The Devi Ashram is a new International Vaishnavi Training and Retreat Centre in Brazil that will offer ladies of all ages an opportunity to come and learn or teach all aspects of a Krishna conscious lifestyle, or just relax and read/study Srila Prabhupada’s books in a good devotional atmosphere. The resident students at the ashram will receive training in the philosophy of the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, and learn to cook, give classes, worship deities, preach, play our traditional instruments, lead kirtans, even grow their own vegetables, and more. Those who come for reading retreats will be free to participate in all student activities or simply relax and study Prabhupada’s books. All the ladies at the Devi Ashram will also be able to take advantage of our nature trails, fresh water pools and waterfalls.
We are an ISKCON project located in the beautiful natural surroundings of Pandavas Paradise (Paraíso dos Pândavas) at Chapada dos Veadeiros, a famous eco-tourism and spiritual-tourism destination about two hours from Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. The temperatures are warm all year round, the air is clean, and the water at our natural pools and waterfalls is crystal clear. We have various nature trails for taking walks in the most bio-diverse savanna on the planet, and many types of fruits and vegetables are growing in our organic garden.
Ashram leader wanted
We are looking for a female ashram leader to begin in December 2009 or January 2010. This is a temporary position for 6 months only.
The main duties of the ashram leader will be to:
- oversee the daily activities of the other ashram members, students and guests
- provide some spiritual guidance to those under her care
- give classes on Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam
- teach some basic practical aspects of Krishna conscious life
- ensure that all the ashram members are following the rules of the ashram
- participate and assist in our regular spiritual retreats
The ideal candidate will be initiated, have some ashram experience, be well-read in Srila Prabhupada’s books, and be able to work with ladies of all ages from all backgrounds and at all levels of experience in Krishna consciousness. Being able to speak either Spanish or Portuguese as well as English is very important for this role.
In return for her service, the ashram leader will receive healthy prasada, comfortable single room accommodation and basic maintenance during her stay with us. We will also pay in full for her round trip to Brasilia provided she stays for a whole six months. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to perform some pioneering preaching service in a unique and exciting new project.
Openings for ashram residents and students
We are also open for applications from potential ashram residents and students for stays of up to 6 months beginning January 2010 or later. The main qualifications for acceptance are
- a serious commitment to the process of Krishna consciousness
- a desire to serve Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON
The main duties of ashram residents and students are to:
- participate in the ashram’s training activities and temple programs
- follow the rules of the ashram and the ashram leader
- participate and assist in retreats at Pandavas Paradise
- study Prabhupada’s books independently for at least 1.5 hours every day
Ashram residents will be expected to pay a minimal monthly fee in return for the training, accommodation and prasada that they receive. Some yoga classes will also be provided.
We are able to cater to individual requirements in terms of study, service, diet, sleeping arrangements etc. – your stay with us will be highly personalized.
Anyone interested in visiting the Devi Ashram for a short-term spiritual retreat, study break or to teach a course is also welcome to contact us for further information.
To apply or for further information on any of the above, please contact us through Carana Renu Dasi: firstname.lastname@example.org.