InanItah is a consciously created, earth-based spiritual community and transformational living and learning center inspired by the path of freedom and aliveness. Our vision is to raise spiritual and environmental consciousness and create space for individual and collective transformation.
Each season we welcome a nomadic community of free-thinking, nature-loving family. We co-create an inspirational, transparent, and transformational container to heal ourselves and this beautiful planet.
We are located on 22 acres of biologically diverse land, with 360-degree expansive views, InanItah is a tropical paradise located on Ometepe in Nicaragua. InanItah rests in the heart of fire and water-filled volcanos and is surrounded by Lake Nicaragua. We are blessed with natural spring water, artfully created natural buildings, organic gardens, and a tropical food forest. Together, these surroundings create an environment of magic and wonder.
There are endless opportunities to learn and grow at InanItah. You can dive into yourself by joining regular yoga and meditation classes, connect with others during cacao ceremonies, ecstatic dance, conscious communication classes, and community sharing circles and, you can explore your connection to nature by participating in permaculture projects, natural building, organic gardening, local foods, and herbal medicine.
Bring yourself as you are. No need to wear a mask here! We do ask for your commitment to natural living and heart-filled service.
Fire Season is looking for a Kitchen Lead to join our team of InanItah Fire Season Space Holders for the upcoming season from August 15, 2022, to February 15, 2023.
The Inanitah Fire Season vision is to be a model for regenerative living. Inanitah Fire Season is a vibrant community for personal growth and development where community members are invited to be themselves. InanItah is also an education center for living in harmony with the earth and being aware of our consumption patters. We practice living in conscious relationships with nature, others, and themselves.
We live our vision in the kitchen by sourcing our food from our property and the local farmers of Ometepe Island. This guideline supports the local Ometepe economy and limits the environmental impact of food purchasing and consumption. The InanItah Fire Season Kitchen Lead is the holder of this vision and its guidelines.
By living this vision, community members explore how to live more sustainably by changing their food consumption and purchasing habits and considering the impact of their waste production.
Become part of a vibrant international community of people who gather to experience regenerative living on both personal and planetary levels
Gain experience in community vegetarian farm-to-table culinary management in the context of permaculture and regenerative living.
Work closely with the local Nicaraguan community and learn about the local culture and agriculture
Learn about local products, fruit, and vegetables
Explore creativity in the kitchen
Build your own side business by offering culinary workshops and food products
Live in a stunning natural environment on the tropical volcanic island of Ometepe
Participate in daily yoga and meditation classes, workshops of all kinds, and weekly cacao celebrations
Receive one-on-one mentorship with community founder and transformational facilitator, Gaia
Strong ecological values
Strong passion for permaculture ethics of earth care, people care and resource share
Dedicated spirit and a strong work ethic
Passion for creativity in the kitchen
Desire to be creative and to explore cooking with only Ometepe grown foods (There is a minimal list of exceptions which include mainland Nicaragua grown flax, chia, dehydrated cane sugar, and garlic when available)
Leadership and teambuilding skills
Ability to uphold boundaries and hold others accountable
Language requirements: Spanish: Be able to order food, via telephone, with Spanish-speaking vendors English: Be able to provide a kitchen orientation for new arrivals and coordinate with predominantly English-speaking community members who collaborate in making meals
You will be expected to work 25 - 30 hours each week, and most importantly be responsible for the kitchen area. (Responsibilities are defined below)
Attend volunteer logistics meetings Monday - Friday and one weekly community sharing circle that we call the Transparency Circle.
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE (helpful but not required)
Experience in community kitchens
Experience in a farm-to-table kitchen environment
Experience in tropical Permaculture environments
Health and nutrition
Experience cooking with fire, and wood ovens
Hold the Kitchen Vision
Provide kitchen orientations, onboarding new community members to the kitchen guidelines, and the use of kitchen resources
Understand and explain the InanItah Fire Season kitchen vision and how it forms the foundation of the kitchen guidelines
Communicate and apply kitchen guidelines and educate about the intentions behind them
Source Local Ingredients
Encourage and empower community members to use what is available in the InanItah Fire Season garden
Purchase food from various local farmers and businesses and educated about where to buy locally grown food on the island
Streamline Kitchen Logistics
Ensure that kitchen is kept clean and hygienic by applying the kitchen guidelines
Oversee community contribution shifts for meal preparation and clean-up
Ensure that community meals are available from Sunday dinner until Friday dinner.
Lead preparation of meals with community members
Empower and select other community members to lead meal shifts
Support community members in the use of the kitchen and the foods available for meal preparation
Support community meal planning, including special dietary considerations of community members
Engage the community in kitchen projects such as food preservation, dehydration, fermentation, baked goods, healing tonics, herbal remedies etc.
Maintain a creative spirit alive in the kitchen by nourishing an environment for experimentation with innovative dishes
Be a Team Player
Manage the kitchen budget and track spending
Communicate kitchen needs to the Space Holder Team
Setup and breakdown kitchen setup at the beginning and end of the season
Be a part of the Space Holder team supporting the overall wellness of the community
A combination of exchange for room and board, cash stipend and community credits that can be applied to workshops, housing upgrades and stays for you and your friends. The total value of cash and community credits will be $500 - $1000/month depending on your capacity, skills and experience. Specific details of the package will depend on your personal choices.
If this opportunity sounds right for you, please send a resume or a letter of interest to letting us know about your skills and experience that make you a fit for the role. Reach out via our contact page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about InanItah Fire Season, visit inanitah.com
Partial Work Exchange Option
Dates: August 15, 2022 - February 15, 2023 Location: InanItah Fire Season, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua