Volunteer Opportunities – Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the foundation upon which our community is built?

Our teacher, Baba Hari Dass, has been the inspiration for all that has been done at the Centre. Working together selflessly for the interest of the Centre is the basis of all we do and all that has been achieved in the thirty years of the Centre’s existence. When one strives to give up self-interest and works for a worthy cause in harmony with others, cheerfully and wholeheartedly, an atmosphere of peace, love, trust, and support is generated. This environment is the background for all who come, whether they are residents, yoga service & study immersion participants, program guests or day visitors and is the foundation for passing on the teachings of classical ashtanga yoga.

Do I need to bring my car to the island?

You are welcome to bring a car to the Centre, but the great majority of people do not. The Centre is a scenic 40 minute walk from the island’s main town, Ganges. Bicycles are a very useful way of getting around, and we highly recommend that you bring one if possible. Public bus service on the island is limited but hitch-hiking is an easy and very popular option. It is also common to carpool with those who do bring a vehicle for outings such as group hikes. Many people choose to spend much of their time off at the Centre.

Will I have Internet access?

Yes. We presently have high speed internet with two communal desktop computers available for residents to use. Some people choose to bring their own laptops, as wireless internet access is available in all the central areas. As a courtesy to guests and other residents, we ask that laptops not be used in the dining area.

Can I make phone calls and receive messages?

Yes. At the orientation, you will be shown the location of the residents’ telephone. Messages can be left for you at that number. Calls throughout Canada and the US are free to residents; you will need a phone card for other long distance destinations. Cell phone service is unreliable at the Centre.

Where can I receive mail?

Our mailing address is: 355 Blackburn Road, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2B8. Incoming mail will be placed in a box set up for KY participants, while outgoing mail can be left in our main office where stamps are available.

Can you tell me what to expect in regard to the food served at the centre?

Three meals are served daily to the community residents. When there are no programs running, meals are served at 8:45am, 12:30pm, and 6:00pm. During programs, residents eat the same meals as the guests, and meal times may be adjusted to suit program needs.

The diet is lacto-vegetarian and does not include meat of any kind, fish or eggs. As practicing yogis, we do not cook or serve onions and garlic as they can over-stimulate the mind. While gluten-free and dairy-free options are available at all meals, those with serious food allergies should consult our kitchen manager before committing to the YSSI program. Where possible, as much produce comes from our own organic farm. The Centre is well-known for the quality, nutrition, and taste of its cuisine, and residents are highly appreciative of the Centre meals.

What should I bring?

Bring appropriate clothes for indoor and outdoor work as well as yoga asana and mediation classes. Other items to bring include toiletries, alarm clock, rain gear, sun hat and sunscreen, a flashlight or headlamp and warm clothing (even in the summer as evenings can be colder). Indoor shoes are recommended and may be required depending on your work department. Residents find that slip-on outdoor shoes are convenient as outdoor shoes are not permitted indoors.

Many also wish to bring the following: swimsuit, journal, book(s) to read, water bottle, travel mug and yoga mat/props. If you are bringing a bicycle (which is recommended where possible), please also bring a bike lock and helmet.

Bedding and towels are supplied and laundry facilities are provided. Please do not bring the following: non-prescription drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, pets, or non-vegetarian food (no meat, fish or eggs). Use of open flames at the Centre is restricted to ceremonies and cooking so please do not bring candles, incense etc.

Are there other guidelines I should know about?

Please read our Centre Guidelines for more information about what to expect at the Centre.

How do I get to the Centre?

We have posted directions on our Getting Here page.

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