We are an international retreat center dedicated to helping people develop a peaceful mind and a good heart, and therefore to create peace in the world.
We recently purchased a 73-bedroom hotel and are in the early stages of converting it into a meditation retreat center. Our new meditation center is nestled behind Beacon Hill and sits on 20 acres of land located just 50 minutes from the Grand Canyon. It is adjacent to the Kaibab National Forest known for its aromatic ponderosa pine trees.
Along with creating a beautiful meditation room, we are also updating different parts of the hotel to better serve our needs. Once open to the public, the retreat center will host many programs throughout the year to appeal to a range of students and guests.
Our Workaway program is a great way to experience life at a Buddhist retreat center, learn about Buddhism & meditation, and put your compassion and love for others into action. In exchange for volunteering, Workawayers receive accommodation and three vegetarian meals a day.
Normally, workaway opportunities last for a duration of one week. We are flexible with the start and end day. There is the opportunity to stay for more than one week, however this depends on the amount of work we have available and on how well the first week goes.
Our main focus for our projects at the moment is painting, cleaning and yard work.
Cooking / shopping
The help at our center vary depending on season and skills – assisting with cleanup, house cleaning, light construction, accommodations preparation and housekeeping, office help, and light landscaping and gardening are examples. The winter time also involves snow shoveling.
Please pack and dress accordingly for work for the season that you wish to come. For example, snow boots and warm clothes and jackets are a must for the winter, and good work boots and hot weather clothing is beneficial for the summer time.
Volunteer visitors stay in our dormitories; please bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Bathrooms are shared. All meals are vegetarian; breakfast is self-serve and lunch and dinner are community vegetarian buffets. There are usually many vegan options for all meals as well.
Our meditation center is part of a large international spiritual community dedicated to achieving world peace through following the Buddhist path. We are a small community of residents, people who live on site, including ordained monks and nuns. Our community strives to exemplify Buddhist practice through public service in their daily lives.
Our Center is not yet open to the public (working visits only), but we will start to hold classes in the surrounding area in September.
We are located near Williams, AZ, know as the gateway to the Grand Canyon. There is easy driving access to many wonderful places to visit in the surrounding area such as Sedona and Antelope Canyon. Hiking trails are directly accessible from our property.
More than two
We are an international retreat center and will be hosting a diverse group of volunteers, students and teachers from all around the world. There are innumerable ways people can benefit from a cultural exchange. Within our small group, we already represent well travelled people from all over the US and the world. We eat communal meals together and share stories and laughter. There are always opportunities to learn about meditation and all aspects of the Buddhist way of life from our experienced practitioners.
We look forward to welcoming workaway visitors from all areas. We hope to learn from their culture, we're always looking for new dishes to cook, and new skills to help with establishing our Center.
5 hours per day, 5 days a week maximum