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Join an historic project living and working at a Buddhist center on the north coast of California.

Join an historic project living and working at a Buddhist center on the north coast of California. Learn many new skills as you help create over 2,000 large Prayers Wheels to surround the Main Temple. The purpose of the Odiyan Retreat Center year-long project is to reverse the negative momentum of our world, restore balance in nature and heal the pain of so many beings who are victims of war, hatred and natural disasters. Develop yourself in the karma yoga of mindfulness and compassion in action. Includes housing, vegetarian meals, meditation, classes and the opportunity to live in a truly unique, healthy and spiritually oriented environment.

Backdoorjobs.com • Short-Term Job AdventuresIn the silence of meditation, the soulful songs of Sufi dance, the vitality and healthful benefits of yoga, the study of ancient disciplines of the East, or the healing techniques of Gestalt therapy, holistic retreat centers are providing something that's missing in so many people's lives—food for the soul.

From ecovillages and artist communities to yoga institutes and Zen centers, this channel offers unique opportunities for hard work, personal growth, reflection and rejuvenation, spiritual exploration and community building. The work component at each center is generally basic and rudimentary; however, a collection of stimulating classes and workshops, connecting with inspiring and supportive people and indulging in fresh, organic meals may be the hiatus you need to reawaken your soul.

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In the Spotlight

With the belief that connection and renewal are essential to the health of the human spirit, Shadowcliff is an eco-friendly mountain sanctuary nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Grand Lake, Colorado.

Shadowcliff is now seeking summer guest and hospitality staff! Eco Lodge seeks Seasonal Staff! Located at 8,400 feet in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge is a nonprofit educational lodge and retreat center with a mission to help build a more restorative world. With the belief that connection and renewal are essential to the health of the human spirit, Shadowcliff guests are invited to come experience a magical eco-mountain sanctuary filled with energy and life, and to learn, reflect, renew, reconnect and have a great time. Seasonal Rotating Staff will assist in guest registration and hospitality, meal preparation, housekeeping, maintenance, painting, and working inside and outdoors. Staff are encouraged to connect with guests in the Shadowcliff community and assist in educational opportunities, interpretative programs, and hikes. Compensation includes a $550/month stipend plus a share of guest gratuities, dormitory style housing, meals, and an opportunity to connect with a diverse group of guests, staff and volunteers. A 30 to 35-hour work week offers ample opportunity to get out and explore the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding areas. The summer season runs approximately from May 21st through October 1st. Preference will be given to individuals who can commit to the full season, although candidates for shorter lengths of stay will be considered. Applicants must be at least 18 years old (20+ preferred), love the outdoors, and able to work effectively with a diverse staff and guests. To apply, fill out the online application (three references are required) or contact Carl Sniffen for more information.

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Seasonal Cook Also Needed!
Shadowcliff is also seeking a Cook who will plan menus to make the best use of seasonal and local foods, work with vendors and suppliers in food purchasing, train and direct rotating kitchen assistants, educate staff and guests about the Compassionate Kitchen philosophy, and keep the kitchen in top shape and in accordance with best food practices.

The Shadowcliff kitchen is filled with delicious, nourishing food, camaraderie, and freshness.

Shadowcliff and the Grand Lake area are great places to work if you enjoy the outdoors, love nature, like to hike or enjoy spending quiet time reading a good book or visiting with guests or friends.

Come live, work and play high in the Rocky Mountains! Shadowcliff and the Grand Lake area are great places to work if you enjoy the outdoors, love nature, like to hike or enjoy spending quiet time reading a good book or visiting with guests or friends.

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Odiyan Retreat Center: Meaningful work to preserve enlightened knowledge!

For over 40 years, thousands of volunteers from all over the world have been contributing their time and energy to the gardens, temples and sacred art of Odiyan Buddhist Retreat Center.

Program in the Spotlight Odiyan Retreat Center is a 1,000-acre spiritual and ecological sanctuary high on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Northern California. Modeled after Tibet's first monastery—a three-dimensional mandala, Odiyan models a way of life that integrates work with a path of self-exploration. The expansive projects and demanding schedule provide a stable foundation for a wholesome life style of physical work, community involvement and personal development. Currently seeking individuals who can commit to six months or more and have the physical health and stamina for daily manual work and the desire to engage themselves in a program that challenges the body, mind and spirit. You will receive housing in a large room with balcony and WiFi, home-cooked vegetarian meals, optional classes in Tibetan yoga and Skillful Means & meditation, a $75 per month living allowance for the first six months ($150/month thereafter), and access to a healthy setting of nature, hiking trails, swimming, wide-open spaces, sacred beauty and fresh air. Although Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, no religious affiliation is required. Current volunteer work includes construction, metal work, landscaping, gardening and vegetarian cooking. The ideal volunteer is open-minded, self-reflective and ready to engage deeply on both inner and outer levels. Learn more at Volunteer.Odiyan.org.

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Experience the Extraordinary @ Odiyan
Join Odiyan for their special 2018 construction project creating over 2,000 large Prayers Wheels for the purpose of reversing the negative momentum of our would and promoting world peace. Also seeking two vegetable gardeners.

Odiyan is home to a crew of hardy volunteers donating their energy and time to the projects, buildings and lands of this Northern California Retreat Center.

Learn many new skills as you help create over 2,000 large Prayers Wheels to surround the Main Temple.

See more images of living and working in one of the most spectacular Buddhist centers in the world. Join a community of like-minded individuals dedicating themselves to work for the benefit of all humanity.

Experience the Beauty of Ratna Ling.

Volunteer and stay at Ratna Ling Retreat Center in the redwood-studded coastal hills of Sonoma County, California. Ratna Ling is a non-profit, all volunteer staffed retreat center for education, healing and spirituality in everyday life. Be in a spiritual community of like-minded people dedicated to service to humanity. The Ratna Ling Volunteer Program offers accommodations, vegetarian meals, some guided and some self-study Buddhist classes, a small monthly living allowance, and opportunities to train in a wide range of practical vocational and business skills. Volunteer Resident staff are needed in the kitchen, guest facilities, outdoors (gardening, groundskeeping and maintenance), and in the Book Bindery (no experience required). Free evening classes including meditation, Tibetan yoga, and Buddhist philosophy give participants in this program a chance to deepen their knowledge and facilitate self-development. If you like to work hard, are willing to view work as a source of learning, and possess a strong commitment to personal growth, then you will thrive in this environment. The initial commitment is six months to a year with a 4-week trial period. Must be at least 30 years of age (younger applicants will be considered on a case by case basis), couples are welcome, and need not be Buddhist or have any religious affiliation to apply. For more information, email volunteer@ratnaling.org or apply now.

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Experience hands-on spirituality in an intentional community guided by the teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Interested in developing your unique potential? The Ratna Ling Volunteer Program invites participants to learn and grow while living in a spiritual community of volunteers from around the world.

Looking for an opportunity to unite practical accomplishment with spiritual development? Immerse yourself in a lifestyle that combines aspects of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition with a strong work ethic of accomplishment for the benefit of all humanity.

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Clear Sky Retreat Centre: Learning Together.Come join Clear Sky Center, a vibrant international community working with people who have a heart for spiritual exploration and who want to awaken more deeply. Whether you are in transition, yearning to experience life in community, or have been curious about meditation and haven’t found the time or money to take a long retreat, Karma Yoga Service Stays are an opportunity to commit to a period of retreat through meditation in action, study and personal growth in return for sharing your experience in a particular field. The Center is currently seeking individuals who can assist in one or more of the following areas: administrative and IT assistance, maintenance, marketing strategy and support, event coordination, kitchen assistance and farm/food forest support. A diverse group of on-site managers will actively support your integration into the program, your involvement and ultimately your path to exploring your potential for more. You will receive daily meditation instruction and practice, Dharma mindfulness training, classes, retreats, community-based activities and learning, comfortable shared accommodations, and three organic and locally sourced meals daily. To apply, fill out the online application or connect with Michelle Heinz for more information. Eligible candidates will be asked to join Clear Sky for a one-month trial period (a $750 refundable deposit is required). After this period, a minimum commitment of two additional months will be required.

How it works — is Karma Yoga for you?

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Learn how to engage, enliven and grow yourself and those around you!

Challenge yourself, reap the benefits. The Karma Yoga Service Program is not merely about fulfilling a job description, but how you engage with others to produce an outcome that’s greater than yourself.

Learn how to engage, enliven and grow yourself and those around you! The Clear Sky Karma Yoga Service Stay is an opportunity for anyone seeking lasting personal growth while sharing their skills and experience in a conscious and welcoming community.

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Coming to Rowe is a pilgrimage, traveling a distance from our accustomed place to enter a sacred space, where we are transformed. Eventually we return to the turbulent world, as all pilgrims do, infused with fresh energy, courage, and love.

Located in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Rowe Camp and Conference Center offers a unique summer camp program for youth and adults as well as weekend retreats delivered from renowned leaders on psychology, spirituality, arts, health, creativity, the environment, and relationships during the fall through spring seasons. The Cooking Internship is an opportunity to learn vegetarian cooking and bread baking from Rowe's wonderful cooks over a 3-month minimum commitment. This program has all the features of the basic work-study program with the exception that you will not be able to attend conferences, as you'll be cooking for them. Summer positions include Camp Program and Cabin staff, a Head Cook, Cooks, Kitchen Housekeeper/Prep Cooks and Maintenance staff. Summer positions run as early as April through October, and include a weekly wage plus room and board. The Volunteer Residency Program is a chance for people who want to slow down, take stock, explore new directions, engage in creative and meaningful work, and be a part of a value-based, supportive community. Participants work 33 hours per week in exchange for room, board, and the opportunity to participate in the Rowe’s many programs. The residency can last from six weeks to a year, anytime from Labor Day until late June. Volunteer stays last anywhere from six weeks to a year, and work is arranged by matching your skills and preferences with Rowe's needs, which may include housekeeping, buildings and grounds maintenance, office work, and more. To apply, fill out the appropriate application and email it to Paulette Roccio.

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The Volunteer Residency Program is a chance for people who want to slow down, take stock, explore new directions, engage in creative and meaningful work, and be a part of a value-based, supportive community.

The Cooking Internship is an opportunity to learn vegetarian cooking and bread baking from Rowe's wonderful cooks over a 3-month minimum commitment.

Are you at a transition point in your life? Do you want to explore who you really are and where you're going? Whether you are recently retired, just finishing college, or taking a break from your current work, the Rowe Center Volunteer Residency Program or Cooking Internship may be just what you need.

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Omega: Workshops, Retreats, Trainings, Conferences, Vacations

Each year over 350 staff members with diverse backgrounds join Omega's vibrant learning community to work and grow alongside like-minded people.

Program in the Spotlight A season at the Omega Institute offers a unique opportunity to live in community, work in service, and to learn about yourself and others. The seasonal staff are instrumental in producing a fantastic guest experience for the workshop, conference, and retreat participants at the Rhinebeck, NY campus. Seasonal Staff Community Members will live and work in a vibrant learning community on Omega's beautiful 250-acre campus, enjoy delicious meals in a mostly vegetarian dining hall, and have access to more than 3,000 staff classes in everything from yoga, the arts, energy healing, coaching, and so much more. Benefits include a weekly wage, indoor housing on Omega’s campus, wholesome meals, discounts at the Omega Store, Omega Café and Omega Wellness Center and access to campus facilities, concerts and dances. To fulfill the many departmental needs, Omega is currently looking for service-oriented people with skills in such areas as hospitality, customer service, gardening, audio/visual, lifeguards with water-front module certification, food service cooks, and luggage handlers. Applicants must commit to 6 months during the months of April through October (part-time positions are also available for a shorter term). If you are creative, enthusiastic, responsible, willing to learn and are seeking ways to make our world more healthy and humane, consider joining the Omega team! Learn more about the Omega Seasonal Community Member Experience »

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2018 Seasonal Opportunities
Work at a beautiful retreat center in Rhinebeck, NY. Omega Institute is currently accepting applications for residential and non-residential seasonal positions beginning this spring through October. Apply now!

Omega Institute • Transforming Lives

From 18 year olds to retirees, Community Members come from all walks of life. Many individuals in mid-life also find that a season at Omega is an ideal experience during a life transition or career change. Together, Omega Community Members all play an integral role in co-creating Omega’s vibrant learning community—a responsive, nurturing, and supportive atmosphere in which to work, study, play, rest and recharge.

Menla is a hidden mountain oasis, featuring spiritual and wellness retreats as well as exclusive getaways and the world class Dewa Spa.

Menla Mountain Retreat is now hiring for the 2017 Season! Set on 325 acres in the heart of the historic Catskill Mountains of New York and surrounded by a stunning national forest preserve, Menla is a perfect environment for engaging your spiritual practice and artistic expression. Support staff are needed from mid-March through December (with a 6-month minimum commitment) in the following positions:

Front of House: Serving as the face of Menla, you will act as the primary interface between the diversity of guests and staff.
Kitchen: As the heart and hearth of Menla, you will work closely with the Chef in the preparation of three locally sourced meals a day for 30-200 people.
Maintenance: Help to facilitate the beautification and upkeep of Menla's stunning property and work closely with the rest of the maintenance team.
Housekeeping: Helping to facilitate the smooth transition between retreats, Housekeepers work together to clean meeting spaces and turn over guest rooms.
Spa and Wellness Coordinator: Assist with administrative and operational tasks for Menla’s world-class healing spa and wellness facility. Responsibilities include spa appointment scheduling, invoicing, point of sale processes, and interfacing with therapists and guests.

Compensation for full-time residential staff is $10/hour, less a state set housing deduction. A free shift meal is provided, and an optional meal plan is available. After work enjoy hiking trails, swimming pools, free attendance of Tibet House teachings, various yoga and meditation classes, bi-monthly staff sauna days, and discounts on massage treatments and bookstore items. To apply, fill out the online application or email Nina Gramaglia for more information.

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Working at Menla provides an opportunity to give service to a deeply important cause!

Immerse yourself in the magic of our pristine forests, explore hiking trails, encounter local wildlife, and discover a rich tapestry of activities including workshops with world renowned teachers, yoga and meditation, Tibetan therapies and so much more.

Work for a noble cause. Gain valuable job experience. Pursue personal development. Live in a beautiful mountain valley. Enjoy incredible outdoor activities. Play with a great team of staff members. Menla Mountain Retreat is a wonderful place for people with a range of interests — working here will be dynamic, inspiring and fun! View the Menla experience »

Celebrate Your Life!

Attend workshops that will open your heart, awaken your spirit and fill your soul with joy—a spectacular and powerful weekend event featuring the country's top authors and speakers. Explore Celebrate Your Life for an upcoming conference.

Lilipoh ~ the spirit in life

Interested in holistic health, well-being, creativity, spirituality, gardening, education, art or social health? LILIPOH is a well-rounded, solution-oriented lifestyles magazine for creative, green-minded, thinking individuals.

The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life

Learn more about this book on Amazon.com Are you the type of person who loves variety, new challenges or juggling multiple interests? Perhaps you're dreaming about working on a farm, leading worldwide adventure tours or starting your own business? If you're feeling overwhelmed or scattered by all the passions you enjoy in life, the Renaissance Soul will provide you with down-to-earth insights on focusing your energy in the now while becoming more creative over the course of your life.

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