- Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
- 14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA, 95949, USA
Seva Study is a residential program in which spiritual volunteers become fully immersed in the ashram for a minimum of one month. The idea of selfless service (seva) is an important concept in most Indian religions and yogic traditions. Because God is perceived as having an inner relationship with others, as well as oneself, serving other people is considered an essential devotional practice of serving God. Therefore, this residential program is designed following that spiritual formula. It will help you to practice selfless service in action and spirit in daily life. You are required to live in our ashram during the program period, take meals onsite and participate in all programs and classes.
During a time of transition and economic uncertainty, the Seva Study program offers individuals in transition an affordable opportunity to re-evaluate their lives while living and serving in a peaceful spiritual community.
Making a Commitment
Seva residents are accepted year-round and commit on a per-month basis, from a minimum of one month to three months. Submission of a written application and interview are required before commencement of your Seva Study program.
NOTE: A Call to Builders, Gardeners and Maintenance People- the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm seeks people interested in yoga who have practical skills in construction, general maintenance, gardening and landscaping for the ashram’s upkeep.
The Seva Study program is a structured program designed for those wishing to immerse themselves in the principles of yoga. Experience the Yogic lifestyle through a daily schedule of meditation, physical exercise, devotional practices, philosophical study and selfless service.
The daily schedule includes an asana class, 4 – 6 hours of cooperative service as well as 2 to 4 workshops weekly and independent study and reading assignments. The Seva Study program starts on 1st or 15th of each month; exceptions may be made on a request and approval basis.
Seva Study Rates
– $900/month for dorm residency, first month
– $700/month for tent residency, first month
For subsequent months of Seva Study, a 25% discount off the regular accommodation rate is given. We encourage people to commit longer term (3-6 months), however an initial one-month trial period is necessary. After a Seva Study student successfully completes his or her first month, a 25% discount applies to the subsequent months.
For tax purposes, according to our legal advisor, your stay is not taxable according to IRS because of the schedule requirement: daily schedule of the ashram starting at 6am meditation and ending at 10pm meditation as well as because accommodations in the vicinity of the ashram are not possible. (The ashram is in a secluded valley, away from town.) Kindly consult your own tax advisor at your own discretion.
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Contribute to Building Projects
Come together to work on ever-developing building projects. See your effort manifested every time you visit the ashram as a new facility or expanded garden. Contact us to find out what projects are currently under way.
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The core of the ashram’s teachings is carried through the senior Swamis (monastics) and resident Yogis and teachers as well as a host of invited teachers, performers and lecturers. The resident teachers and swamis lead an integral yogic and dedicated life—full time without remuneration—with the sole goal to improve themselves by the practice of Yoga and to share the teachings with others. Invited teachers come for specific programs to share their teachings.
Those who wish to become staff must first have successfully completed TTC (Yoga Teachers’ Training Course) and spent time at the ashram as a Seva Study resident. Permission to be staff is at the discretion of the ashram director. A minimum committment of three months is required; committments of six months or a year are also possible. You may apply to become staff by filling out the application form. See this page for the main staff bios and photos of group staff pictures.
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My Experience: I loved TTC. Every part of it. Really. I was always marveling at how seamless and spacious it all felt even in the midst of a tighter schedule. And then I remembered where the teachings came from. The staff at the ashram were all so supportive and kind. The teachers amazing and just breathed what they taught/teach. I felt nourished physically, mentally and spiritually from arrival through departure and it stays with me. I think some of the effect on me is trust. Deeper faith and trust in God which I practice through Sivananda yoga. I feel more relaxed, peaceful and often able to stay in the moment. TTC did change my life on many levels. An obvious change has been that I have let go of teaching Vinyasa and other asana practices and focused on teaching Sivananda. I had been worried if people would appreciate it here in Fairfield county but they do and who was I to doubt. And I don’t have to come up with sequences and playlists so I can spend more time sitting, breathing etc. My Advice to future students: Take it easy and breathe, do your homework, pay attention in lectures etc, trust the teachers when they say it’s all ok. Remember this is your guide, your friend and don’t take any one thing too seriously. Dance with it all and laugh. Enjoy it it passes way too soon.
Venue HighlightsOpen to guests year round, the Yoga Farm welcomes people from around the world and provides a peaceful setting in which to find a way back to a holistic lifestyle in harmony with nature. Additionally, our guests testify to the effect of a sense of stress relief and moreover they feel an improved physical, emotional, and spiritual health. You can join for a day, a week, or longer.
06:00am Satsang (Meditation, Chanting, Lecture, or Silent Walk)
08:00am Asanas and Pranayama (All-Lervels Yoga Class)
10:00am Organic Vegetarian Brunch
11:00am Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)
04:00pm Asanas and Pranayama (All-Lervels Yoga Class)
06:00pm Organic Vegetarian Dinner
08:00pm Satsang (Meditation, Kirtan chanting and Lecture)
To keep up the spiritual atmosphere of the Ashram, the participation in the morning and evening meditation and one Asana class daily are mandatory. Programs are subject to change or cancellation.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineEating a plant-based diet has been conclusively shown to be good for health and well-being. Furthermore, it is detoxifying and nutritive at the same time. In addition, the meals are freshly prepared with love and care by dedicated karma yogis. Also, the ashram uses mostly organic, locally produced fruits and vegetables.
The buffet meals offered are lacto-vegetarian. We also have a permaculture vegetable garden and grow some of our own food and flowers.
Please note that meat, fish, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, black tea, and eggs are not served in the ashram.
The meals are offered at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm with a small fruit snack served in the afternoon. Additional snacks are available in the boutique if needed.
In case you have any special dietary restrictions please mention so on your application form and we will do our best to accommodate you.
AccommodationsThe Yoga Farm accommodations are separate cabins that are nestled under trees with beautiful surroundings. If you would like to register, please click on the links below and it will bring you to the Yoga Vaction registration page for the accommodations of your choice. The rates below include daily Satsangs, organic vegetarian meals, Hatha Yoga classes and access to ashram facilities. Learn more by checking out our Guest Information page. Special courses and events have an additional tuition rate. You can check our Program Calendar for a full listing of events. We also welcome day guests, but please let us know ahead that you are coming. There is a holiday surcharge during Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.
Deluxe Shanti Cabins
These extremely comfortable and spacious cabins are tastefully furnished and decorated. Watch the deer wander by from the front porch with sun shade. For your comfort, an air conditioner, propane heater and ceiling fan are provided; furnishings include a desk/table and chairs, dresser/wardrobe and a sitting area. A small refrigerator, dishes and cutlery are provided.
Our original Om Cabins are placed in a peaceful and tranquil setting, on a gentle hillside overlooking the pond and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ashram. Each cabin is named for a different virtue, such as happiness or contentment. Each cabin is furnished with a dresser, desk, night stand, ceiling fan and propane heater.
Guests may bring their own tent or rent out an ashram tent and camp on the land. Sleep closer to nature in the fresh, open air. There are deck platforms designated for tenting.
DirectionsThe Ashram is situated near highway 49 between Auburn and Grass Valley, just one hour from Sacramento and three hours (without traffic) from San Francisco and is easily accessible by car or by Amtrak (train and bus).
By Air to San Francisco:
Public Transport – Take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from SFO to Richmond station. BART is at SFO, is marked well, but you can also ask at information and they will easily guide you. Trains run every ten or fifteen minutes or so depending upon the time. This is about $7, purchase a ticket at the station. In Richmond exchange to Amtrak for ongoing travel to Auburn station. They are both in the same station, BART is upstairs and Amtrak down. Go to Amtrak.com to book, there you will see service that is mostly connecting. Part of your travel to Auburn will be train, some bus. Give yourself at least 60-90 minutes between arrival at SFO and departure from Richmond. Please contact us to tell us your planned arrival time at Auburn, we will add you to our pickup list. If you are delayed on your day of travel, Amtrak will honor your ticket for the next train. Please call us to advise and we will adjust accordingly.
By Air to Sacramento airport:
Public Transit – We recommend that you take Amtrak.com train or bus service from Sacramento to Auburn station and we will have one of our staff pick you up in Auburn to transport you to the Yoga Farm. From Sacramento Airport you may take either YOLO bus (approximate cost $2.25 but will require a walk of 6-7 blocks) or Supershuttle (approximate cost $15 direct) to the Amtrak station in Sacramento and transfer there (Amtrak fare is ~$16 each way). Please stop at the information booth at the Sacramento airport after arrival to inquire the options for this leg of your travel. PLEASE NOTE that Amtrak offers bus service from Sacramento to Auburn. Although the schedule is shown on the Amtrak website it is not possible to purchase tickets online for bus travel. For this you will need to arrive at the Sacramento Amtrak station with a few minutes early and purchase the ticket there. Please contact us at least one day ahead of your travel and advise your plans so that we may arrange to meet you when you arrive in Auburn. Supershuttle – is also available if you would like a direct ride to the ashram or to Auburn.
From I-80 exit in Auburn and onto Hwy. 49 North towards Grass Valley. Go 11 miles to Wolf Road (traffic signal light) and turn Left. (note that right side of the intersection is Combie Rd.) Go 1.8 miles and turn right onto Duggans Rd. Go 2 miles to the end of the road and turn left on Lime Kiln Rd. Go 2.4 miles – (the road becomes McCourtney Rd.) (continue straight). Continue 1.2 miles and turn left on Ballantree Lane. (You will note an Adopt-a-Highway sign 1 mile ahead of the turn that the “Yoga Farm removes litter”) Go 0.9 miles to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm driveway and turn left (It is marked by a big sign.) Please drive 10 MPH ONLY on Ballantree Lane.