Work and Live at a Buddhist Retreat Center in Northern California



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


35755 Hauser Bridge Rd
Cazadero CA
United States


Ratna Ling, a non-profit intentional community in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, is dedicated to serving the welfare of others and cultivating work as a means to self-knowledge through a wide variety of projects both local and global.

Our faculty and staff consists entirely of full-time resident volunteers who work for one of three on site organizations:

  •  Ratna Ling Retreat Center
  •  Dharma Publishing
  •  Yeshe De Text Preservation project

We live and work in the redwood coastal hills of Sonoma County, CA. This year-round residential

volunteer opportunity combines meaningful work with opportunities for self-growth. No religious affiliation is required to volunteer although we are seeking those with a sincere interest in Buddhism and a strong work ethic. The initial commitment for this program is 6 months to 1 year with a 4-week trial period. For those who find our community and lifestyle a good fit, longer term commitments are possible.

Please read through our website thoroughly in order to get a good sense of the volunteer program:

Room, board, a living allowance of $150 per month and free classes are included as part of the volunteer program. Ratna Ling offers a variety of classes to program volunteers covering Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye), Buddhist studies, meditation and Tibetan language. Some of these classes are guided while others are self-study with materials available.

Feel free to contact us by phone 707-847-3777 ext115 or email for any questions you may have about the programs, work placement, classes or the application process.

Opportunities available include: Gardener/Maintenance, Hospitality, Chef/Cook


  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Please apply at or e-mail with your expression of interest.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!