Help at a Buddhist retreat centre near Williams, Arizona, USA

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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

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  • Description


    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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance

  • Help


    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.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

    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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week maximum

My Photo Album

Double rainbows - it's faint but it's there :), are a common occurrence!
Our new retreat center.
Kaibab National Forest, this was taken after waking into the forest directly from the property after about 5 min.

Host ref number: 917978234799