Meaningful Work for Body, Mind and Spirit, Coast of Northern California



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  • Beschreibung


    Odiyan is an all-volunteer non-profit Retreat Center located on 1000 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean in northern California. We are dedicated to meaningful work, wholesome living and the inner development of mind and spirit.

    Although we have our foundation in Tibetan Buddhism, no religious affiliation is required. We are seeking volunteers who are open-minded, self-reflective and ready to engage deeply on both inner and outer levels.

    Our mission is twofold: to assist in the protection, preservation and flourishing of Buddhist cultures in Asia and the West, and to model as a living experiment the integration of Buddhist principles and Western thought through a lifestyle which is dedicated to the benefit of our planet and all of humanity.

    For over 40 years volunteers from all over the world have been coming for six months or more to develop their own potential and contribute to the unique and holistic vision of enlightened knowledge for the benefit of all beings.
    Resident volunteers receive housing, vegetarian meals and classes on various aspects of Buddhism. The minimum commitment is six months.

  • Arten von Arbeit

    Arten von Arbeit

    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Sonstige Arbeiten
    Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Karitative Arbeiten
    Hilfe bei Kunstprojekten
    Hilfe mit Computer / Internet

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    We are currently seeking individuals aged 24-45 who are able to start sometime this summer. Participants need to be physically competent and able to handle tools, small machinery and manual labor on a daily basis.

    We appreciate those who additionally have cooking, computer, writing or artistic skills.

    The minimum commitment is six months.

    You will be engaging gardening, farming, landscaping, construction, concrete, masonry and foundry work, and repairs of every kind, as well as sacred art projects and classes related to developing your inner potential

    You Receive:

    - Housing with one roommate, Vegetarian meals
    - Skill training in wide range of trades and traditional arts
    - Classes on Inner development of mind and spirit, Tibetan yoga and more!

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    Volunteers live two persons to a room in the "Rim" structure surrounding the Main Temple. All rooms have an adjoining outdoor deck with a breathtaking view, and an indoor sink. There is a large shared kitchen, dining room, bathrooms and showers and laundry facilities within the same compound.

    Minimum six month commitment. We cannot accept children or pets. Couples are welcome to apply.

    Please note: We cannot assist with getting a visas for entry or staying in the United States. We cannot issue any letters of invitation for visa use or confirmations for volunteering here.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Please be strong, healthy, able to work with tools and engage physical manual labor on a daily basis.

    Here you can learn new skills and share your knowledge while making a valuable contribution to the preservation of enlightened knowledge for all humanity. Previous experience is preferred, but not required. You must have passion for a hard- working wholesome lifestyle of service.

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    Etwas mehr Information

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    • Wir sind Raucher

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

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    maximum 4-5 hours, 5 days a week

Odiyan Main Temple and surrounding resident quarters.
Working on Statues in the Odiyan Foundry.
A happy gardener!
Learn the art of Bronze casting at the Odiyan Foundry!
Aerial View of Odiyan
Odiyan Foundry - making Buddhist statues to give away to Buddhist communities in Asia
Working together in the Odiyan kitchen.
Work in our vegetable and ornamental gardens, learn vegetarian cooking!

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