internship & Sadhana Program:
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Morning Sadhana
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 - 10:55 a.m. Morning Meeting
11:00 - 12:55 p.m Work Period
1:00 - 1:55 p.m. Lunch and Personal Time
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Work Period
5:00 - 5:55 p.m. Dinner
6:00 - 6:25 p.m. Dinner Clean-Up
6:30 - 7:55 p.m. Personal Time
8:00 - 9:30 p.m Evening Sadhana
9:30 - 10:30 pm. Personal Time
10:30 - Silence and Rest
Our gardening internship is for those who want to get their hands dirty by playing a key part in establishing and maintaining our organic Summer garden. In the Summer months, our garden produces food for our vegetarian kitchen, as well as for our bustling, high-energy YogaFest in July. All interns, though, may be asked to perform any number of various tasks according to the moment to moment needs of the retreat center.
Our Retreat Operations Internship in a good fit for anyone who is interested in learning the ins and outs of running a non-profit retreat center. Interns develop skills in leadership, creativity, hospitality, teamwork, and hone in on their ability to be constantly flexible and prioritize the needs of the moment.
Our Yoga Festival Coordinator Intern plays an integral part in assisting Brian Clark, our staff YogaFest coordinator. This opportunity is perfect for those who are looking to hone skills in event planning, marketing, creativity, leadership, flexibility, teamwork, professional correspondence, and gain experience in working with a wide array of practitioners in the fields of holistic health, yoga, and spirituality.
You may be an excellent fit for this program if you have:
Interest in exploring all aspects of yoga
Desire to serve and be a part of a community
The quality of being flexible and functioning well as part of a team
The easeful ability to work at least 35 hours a week
Availability to commit to a three month span of time between May 15 and September 15.
We are looking forward to the possibility of sharing a deeply expansive summer with you. If you are interested in being a part of our 2019 Summer Internship & Sadhana Program, please apply below.