We are seeking individuals interested in living at a meditation retreat center while helping support our meditators who come to practice in solitude and silence. We welcome quiet, mature volunteers, who are interested in sustainability, spiritual development and meditative practices and who are able and willing to pitch in and help with all aspects of running a Buddhist Meditation Retreat Center. Chores and tasks are varied and assigned according to your skill set, experience, interests and arising needs. Especially needed are volunteers with experience in building, carpentry, facilities repairs, (yurts, straw bale lodges, tents) organizing/sorting, computer help, composting, mulching, gardening and more...
As a small (5 acre) rural Meditation Retreat Center (non-profit, 501-c3) based in the Cochise Stronghold Canyon within the Dragoon Mountains, AZ, we provide retreat space for solo meditators and group retreats. We primarily follow Buddhist-based meditation practices, but we're open to all contemplative practices and traditions. Part of our mission is to be a refuge and resource for all those seeking spiritual development and awakening.
We follow permaculture and sustainability practices and are always learning and growing within our natural wilderness surroundings We use solar to offset electric. We tend to 2 small organic gardens with a staff of 2-3 and some hardy, helpful volunteers. We share this precious land with a flock of hens, one mouser cat, and plenty of wildlife native to the Coronado National Forest. Recreational opportunities abound adjacent to our site, including rock climbing, birding, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
A great place for outdoor lovers! Our center is situated within 58,000 acres of pristine Dragoon National Forest lands, with over 22 miles of doorstep accessible hiking and climbing trails. Wildlife in our high desert oak woodland habitat includes javelina, bobcat, mountain lion, deer, coatimundi, ringtail, fox, skunk and more. This area hails as a hotspot for birdlife - including acorn woodpeckers, bridled titmouse, Mexican jays, and Montezuma quail. The absence of light pollution allows for dark skies with excellent opportunities for stargazing. Chiricahua National Monument is just a one hour drive away.
We offer all our volunteers, resident meditators and locals to join in any of our monthly full moon hikes - allowing pauses for reflective moonlit contemplations. Our monthly moonlight hike provides a grounding or “reconnecting” with the Earth and her elements.
Learn how it feels to start each day with gratitude through honoring and greeting the sun as it first touches our canyon walls.. Join a local volunteer as she facilitates a "greeting of the sun" ritual - usually every week day morning. This greeting consists of easy stretches, singing, bilingual chants to the sun, the 4 directions and the elements.
There are opportunities to research and apply best-practices for composting, mulching and recycling, as we update, improvise and create new systems. With your help, we continue to find creative ways to tend our 2 small gardens- to make them more drought and freeze tolerant. Our beloved flock of chickens will demonstrate their need for coop cleaning, coop repairs, feeding and egg collection. We offer a friendly and mutual learning experience here, as we value your input and curiosity to investigate, research and try our what works and doesn't work in this remote high desert environment.
We encourage you to make the most of this quiet oasis to deepen your meditation and get in touch with Mother Earth!
Currently we are seeking persons with carpentry and building experience. Also, someone with interest and experience in developing compost systems.
General Description: We are welcome individuals interested in meditation/mindfulness practice. Especially handy-type persons who possess curious, learning-curve minds to help care for and maintain our gardens and facilities (yurts, tents, straw-bale lodges). Mature individuals who are creative and can work independently - with guidance - are a good fit here.
We have a large well-equipped workshop for building and creating whatever is needed. Tasks are varied, including organic gardening, developing the land with permaculture practices, care for our chickens, computer based work - Note: carpentry, trouble shooting repairs, and building skills a great plus!
The ideal volunteer person for this position is naturally quiet and reflective, non-smoking/drug/alcohol use, and can maintain a level of silence while working and living onsite. Ideal for someone who doesn't need a lot of outside stimulation, socializing or entertainment and enjoys living in a rural, remote area in the great outdoors with great neighbors. The time commitment is a minimum of 2 week and up to 6 weeks.
We require a video conference call interview, a volunteer application, and references before we accept any new volunteers. We are fully COVID-19 compliant and strict about it, so we ask that you are too. We ask that volunteers refrain from loud talking and to be respectful of other meditators while on the property. We welcome minorities and members of the LGBTQ community and support diversity. Thanks for your interest in joining our small community of meditators to help steward this awesome land.
When you apply please put "Meditation-retreat-2021" in the subject line so we know you read through the profile and please indicate which of the following skills you possess:
-composting set-up and management (we need some help here!)
-organizational/sorting skills - kitchens, offices, esp.
-knowledge/skills of permaculture, composting, recycling and organic gardening
-sustainable food systems, and soil regeneration
-landscaping - path/trail maintenance, trimming, pruning, mulching, berms & swales
-computer skills - including writing and research
Thank you for reading our profile,
Cindy, Retreat Coordinator
Mostly tent camping (we can provide tent, pad/mattress and all bedding). Sometimes we are able to offer a larger tent with electric - more like "glamping". Compost toilets and a solar shower are close by within walking distance.
We are COVID compliant with mask wearing, sanitizing, and frequent hand washing hands required. We are strict about it and require the same commitment from you. A COVID negative test result may be required 24-48 hours before arriving onsite.
We offer food staples such as rice, beans, pasta, oatmeal, some garden veggies (in season), and eggs from out happy hens. We also offer a food stipend up to $150 per month ($5 per day) in addition to the pantry staples. A makeshift outdoor kitchen (or indoor one if available) is provided for your use.
If you do not have your own transportation we can arrange pickup and drop-off in Tucson (1.5 hours away) for $25 each way (to cover gas). We are a fragrance and scent free facility - Which means we request you do not bring any scented body care products with you. Please find fragrance free options- Thank you for your consideration of our guests and staff who may be sensitive to fragranced products, including perfumes, deodorants, shave lotions, shampoos, and any scented products you apply to your body and hair.
NOTE: We use a grey water system, so no chemically laden products need go into our soil and water table! Very important!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This is only possible for those not needing high speed internet and who do not need to do a lot of downloading, streaming, or uploading. We are remote and do not have fiber optics in our area. Also, our staff needs the wifi for retreat administrative work. We only accept digital nomads who can get by with limited and low speed use. Thanks for your understanding. That said, we do need computer help, if you tend to be a savvy computer person type, so please apply!
Yes, very welcome (and preferred)! 4 miles of washboard dirt coming in, but most any vehicle can navigate it.
3-4 hours a day, weekly - no more than 22