Odiyan Retreat Center – http://www.odiyan.org
Odiyan is an all-volunteer non-profit Buddhist center dedicated to meaningful work, wholesome living and the development of mind and spirit. Odiyan’s mission is to provide a home for Buddhism in the West and to support Buddhist cultures in Asia. The Odiyan way of life integrates creative and challenging work with a path of self-exploration that opens up your inner potential.
Founded in 1975 by Venerable Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, Odiyan Retreat Center is located on a 1000-acre spiritual and ecological preserve in rural Northern California, north of San Francisco. Unlike most Buddhist centers, Odiyan is only open to people who want to live and work with us for at least six months.
Although Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, no religious affiliation is required to join the team. The ideal volunteer is open-minded, self-reflective and ready to engage deeply on both internally and with the work. Couples are welcome (although Odiyan cannot accept children or animal companions).
All residents receive vegetarian meals, housing, small living allowance $100 per month, classes on Tibetan yoga, Buddhism, mindfulness, as well as training in a wide variety of practical skills and trades.
Applicants need to be in good physical shape and able to engage manual work for hours at a time (includes lifting, bending, kneeling, standing, walking and use of small machinery).
Join us! You will have a life-changing experience that you will never forget!
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