Our centre sits on 8 acres in the remote and stunning Valley of Colville, Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. Surrounded by lush farmland, bush and the lovely hills of the Coromandel range, our ambience is conducive to peace, rest and healing.
Our centre is a charitable trust and affiliated with the Foundation for the preservation of tradition– an international organization in the gelugpa tradition which has over 150 centres, hospices and projects worldwide.
We welcome volunteers who have a genuine and sincere interest in developing on the spiritual path. Offering service in this way is far more than a convenient lodging, we invite volunteers to live, work, study, practice and meditate with us and to apply compassionate mindfulness, following the Buddhist teachings during their stay. We encourage our volunteers to make the best use of this opportunity and attend all classes, pujas and events.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
As a Buddhist centre, we welcome volunteers that have a genuine interest in Buddhism to live, serve and practice with us. We provide a conducive environment for contemplation, healing and study.
Typical volunteer activities include cooking, housekeeping, gardening, maintenance, and guest services. We take into account your interests as a volunteer, so if you have any special skills please let us know.
Volunteers help 5 hours a day, over the course of 5 days with 2 days off. (2 days off consecutively cannot always be guaranteed).
We offer free, clean, comfortable accommodation and vegetarian meals
We take turns to prepare lunch. Breakfast and dinner are your own responsibility to prepare.
We have learned that the minimum stay of 1 month works best for everyone.
We ask all volunteers to abide within the 5 precepts of moral conduct at all times.
Protect living beings (refrain from killing, even small insects)
Respect others’ belongings (refrain from stealing and taking anything not freely given)
Speak truthfully (refrain from lying)
Refrain from sexual contact (to create a space for spiritual introspection and development with less distraction; dressing modestly is also encouraged)
Refrain from using intoxicants, e.g. alcohol, tobacco, etc. (to help cultivate clarity of mind and body, and create a safe, calm environment for everyone)
Volunteers need to be vaccinated.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a beautifully landscaped grounds at the centre with plenty of sites to choose from. We cannot offer electricity to sites.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week