Join Our Community

We have work-study and residential opportunities available for those who share our passion for authentically representing the ancient science of yoga in the modern world. Expand your spiritual practices in an environment of like-minded individuals.

Joining this spiritually charged community opens the door to many unique opportunities.

Attend yoga classes and workshops with our in-residence faculty, deepen your spiritual practice through meditation in the Sri Vidya Shrine, and reconnect with nature by exploring one of the groomed hiking trails threaded through our 400-acre wooded campus.

SEVA Work-Study Program

Seva, a Sanskrit word that means “selfless service,” refers to actions performed with a sense of gratitude, compassion, respect for others, and a heartfelt desire to benefit humanity. The Himalayan Institute relies on the spirit of seva to enhance its day-to-day operations and to nurture and support the growth of its mission to help and serve others.

The SEVA Work Study Program offers a unique opportunity to experience a taste of community living while offering your time and efforts toward both the Himalayan Institute and your personal spiritual journey. Join our residential community with a one-to nine-month commitment to live and serve with like-minded people and be a part of something greater than yourself.

SEVA Program participants are also eligible to transfer to our Residential Program. 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. Those SEVA participants that find such motivation in self-study, along with a true appreciation for community living, often choose to stay for a year or longer.

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Residential Staff Opportunities

Are You:

  • Enthusiastic about yoga and/or wellness?
  • Someone who loves to learn?
  • Excited about joining a dynamic, mission-driven team?

If so, one of these opportunities could be for you!

Living and Working at the Himalayan Institute

“We have mutual respect for each other because we feel like we’re here for the same things. Like any authentic family environment, creating community is about expressing who you are and giving other people the time and space to do the same.”
—Aaron Luburich, former Resident and Director of Creative Services & Marketing

Daily life in the Himalayan Institute community offers many opportunities for service, learning, and fellowship. A typical morning might include group meditation and a yoga class, followed by breakfast with fellow residents. Depending on the schedule requirements of your specific role, the work week is Monday–Friday from 8:30a.m.–5:30p.m. In the evenings and during other non-work hours, there is plenty of time to attend to your personal practice, such as asking questions of senior spiritual teachers during satsang and participating in lectures and group discussions.

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. On the weekends, residents are welcome to attend one of the Institute’s Mission Programs on yoga practice, meditation, yoga philosophy, or wellness.

About the Himalayan Institute


Our headquarters, located in the rolling mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, is a premier center for yoga and holistic living. The Institute and its multi-varied activities and programs exemplify the spiritual heritage of mankind that unites East and West, science and spirituality, and ancient wisdom and modern technology.

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Meet the Community

Meet Meta, Darlin, Kelham, and Bill, a few members of our vibrant residential 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.

Want to meet the rest of the community? Check out the Community Spotlight.