“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.”
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.