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



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  • Description


    Welcome to our beautiful 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!).

    Our well established centre belongs to The Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting peace, happiness and well-being. 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. We also cater for visitors who seek personal retreat and rest.

    There is a small community of volunteers who live and work 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We accept volunteers from all faiths. As a retreat centre we are dedicated to holding a space where people can engage in peaceful meditation practice and further their knowledge and understanding of their own spirituality and of Buddhism (if interested). 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.

    You can join our resident volunteers in:
    -Green Tara puja (Tibetan Buddhist chanting ritual)
    -mindfulness meditation
    One to one and group yoga teaching is also available (on request).

  • 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!

    We have motel style and cabin accommodation for our guests and also welcome help with house keeping for these.

    Over the spring, summer and autumn period we will host a retreat about once per month. There is a surge in business 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!


    - House keeping/cleaning motel style rooms/cabins in preparation for guest arrivals
    - General maintenance including painting (must have some experience)
    - Gardening: clearing small vegetable garden ready for planting, establishing herb garden also general gardening help
    including maintenance of our orchard
    - Forestry - assisting our environmental volunteer with forest clearing, fencing, wood cutting and associated jobs
    - Admin support and help with our shop, experience of internet sales advantageous

    We are also looking for longer term volunteer resident help including an experienced cook (vegetarian and vegan) and gardener. More details about these roles on application.

  • Languages spoken

    Tibetan: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    When possible we offer private accommodation (usually in a cabin), but depending on numbers at times you may have to share. Cabins have log burners and basic but cozy facilities with stunning views. Showers and clothes washing facilities are conveniently located close by. During your stay we will provide three nutritious vegetarian/vegan meals at set times each day. 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). Best days for arrival are Wednesday and Fridays due to transport availability however, other days may considered on request.

    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.
    For those who do not drive we have a bus twice a week that will take you to town where shopping is available. On request we can also take you more local facilities in Buchan including restaurant/bar.

    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.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • 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)

harvesting garlic
The main building, home.
family moments
mulberry picking
Tenzin, the expert gardener

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