The Path of Karma Yoga: Opportunities for Karma Yogis
Our spiritual teaching is founded on four pillars – meditation, study, karma yoga and integrating the shadow. If you feel inspired to develop the pillar of karma yoga, there are many ways you can put this into practice. Below are some ways you can begin to practice Karma Yoga with our global community.
Karma Yoga Opportunities:
International Planet Dharma Karma Yoga Circle
An opportunity to practice and learn karma yoga online
Did you know there are opportunities for online karma yoga and dharma training with Planet Dharma’s team of committed and experienced karma yogis? Led by Duncan Cryle, Christopher Lawley and Cara Conroy-Lau a group of sangha meet regularly.
- Be of direct service to the teachers, Dharma and Sangha, building generosity and merit.
- Benefit from working directly and personally with experienced practitioners on that path of karma yoga.
- Uncover blocks, transform patterns, and discover hidden talents.
- Draw on your karma yoga learning to help your career and livelihood flourish.
- Learn to discover the clear sky mind in all your actions.
If you are committed to transformation through karma yoga, and willing to build towards five hours of karma yoga per week, contact us (Cara, Duncan or Chris) for more information.
Karma Yoga In-Person at Clear Sky Center
One of the many benefits our having our own base at Clear Sky Retreat Center in the BC Rockies is the opportunity for people to experience karma yoga in a supportive and focused setting.
Residential Karma Yoga Program (3 months)
If you have not yet met the teachers or community, consider applying for the three month immersion program at Clear Sky. Led by the experienced residential community of practitioners, Clear Sky offers a 3 month karma yoga immersion program that is incredibly transformative for participants: Three Month Karma Yoga Immersion Program
Hybrid Residential Program (2 weeks+)
Another great option to participate in karma yoga and sangha learning is to join Clear Sky meditation centre's hybrid retreat / karma yoga package.
Designed for those who have successfully completed the three month karma yoga program and/or those who have finished extensive retreat work with Qapel and Catherine Sensei, this program offers you a way to combine a personal or group retreat followed by a period of karma yoga, benefiting from quality time onsite learning and training with the teachers’ and resident sangha community.
The program also gives the opportunity for you to work remotely at your livelihood so that you don’t have to give up your income to join.
Its sneaky. Its not always obvious. But Karma Yoga is possibly the most influencial work I’ve done in my life to date. I’ve had many experiences in many countries, and I’ve completed the highest level of education in my field, and yet, I feel my work accomplishments have amounted to very little. Until now.
See Lisa’s Blog on Karma Yoga
Students Share About the Value of Karma Yoga:
Being part of Planet Dharma’s Karma Yoga team has changed some views I had about Karma Yoga.
- To observe one’s state of mind while doing Karma Yoga is the key for me. It is about not just blindly ‘doing’. The path, process and experience of ‘doing’ is as important as the results.
- The process of communicating with my karma yoga colleagues slowly uncovers the blind background programs that are running in the mind and body. I usually love to work alone, doing “my thing”, “my way”. But reflecting with another being is so much faster to uncover the unseen. The ego doesn’t like it very much at the beginning. But more minds simply see more things. It is therefore very enriching.
- Everything is Karma Yoga, the moment I put awareness into it. When I do that, on a physical and emotional level the sense of prosperity and generosity that I get from Karma Yoga expands into my so called “normal daily life”.
Andrea Netscher, Germany, 2017
I’ve been practicing karma yoga at our retreat centre, Clear Sky for over ten years. The benefits are ripe – for example now I am more able to see what is needed in the moment and take action to address it. I am less frozen in self conscious thinking. Karma yoga is a practice of not getting stuck in my feelings, emotions, mental thoughts. I’ve learned to communicate better with my community – keeping team members informed as well as reframing and rephrasing until all parties feel understood. Rather than staying passive I’ve learned to take control and direct as needed. I’ve learned to act quickly to listen, problem solve, forgive emotional upsets and move forward to addressing what needs to be addressed. I don’t get as stuck in views of who is right or wrong. I’m able to take on more responsibility, and get comfortable with both leading and following.
Maureen Smith, BC, Canada, 2017
I came to Clear Sky after years of wandering on the path of self-transcendence; I was trying to do it by myself and it just wasn’t working. The teachers at Clear Sky immediately saw my self-imposed limits and provided me with clear, direct instructions on how to really accelerate growth. After putting my personal preferences aside and deciding to work with awakened teachers I have become far more focused and clearer than I could ever have been on my own
I have been terrified my whole life to grow and to show up and to be seen. I understand now that through my participation in karma yoga, there has been enough wearing away of the rock by drops of water, drop by drop by drop. I am at a point now where I am saying, “OK, lets do this!” And I don’t think there is any faster process. The karma yoga practice is changing our very chemical make up so that we really are letting ourselves be recreated. I’ve achieved two Bachelor and one Masters degrees and none of my higher education comes close to the profound learning and core depth changes that I have experienced through doing karma yoga. It’s definitely the PhD of life.
Since I’ve been active with Karma Yoga, my skills have grown exponentially. My teaching has improved, I have clearer guidelines for students, I insist on accountability, I return assignments on time, I redirect unproductive conversations, I close as many communication loops as possible and so on … I feel like a professional who is on top of her game. So great results are evident. Yay!