We are a Buddhist community and charity based in the Dandenong Ranges. We have 12 acres of gardens and woodland, with a creek and woodland walk running the periphery. The environment is very beautiful, tranquil and restful and is perfect for meditation and contemplation.
The help required varies from cooking, gardening, decorating, maintenance, cleaning and helping with accommodation. We also have various projects that you could get involved in at particular times. On occasion, we may ask you to be flexible and volunteer on one of the days on the weekend.
If you have particular skills we would love to know. Although the work is not always strenuous you will need to be reasonably fit and active to come on a volunteering visit.
In your free time, there are many ways to relax including enjoying the grounds and local tourist sites. You can go for long bush walks in the Dandenong Ranges.
As a volunteer, you are welcome to join any of the evening or weekend meditation classes running.
You are welcome to join us for the daily prayers we hold in our meditation room.
What we have to offer is varied and provides a perfect opportunity to experience the warm and friendly Buddhist way of life first hand.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Volunteers are from all over the world - have the chance to meet many new people and make lasting friendships! Also you will have the opportunity to learn about Buddhism and meditation and how to keep a peaceful mind.
We are based in the Dandenong Ranges which is a top tourist destination for those in Melbourne with lots of nature and attractions.
Volunteers can help by cooking community meals, household chores, cleaning, decorating, building work, gardening - it depends on what is needed at the time.
Chinese (Cantonese): Beginner
Shared dormitory room
We have a warm, vibrant and friendly international community. Alcohol and drugs are not allowed on the premises.
All meals provided are either vegetarian or vegan (based on your preference).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
6 hours a day, 4 days a week