Growth through Community

The Spirit of Karma Yoga

Selfless Giving Is the Art of Living

Being in the Spirit of Karma Yoga in a Beautiful Spiritual Community in the Heart of France

The spirit of Karma Yoga is an opportunity for you to heed the call to deepen your practice of volunteer service. It allows you a full immersion into the Hridaya Community by practicing yoga and meditation with us as well as helping us with our internal operations. In addition to volunteering, Karma Yogis play an integral part in holding a friendly space in the community according to the Hridaya Yoga Vision.

Volunteers help in the spirit of Karma Yoga, the yoga of selfless action. While practicing Karma Yoga, you detach from the fruits of your contribution. You see your help as an offering in service to others and to all of existence. If you’d like further information, you can read a blog post about Karma Yoga and life as a Karma Yogi at Longeval here.

Prerequisite

The practice of Hridaya Meditation and Hatha Yoga is the foundation of our community. As it’s most harmonious to experience the Hridaya teachings prior to committing to volunteer here, you must complete the Hridaya Yoga Retreat: Module 1 Intensive or a 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat before you apply. We offer these courses in Longeval as well as at our center in Mexico.

Note that we occasionally need Karma Yogis or staff members with specific technical skills. In such cases, we may waive this prerequisite.

If you meet the condition above, then we invite you to apply via the “General Application” button below.

We are currently seeking a new Permaculture Coordinator. Please click below for more details and and apply via the button below.

PURPOSE: In this position, you support Hridaya Yoga France’s non-profit mission to share spiritual teachings based on the principles of the Spiritual Heart by directing and organizing the projects that will help fulfill the vision and goal of the Hridaya Yoga Board of Directors of honoring the land (8 ha property of Chateau de Longeval). The property and community have a lot of potential and Hridaya is looking for a mindful and creative coordinator to co-design, plan and execute projects to create an environment in which the community can flourish in the long term.

POSITION SUMMARY: Working with the guidance of a general coordinator, in this position you help in organizing the permaculture team in its daily operations. Further, you make the planning and organization for the team to design and execute projects, while working alongside the team. This requires knowledge of and experience with permaculture, landscaping, and/or organic gardening; and skills in organization and leading a team. Leading in a manner that is coherent with the Hridaya Yoga Attitudes and Community Vision is essential.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinating the permaculture team of 2-5 people in its daily tasks which include:
    • Maintenance and caretaking of the existing gardens of the property
    • Management of the vegetable gardens and other food production systems
    • Management of systems of composting, waste management, water harvesting and storing
  • Planning, making designs for and executing projects to further manifest the Hridaya Yoga France’s vision of the property
  • Assuring communication with other teams (kitchen team, construction team,…) and the general coordination, and sharing permaculture principles with the whole community.  Building a network in the region with farmers, permaculture projects. 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong commitment to Hridaya Yoga’s mission and vision
  • Meditation/yoga practitioner
  • Proficiency in French
  • Ability to make a 6 month commitment to the position (longer commitment is desired)
  • Theoretical knowledge of and practical experience with permaculture. He/she has completed a permaculture design course or studies in the fields of horticulture, ecology, garden design or related. He or she has worked on farms, gardens or projects inspired by or guided by permaculture principles. 
  • Good organizational skills. He/she has the capacity to plan ahead, structure work, set out directions and coordinate actions of a team of 3-5 people. 
  • Good communication skills and the desire to inspire the team and the whole community to co-create a sustainable living environment 
  • A spirit of service, the ability to step up and perform whatever task is necessary for the good of the whole. We ask a minimum commitment of 5-6h of work, 5 days/week.

WHAT DO WE OFFER

  • Being part of a blossoming Sanga (spiritual community). 
  • Free participation in the Yoga modules during your free time.
  • 3 free 10-day Hridaya silent meditation retreats per year.
  • Many inspiring activities offered by the community.
  • Food and accommodation.

A Thriving Community Centered in the Heart

Glimpses of Life in Longeval
  • Group in front of castle of spiritual center in France - Yoga & Meditation in Hridaya France
  • Volunteer doing renovations in a yoga retreat center in france
  • Yogi looking out the windows of Hridaya Yoga France retreat center
  • Bonfire in front of the castle - Hridaya Yoga France meditation retreat center
  • Open-air workshop on yogic breathing technics - Hridaya Yoga France
  • Gardening and permaculture in Hridaya Yoga France retreat center
  • Relaxing in the hammock during Hridaya Yoga meditation retreat
  • Work in a yoga retreat center - Karma yogi having fun in France
  • Cooking delicious vegetarian meals for the yoga retreat - Hridaya Yoga France
  • Hugging from the heart - Discover the Spiritual Community of Hridaya Yoga France
  • Joss teaching art of breathing in Hridaya Yoga France
  • Learning pranayama in the pure air of the forest around the yoga retreat center - Hridaya Yoga France
  • Studying yoga philosophy at Hridaya Yoga France retreat center
  • Walking meditation in the forest surrounding the meditation retreat center - Hridaya Yoga France
  • Dance workshop - Embody your femininity in Hridaya Yoga France
  • Community lunch at Hridaya Yoga retreat center in France
  • Moment de partage après le cours de yoga - Hridaya Yoga France
  • Free hugs - Une communauté spirituelle centrée sur le coeur - Hridaya Yoga France
  • Déjeuner en plein air devant le chateau - Centre de méditation Hridaya Yoga France
  • Atelier sur la respiration et le pranayama au centre de yoga Longeval - Hridaya Yoga France
  • Growing together in a spiritual community - Hridaya Yoga France

We’d love for you to join us!