Help at a Buddhist retreat centre and registered charity, near Williams, Arizona, USA


United States


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    We hope to start accepting working visitors soon. Please message us if you are interested. Responses will take longer than usual, thank you for your patience and understanding.

    We are an international retreat center dedicated to helping people develop a peaceful mind and a good heart, and therefore to create peace in the world.

    SHORT TERM 1-2 week Working Volunteer Opportunities:
    No formal experience is necessary, but general familiarity with your profile checked for business area will be helpful and appreciated. A mini interview is required, and more information will be sent to you in our response.
    • Kitchen volunteering (Involves basic food preparation such as chopping and cleaning)
    • Housekeeping
    • Groundskeeping
    If you are interested in any of the above volunteering areas please indicate this in your initial message to Nina.

    Two years ago we purchased a 73-bedroom hotel and are in the last stages of building a Buddhist Temple onsite. Our new meditation center is nestled behind Beacon Hill and sits on 20 acres of land located just 50 minutes from the Grand Canyon. It is adjacent to the Kaibab National Forest known for its aromatic ponderosa pine trees.

    Along with creating a beautiful Temple, we are also updating different parts of the hotel to better serve our needs. The retreat center hosts many programs throughout the year to appeal to a range of students and guests.

    Our Workaway program is a great way to experience life at a Buddhist retreat center, learn about Buddhism & meditation, and put your compassion and love for others into action. In exchange for volunteering, Workawayers receive accommodation and three vegetarian meals a day.

    Normally, Workaway opportunities last for a duration of one week. We are flexible with the start and end day. There is the opportunity to stay for more than one week, however this depends on the amount of work we have available and how well the first week goes.

    If you are interested in Workaway opportunity with us please send us a message with the email address and phone number of one reference person whom we can contact (if you don’t already have feedback on your profile from a previous host). This helps us ensure harmony in the community and is very helpful!

    FYI— we do have one dog and one cat on the property, however we are unable to accept Workawayers who have pets at this time, as accomodations are in male and female dorms.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • 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 are an international retreat center and will be hosting a diverse group of volunteers, students and teachers from all around the world. There are innumerable ways people can benefit from a cultural exchange. Within our small group, we already represent well travelled people from all over the US and the world. We eat communal meals together and share stories and laughter. There are always opportunities to learn about meditation and all aspects of the Buddhist way of life from our experienced practitioners.

    We look forward to welcoming workaway visitors from all areas. We hope to learn from their culture, we're always looking for new dishes to cook, and new skills to help with establishing our Center.

  • Help


    The help at our center varies depending on season and types of projects – assisting with cleanup, house cleaning, light construction, accommodations preparation and housekeeping, office help, and light landscaping and gardening are examples. The winter time also involves snow shoveling.

    Please pack and dress accordingly for help for the season that you wish to come. For example, snow boots and warm clothes and jackets are a must for the winter, and good work boots and hot weather clothing is beneficial for the summer time.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Volunteer visitors stay in our dormitories; please bring your own sleeping bag & towel. Bathrooms are shared. All meals are vegetarian; breakfast is self-serve and lunch and dinner are community vegetarian buffets. There are usually many vegan options for all meals as well.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our meditation center is part of a large international spiritual community dedicated to achieving world peace through following the Buddhist path. We are a small community of residents, people who live on site, including ordained monks and nuns. Our community strives to exemplify Buddhist practice through public service in their daily lives.

    We are located near Williams, AZ, know as the gateway to the Grand Canyon. There is easy driving access to many wonderful places to visit in the surrounding area such as Sedona and Antelope Canyon. Hiking trails are directly accessible from our property.

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    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, 5 days a week maximum

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