Yoga Service and Community

For those passionate about living, learning, and serving in community...

The YSC program offers a truly unique, experiential opportunity for healthy transformation. Immerse yourself in a weekly schedule dedicated to your own growth, while being part of a bigger movement supporting holistic education and spiritual discipline.

Classes are focused on philosophy and practice, living a meaningful life, and mind-body awareness through yoga and healthy living. There is also free time for rest, study and recreation, and time to explore the nearby communities and natural beauty of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Big Sur.

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Program Highlights

  • Single accommodation with shared bath
  • Small cohort size (9-15 people)
  • Vegetarian meals shared communally
  • Daily classes in yoga practice and philosophy
  • Weekly themed discussions and reflection circles
  • Vital residential community
  • Healthy living in the hills above Santa Cruz
  • Participation in community events, activities, retreats and celebrations
Program Dates
  • Mar 10 - May 31, 2020 FULL
  • Jun 9 - Aug 30, 2020 *

* Now accepting applications

"Community living has instilled and facilitated a new, profound essence in me. I feel grateful for the experiences I got through work, music, rituals, discussion, and the land." ~Sarah C.

Experiential service learning as a path to peace

The YSC program is made up of two 3-month sessions, YSC1 and YSC2. Curriculum draws upon the collective wisdom of community members, many of whom have decades of experience practicing and teaching yoga, and community living. The program is ever-evolving as a living piece of the Center, and is the main gateway of entry for those interested in committing themselves to a longer stay.

More than just a work study program, YSC provides the opportunity to truly experience a yogic lifestyle and pursue personal growth in a beautiful, living community. With a supportive cohort, you develop flexibility, responsiveness, adaptability to new situations, communication skills, and form lasting meaningful relationships.

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Applications are accepted on rolling basis. However, space is always limited as a small cohort is selected each session.

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Partial financial support is sometimes available for service in certain skilled areas.

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