Vegetarian Cooks at Buddhist Retreat Center

  • San Francisco, CA, US

How To Apply

Send your resume and clear photo of yourself to volunteer@odiyan.org. Or go to www.volunteer.odiyan.org to download an application. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call us at 510-981-1987

Odiyan Retreat Center

Do you love vegetarian cooking or would like to learn? Do you like learning practical skills and being outdoors? Our team is seeking healthy, strong residents eager to share or learn kitchen skills and work with a group taking turns providing meals to our community.

ABOUT Odiyan Retreat Center is located on a 1000-acre spiritual and ecological preserve in rural Sonoma County, Northern California. We are perched on top of a ridge overlooking rolling mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Odiyan is modeled after Tibet's first monastery—a three-dimensional mandala. This mandala strives to manifests a way of life that integrates work with a path of self-exploration.

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THE WORK: Odiyan Retreat Center offers a challenging and rewarding live-work retreat program where work is the vehicle for your inner development. Your work at Odiyan will include vegetarian cooking for our community (training included), bread baking, harvesting, food preservation, cleaning and kitchen organization.

Outside of the kitchen, you will also be involved in garden work, beautifying and maintaining the Temples, tending to our wildlife (exotic birds, horses, dogs, etc.) or assisting with sacred art projects such as making Buddhist statues in the Foundry.

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YOU RECEIVE:

  • Free housing in large room with balcony
  • Communal bathroom/shower and laundry
  • Free home-cooked vegetarian meals and beverages
  • Free WI-FI and domestic phone calls
  • A living allowance of $150 per month
  • Free skill training in a wide range of trades and traditional arts
  • Access to healthy setting of nature, hiking trails, wide-open spaces, sacred beauty, fresh air, clean water, and nutritious food.
  • Free Classes on Development of Mind & Spirit, Tibetan yoga, Skillful Means, meditation and more
  • Opportunity to engage in a wholesome lifestyle of self-sufficiency, meaningful work, inner development, and taking responsibility.

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REQUIREMENT:

  • Healthy and without significant mental or physical health issues
  • Comfortable with heavy lifting, good manual dexterity and multi-limb coordination while using tools and small machines.
  • Experience not required
  • Eager for a hard-working wholesome lifestyle of service
  • Minimum age of 23 years old
  • Minimum commitment is 6 months
  • The ideal volunteer is open-minded, self-reflective and ready to engage deeply on both inner and outer levels.
  • Couples are welcome
  • We cannot accept children or animal companions.
  • We are a smoke and drug free community.

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Join our team now!

We are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism and exploring work as a path to inner freedom. Our weekly schedule is rigorous (6 days a week) and rewarding!

Learn more about us:

Visit www.volunteer.odiyan.org for details, photos, application, and everything you need to know about living and working at Odiyan Retreat Center. Or follow us on Facebook: OdiyanBuddhistRetreatCenter.

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  • San Francisco, CA, US
  • Duration:

    3 months or longer
  • Time commitment:

    Full time (30-40 hours/week)
  • Extra details:

    Stipend provided

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