You might wish you had the ability to hibernate when you're handed a pink slip; that's not entirely possible, but some people are finding solace by turning to yoga retreats with work-study arrangements. In exchange for $300 to $900 a month, a few daily hours of chores like cooking, washing dishes, cleaning rooms or weeding gardens, participants receive a room, three meals a day, and unlimited access to classes and events. The retreats can last for a month, a few months, a year, and sometimes more.
While traditionally these centers have attracted people with the ability to take extended time off, like writers or entrepreneurs, the current flood of applications are increasingly from recent college graduates and those with professional careers. Todd Wolfenberg, director of marketing at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA, said, “I suspect that is due to the fact that they haven’t been able to find a job after college or are leaving a job."
Yehnemsah Oneha, work-study coordinator at Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY, warns, "If you’re applying because you can’t deal with life, that’s not a good motivation." The work-exchange programs, sometimes known as karma yoga, are to "foster selflessness and good will." Would consider this an attractive option if you lost your job?