Help with daily life at a Buddhist meditation and retreat centre in scenic East Gippsland, Australia



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    Welcome to our beautiful Buddhist retreat centre nestled in the Snowy River Country of East Gippsland, halfway between Melbourne and Canberra. We are surrounded by state forest and abundant with wildlife (countless kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, native birds and the occasional koala!).

    The centre belongs to The Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra (Sakya Losal Choe Dzong), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting peace and happiness. As such, here we host various retreats throughout the year, including meditation - both Buddhist and secular - yoga, tai chi, health and wellness, and family week.

    There is a small community of residents who live here full-time and many, like yourselves, who may come and go, but leave a lasting impact. We need help around our big house and with maintaining our spectacular 108 acres of land, which includes vegetable and ornamental gardens.

    We are spiritual practitioners who have a relaxed and harmonious living environment built upon mutual respect. We welcome anyone with a genuine interest in spirituality and a desire to contribute to the community to come and share in this wonderful space with us.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    As a Buddhist retreat centre we are dedicated to holding a space where people can engage in peaceful practice and further their knowledge and understanding of their own spirituality and of the Buddha’s teachings.
    If you are interested in spirituality then we invite you to come and be immersed in the rich culture of Tibetan Buddhism and surrounded by people who are committed to meditation in daily life.

  • Help


    There are a handful of committed volunteers living here and working to maintain this beautiful space. We welcome extra help at any time of the year, but particularly if we have a special project to work on.

    During spring time there is a lot of work to be done in the garden. We have a veggie garden, fruit trees and large grounds so there is an abundance of outdoor work to get involved with.

    People with skills in gardening, landscaping, outdoor maintenance or any farming or forestry background would be very warmly welcomed!

    Over the spring, summer and autumn period we will host a retreat about once per month. There is a surge in busyness at these times as we focus our energy into hosting these events. Volunteers usually help with the cleaning before and after the event, and with maintaining cleanliness of communal spaces while the retreat is on. Retreats are really special, you'll get to interact with a huge variety of people and join in on some of the meditation, teaching or yoga sessions during the day!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Tibetan

  • Accommodation


    When possible we offer private accommodation, but depending on numbers at times you may have to share.
    During your stay we will provide three meals per day. We offer simple, nutritious vegetarian and vegan food and cater for common dietary conditions (eg. gluten free, nut free). If you have complicated dietary requirements you may consider bringing your own food to supplement your diet while you are here.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located half-way between Melbourne and Canberra and there is public transport available from both cities to reach us (though it's much simpler to come from Melbourne). If you have your own car then there is lots to see in the local area, we are very near to the famous Buchan Caves as well as many other nature walks. We're only an hour from the 90-mile beach, an amazing stretch of Victorian coastline.

    The property itself is filled with wildlife, we have 108 acres and plenty of spectacular sights.
    In your time off you can also gain from our wealth of literature on Buddhist philosophy and practices, meditate in our beautiful temple or you are welcome to use our other spaces for your own practices, such as yoga etc.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day (max 25 hours/week)

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