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.
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.
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.
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.
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!