Residential Service Program

Experience living in a vibrant spiritual community while deepening your connection to an authentic living tradition of yoga.

  • DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE
  • SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
  • LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFE
Residential Program

About the Residential Program

For those who wish to join us for a year immersed in learning, serving, and living in a vibrant spiritual community on our Himalayan Institute main campus near Honesdale, Pennsylvania, we welcome you to apply to the Residential Program.

In this Program, spiritual seekers, yogis, and meditators can find a more profound relationship with their practice, their own inner nature, as well as the abundant natural world, and the Himalayan Institute tradition. The Residential Program provides you with rich educational offerings, as well as time for personal practice, quiet contemplation, service opportunities, and the natural beauty of our campus with 400 acres of secluded, gently rolling meadows and wooded countryside to explore.

A Healthier Life Awaits You.

If you’re feeling called to expand your spiritual practice in a supportive environment of like-minded people, it’s time to join our community.

Join Our Community

Our residential community, with its talented, spiritually inclined seekers of all ages and backgrounds, is one of the unique features of the Himalayan Institute. The collective spirit of kind-heartedness and selflessness makes the institute vibrate with an energy that is incredibly peaceful and alive, and creates an ideal environment for self-study and self-transformation.

David

“There is a powerful aura of happiness here that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. I wanted to know what it was like to experience this level of contentment and well-being by participating in the residential program at the Institute. It’s very rare to find this level of community support, kindness, and inspiration anywhere else.”

David Leija
Former Resident and Kitchen Cook

Meta Loleta

“When I joined the HI Residential community, I was seeking an intimate understanding of myself and a way to balance my lifestyle. Personal growth, self-exploration, and learning the art of meditation in a like-minded community was my goal. Living and serving in community, while meeting seekers from all over the world, continues to be very appealing to me.”

Meta Lolotea
Current Resident, Food Services

How it Works

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Find the right fit

Find a residential program that meets your needs. Match your experience and skillset to one of our full-time Residential opportunities. Check back often as our Residential openings are updated regularly.

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Apply

Fill out a secure, online application to apply to our Residential program.

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Live your authentic life

Many see residence at the Himalayan Institute as an opportunity to bolster their personal mission with a solid foundation of responsibility and an attitude of humanitarian service. Join us in serving the Himalayan Tradition!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Himalayan Institute Residential Program welcomes dedicated and motivated students of yoga and meditation who are excited and passionate about learning, growing, and selfless service. Many see residence at the Himalayan Institute as an opportunity to explore and hone their personal goals while also growing and sharing their skills in roles that serve others, and the wider mission of the Institute’s service to humanity. Program participants embrace flexibility, good humor, and a true appreciation for community living, as well as a high degree of personal responsibility.

  • Live and serve in a community of like-minded people dedicated to serving others with a minimum commitment of one year.
  • The Program includes a private room on the gender-specific Resident’s Wing with a shared bathroom down the hall.
  • Three freshly cooked vegetarian meals daily.
  • Access to yoga seminars and yoga classes open to Residents,* and many other opportunities to study with exceptionally experienced teachers.
  • Participate in the Yogi Living® Residential Immersion program. Read more.
  • Complimentary access to the Himalayan Institute’s Online Wisdom Library.
  • Training and support for developing skills and using yogic principles in your service role.
  • Enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the Pocono Mountains.

*as your work schedule allows

Our full-time Residential Program offers individuals the chance to bring a passion for yoga, meditation, and wellness to the world. If you’re excited about joining a dynamic, mission-driven team, then one of our residential opportunities could be for you! Visit our current openings, find a role that best fits your skills and experience and apply today. A minimum one-year commitment is required for our Residential Program.

Daily life in the Himalayan Institute community offers many opportunities for learning, service and fellowship. A typical morning might include group meditation and a yoga class, followed by breakfast with fellow residents. Depending on the schedule of your specific service role, you might begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m., with an hour midday for a nourishing lunch. You might end your service day with a yoga class or a nature hike and a delicious dinner. In the evenings and during personal time, you can enjoy your practice, immerse yourself in nature, join in lively discussions, or maybe sit by a community bonfire. Evenings might also include classes, satsanga and discussions with senior teachers.

In addition to lectures and satsangs, residents often participate in spontaneous gatherings for frisbee or board games, watch movies in the Residents’ Lounge, and sing songs around the campfire at Sunset Pond. Depending on your service schedule, residents are welcome to attend one of the Institute’s weekend Mission Programs on yoga practice, meditation, yoga philosophy, or wellness.

Our residential community, with its talented, spiritually inclined seekers of all ages and backgrounds, is one of the unique features of the Himalayan Institute. The collective spirit of kind-heartedness and selflessness fills the Institute with an energy that is incredibly peaceful and alive, and creates an ideal environment for self-study and self-transformation.

The Residential Program tuition fee is $500 per month. Financial assistance is available for qualified candidates. Depending on need, the assistance may include a tuition reduction or waiver, or monthly aid for personal needs, that make it possible to participate in the Program.

We do ask for a minimum commitment of one year to participate in the Residential Program. The first month is always a getting-to-know-you period on both sides. If we find we have a good fit, participants may continue for the additional 11 months, provided all continues to go well. Participants may discuss interest in extending their Residential stay beyond one year with the Residential Program Director.

The Yogi Living® Residential Immersion is a four-week program sharing essential teachings of the Himalayan Tradition. Designed specifically for participants of the Himalayan Institute’s Residential and Seva programs, this immersion will create a solid foundation for your residential experience at the Himalayan Institute, offering a clear road map to optimize your study, practice, and community living. This program includes weekly in-person study and practice sessions organized around the three educational pillars of the Yogi Living® curriculum: yoga practice, yoga wisdom, and yoga lifestyle. These weekly sessions are supplemented with references to valuable online content on the Himalayan Institute’s Wisdom Library as well as study questions to help you contemplate and integrate the Yogi Living practices and lessons into your daily life.

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Yogi Living® Residential Immersion Program

The Yogi Living® Residential Immersion is a four-week program sharing essential teachings of the Himalayan Tradition. Designed specifically for participants of the Himalayan Institute’s Residential and Seva programs, this immersion will create a solid foundation for your residential experience at the Himalayan Institute, offering a clear road map to optimize your study, practice, and community living.

This program includes weekly in-person study and practice sessions organized around the three educational pillars of the Yogi Living® curriculum: yoga practice, yoga wisdom, and yoga lifestyle. These weekly sessions are supplemented with references to valuable online content on the Himalayan Institute’s Wisdom Library as well as study questions to help you contemplate and integrate the Yogi Living practices and lessons into your daily life.

Yogi Living Residential Program

We’re Passionate About Yoga

Share our passion for authentically representing the ancient science of yoga in the modern world. Experience living in a vibrant spiritual community while deepening your connection to an authentic living tradition. Don’t miss the opportunity to live an authentic life.

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Find a residential program that meets your needs. Match your experience and skillset to one of our full-time Residential opportunities. Check back often as our Residential openings are updated regularly.

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