Living Ayurveda Internship
The Living Ayurveda Internship (LAI) is an immersive program committed to inspiring the holistic stewardship of both our health and the environment through nature-based farming and Ayurveda training. LAI is an Ayurvedic and organic farming internship where interns explore key concepts of Ayurveda while gaining hands-on experience with medicinal herb and vegetable cultivation.
LAI is a 10-week intensive program at our Banyan Botanicals Farm in Williams, Oregon, blending together Ayurveda and herbalism in a field-based setting. Our interns walk away from LAI with a better understanding of Ayurveda, a deeper relationship with nature and their own personal health, and the skills to practice bioregional Ayurveda in their own home environments.
This program is rigorous: interns need to be prepared physically and mentally to immerse themselves in the program and in community, working, learning, and living alongside other like-minded individuals.
Program Sessions and Dates
We offer two 10-week internships per year.
May 3rd–July 7th
July 19th–September 24th
Read our Health Safety Policy to learn how we're staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tending the Farm
Interns spend Monday through Thursday working alongside our farm team, at an average of 25 hours each week. There is occasional Saturday work at local farmers’ markets. Each day is dynamic, with many opportunities to learn.
While incredibly rewarding, this work is demanding. Interns must be in good physical condition and prepared to work in all weather conditions, rain or shine.
Farm tasks include: seeding, weeding, harvesting, compost making, washing plant material, working at farmers’ markets, CSA gathering, apothecary and dry room maintenance, and general grounds keeping.
In the Classroom
Classes are offered on weekday evenings and weekends throughout the internship, averaging 6–12 hours of learning time each week.
Offerings include: basic Ayurveda training that covers Ayurvedic philosophy and practice, herbal medicine making, Vedic astrology, cultivation of Ayurvedic medicinals, plant meditations, nutrition and cooking, pharmacology, practitioner skills, body systems, panchakarma training, agnihotra, plant botany, wildcrafting, and much more. Take a look at our sample calendar.
“This internship is life changing. It’s something one needs to experience to understand, and everyone will walk (skip, dance, frolic) away with something really special that colors and informs the rest of their existence. If I could do it all over again, and again, I would in a heartbeat. Everyone who feels called to the LAI program will need to know that it’s not easy. You’ll be called to step up and be your best self in every situation and interaction.”
LAI teachers include Ayurvedic practitioners, farmers, herbalists, astrologers, yoga teachers, and regional experts. Collectively, they weave their passions and skills into this comprehensive offering.
Meet the Faculty
Dormitory-style housing is provided in a large environmentally-friendly straw-bale home located on the Banyan Farm. A monthly fee of $125 goes toward a communal food fund. Interns are responsible for their own transportation. We strongly recommend interns have health insurance or set aside an emergency medical fund for the duration of the program.
How to Apply
To apply, please fill out the LAI application and submit to email@example.com.
“LAI could be one the most impactful experiences of your life. With the way that Ayurveda, herbalism, farming, and community are so intentionally woven together, this program provides such a beautiful and strong foundations for carrying forth and sharing the ideals of whole-istic well-being. I have been blessed by this program and I'm so excited to see where this newly attained knowledge will take me!”
Applications for both sessions are due October 31, 2020. We highly suggest applying early!
About the Banyan Farm
The Banyan Farm is a 20-acre certified organic farm in Williams, Oregon. We practice sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices and support overall biodiversity. All vegetables and herbs grown on our farm are ethically grown, harvested, and filled with the vitality of the land and the people who nurture them.
Learn more about the farm, including the history, the region, and all that we offer at our Banyan Farm.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is this internship designed for?
- What qualifications do I need?
- Why is the program 10 weeks?
- What can I expect living communally for 10 weeks?
- How are you keeping interns safe during COVID-19?
- Can I attend both sessions in a year?
- What is the difference between the two sessions?
- Can I have other commitments during this internship?
- Are there volunteer or job opportunities on the Banyan Farm after I complete the internship?
- Do I need a vehicle?
- What internet or phone access will I have while at the farm?
This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in an immersive program and want to connect with nature as they experience organic farming, learn Ayurveda, receive some herbalist training, build their yoga practice with a focus on Ayurveda yoga, learn wildcrafting, and much more.
Because of the intensity of this program, you need to be mentally and physically fit and ready for rigorous immersion on the farm, in the class, and in communal housing.
In addition, we look for individuals who are sincerely interested in and enthusiastic about Ayurveda and herbs, and have some experience in working outdoors.
This length of time allows interns to experience a full immersion, learn a substantial amount of information, and endure the intensity of the program. It also allows those outside the US to participate under a tourist visa.
Dormitory-style living arrangements are provided for all interns in a beautiful eco-friendly home located on the Banyan Farm. While not all meals will be shared communally, most dinners will be.
Interns will have some weekends off to take care of themselves, explore the region, study, and rest.
We take the health of our interns and our community very seriously. As a comprehensive approach to health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented clear measures for all who participate in the Living Ayurveda Internship. Read our Health and Safety Policy to learn how we’re staying safe.
No, it is only possible to attend one session.
The curriculum is largely the same for the spring and summer internships. The farm work changes with the seasons and the plants.
It is important for interns to be prepared for our Oregon seasons—spring and fall can be cold and wet, while summer can be very hot and dry.
Considering this program is a full-time commitment for 10 weeks, it is not possible to participate in other programs.
While possible, additional opportunities on the farm are rare.
You don’t, although you will be living rurally and would need to depend on others if you want to responsibly explore beyond Williams.
Cell service is sporadic and unreliable at the Farm; internet will be available.