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 an 11-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 11-week internships per year.
May 18th–July 30th
August 3rd–October 15th
Our 2020 program is full and we are no longer accepting applications for 2020.
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.
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
Open enrollment for 2021 begins August 1st, 2020. Check back soon for more information and updates about the 2021 sessions.
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 11 weeks?
- What can I expect living communally for 11 weeks?
- 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.
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 11 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 go beyond Williams.
Cell service is sporadic and unreliable at the Farm; internet will be available.