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Inner Fire

Newfane, VT, USA

Full time

Other

Dec 14

MENTAL (SOUL) HEALTH: ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THE OVERMEDICATION AND SUICIDE RATE IN OUR SOCIETY? DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HELP SAVE LIVES?

Inner Fire is a proactive healing community in southern Vermont offering striving individuals the choice to recover from debilitating and traumatic life challenges. We are not anti-medication, but have witnessed the horrendous human costs of its reflexive overuse and we know there are other choices which will serve the healing of the whole human being. We support people who want to avoid medication in the first place, who are now on such medications but wish to eliminate or taper to a level which improves their lives, and those who are reeling from the withdrawal symptoms of the benzodiazepines and anti-psychotics. Our aim is to help strengthen the physical body and the various aspects of the Soul so striving individuals can better digest and manage the challenges of human existence and rebuild meaningful, productive lives.  Inner Fire was founded in 2015 and is one of the only such facilities in the nation and world.

We are looking for individuals who believe in our mission, with pioneering and enthusiastic attitudes, who look for the best in others, are good listeners and bridge builders. Team players, able to maintain professional boundaries, with good communication skills who will use their creative imagination and can work independently with initiative, are essential.

To work successfully at Inner Fire is to acknowledge that it is not a ‘job’ but rather a path of self-knowledge and self-development. Whenever we are working with human beings, we are shown both our weaknesses and our strengths. This is simply the nature of the work; we are all both Guides and Seekers. We are always seeking to learn and grow in our work and lives. We are committed to helping people to reclaim their lives.


Openings

  • Daytime, Weekend, and Overnight Guides Needed - Full Time, Part-Time, Per Diem
  • Office Manager- Part time


Guides assist Seekers (residents) in maintaining a steady positive rhythm and pace through a wide range of structured daily and nightly activities in collaboration with Inner Fire director and therapists.


Weekday Guides lead Seekers through a variety of nature, spirit, and place-based activities such as wilderness wandering, handcraft, forestry including tree felling with an maul/axe and chainsaw and using a wood-mizer, animal husbandry, biodynamic gardening, whole foods gut-friendly cooking, wildcrafting, herbal medicine making, and poetry writing. Experience maintaining the infrastructure of building and grounds is a bonus.


Overnight Guides should sleep lightly, maintaining awareness and responsiveness to our Seeker’s changing needs throughout the night. Must guide them in self and house care, help them prepare for sleep, then help them wake up and prepare for each new day at 6:15am.  


Weekend Guides lead Seekers through activities such as preparing meals, gardening, long vigorous hikes, house cleaning, self-care and other mindful activities to promote presence of body, mind, and soul in a fun, social, and convivial way.


Guide Responsibilities 

  • Accompany and closely attend to Seekers experiences and states of mind through all scheduled activities.
  • Creatively inspire and motivate Seekers to participate in activities and carry out designated responsibilities.
  • Teach life skills such as self-care, housekeeping, and the art of living in community
  • Administer medications and supplements as needed.
  • Facilitate off-campus outings, events and appointments for residents. This includes hikes, swimming, biking, canoeing, and driving Seekers to medical appointments.
  • Write and contribute to daily shift reports 
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and trainings
  • Perform checks of resident rooms and belongings as is warranted and needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Our Office Manager tends to internal needs of the organization including scheduling, phone communication, assisting with payroll, updating documents and contacts, fielding staff requests and facility needs, and what else may arise. This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) for an organized self-starter with fluency in basic office technology including email communication and spreadsheets.



Desired Skills & Traits


  • Must be observant and empathetic in noticing and responding in a helpful manner to Colleagues’ and Seekers’ feelings and needs as an ongoing practice and way of being part of the fluid and dynamic Inner Fire community.   

  

  • Must be comfortable communicating information and ideas clearly in speaking and writing so that others will understand.  


  • Must practice active listening and discernment. This means giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. 


  • Should be adept at understanding non-verbal communication and social cues, to discern what is in people’s hearts beyond their actions and spoken words.


  • Must be able to manage one’s own time and sometimes the time of others in a flexible and conversational manner when occasional changes to the structure of our day occur.


  • Should be able to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, assess needs and garner support in challenging and crisis situations.


  • Able to help people with fluctuating needs and states of mind including anger and alternate and perceived realities, to stay grounded and engaged in the activities at hand.


  • Able to de-escalate escalating situations.


  • Works well with others both in and out of Inner Fire in ways that build bridges.


  • Interacts with difficult individuals politely and respectfully.


  • Maintains one's inner development and self-centering practices so as to stay grounded and able to be one’s best self at work. Able to leave one’s challenges behind so as to meet the needs of the Seekers.


  • Able to share and turn to fellow Guides for support as Inner Fire is a community for everyone. To bring the choice and do the work of empowering and change we want to support each other. 


  • Enjoy cooking and light cleaning, have basic garden, forestry and landscaping skills, and be able to lead hikes in the forest with at least rudimentary outdoor survival skills.


  • Share Inner Fire’s mission to offer the choice for people to heal with minimal or without psychiatric medications; we believe in the innate healing capacity of the human being.


  • Flexible and adaptable. This job requires being open to change and variations in the workplace and workflow. 

   

  • Creative problem solver. This will be required to accomplish each day’s desired goals and therapeutic effects.


  • Compassionate with self and others. Gentle, self-confident, grounded, and stable.


  • Calm and Quiet. This is especially important for the overnight Guide. Able to create and support an environment that facilitates sleep and rest. Sensitive to the nuanced needs of the Seekers.


  • Self-Initiative. With an understanding of the basic aims of the subject at hand job, the guide is encouraged to use their initiative to achieve the desired aim. They can always seek support from the therapeutic director or those with more experience of the Inner Fire program.


  • A natural leader.  Must be willing to lead, take charge, and offer well considered opinions and direction.


  • Self-control. The job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.


  • Attention to Detail. Must be careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Must pay scrupulous attention to privacy issues in compliance with existing policy, state and federal law, and the directives of your supervisor.


  • Must maintain healthy professional boundaries with Seekers at all times. Guides are not buddies but care deeply for the Seekers and practice empathy rather than sympathy which can lead to disempowerment.


  • Should be physically fit, and weekend guides should be able to hike up to eight miles in the mountains (can build up to this).


  • The combination of a bachelor degree or other relevant education and dynamic life and work experience is ideal.


Preference is given to those with 1-2 years of experience in Health and Human Services, Social Work, Case Management, Mental Health, Addiction services and / or adults tapering off psychotropic medications. Knowledge and experience in Waldorf Education and Anthroposophically inspired work, or recognizing the spiritual nature of the human being of having a body, soul and spirit, is equally important.


If what you have read thus far interests you, please reach out so we can learn more about each other and how we and the Inner Fire team may work together to make a difference in the world through the opportunities offered via the comprehensive Inner Fire program. I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience via email at beatrice.innerfire@gmail.com or phone at 802-755-7345.

Thank you!

Beatrice Birch, Founder and Executive Director



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