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Live and work at Odiyan Retreat Center on one thousand breathtakingly beautiful acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Northern CA.

Are you ready to challenge your body, mind and spirit?
Volunteer at Odiyan Retreat Center, a spiritual and ecological sanctuary based on Buddhist teachings. The Odiyan way of life integrates creative and challenging work with a path of self-exploration that opens your inner potential. You will learn new skills, engage your mind and replenish your spirit in a wholesome, beautiful environment where accomplishment and learning about yourself go hand-in-hand. Includes classes about Buddhism, a wide variety of work and sacred arts, vegetarian meals and a living allowance.

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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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, ages 23-45, who have the physical health and stamina for daily manual work and wish to engage themselves in a program that challenges the body, mind and spirit. You will receive housing, meals, optional classes in Tibetan yoga and Skillful Means, meditation and a $150 per month living allowance. Although Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, no religious affiliation is required. Current volunteer work includes construction, landscaping, gardening, vegetarian cooking, art and sculpture. Minimum commitment is six months. Volunteer.Odiyan.org

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Experience the Extraordinary @ Odiyan
Do you enjoy hands-on work fabricating large-scale projects in metal, clay or wood? Now seeking Resident Volunteers at the Odiyan Foundry. Gardeners, Landscapers and all-around Handymen/women also needed!

Photographs and words cannot convey the vast and expansive sacred beauty of Odiyan.

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.

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 Work-Study Retreat Program offers accommodations, vegetarian meals, Buddhist classes, a small monthly living allowance, and opportunities to train in a wide range of practical vocational and business skills. Current job openings include a Retreat & Event Planning Specialist, Marketing & Graphic Design Specialist, Vegetarian Cuisine Chef, Gardener, Groundskeeper & Maintenance and 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. Must be at least 23 years of age and need not be Buddhist or have any religious affiliation to apply. For more information, email [email protected] or apply now.

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

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. View Photos »

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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, 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. For more info or to apply, email your resume and application form Word Application Form to Michelle Heinz. 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.

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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. Is Karma Yoga for you?

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Kalani is Hawaii's largest retreat center, and one of the best-loved centers in the world. Visitors from around the world come for personal and group yoga retreats and the colorful mix of performing arts, nature, adventure, culture, wellness, and diverse programming.
Surrounded by thermal springs, tidal pools, waterfalls, botanical gardens, black sand beaches and spectacular Volcanoes National Park, Kalani treats visitors to Hawaii's aloha spirit, offering transformative cultural and wellness experiences. Kalani's Volunteer Program is an extraordinary way for people from all over the world to experience community life in Hawaii in an affordable way. Over 125 volunteers support the daily operations of this charitable retreat center. Volunteers assist in kitchen, housekeeping, maintenance or horticulture four days each week. The initial time commitment is either one, two or three months, with options for extending. The tuition fee includes a living space (Camping: 2 months—$1,400; 3 months—$1,650 or Lodging: 2 months—$1,800; 3 months—$1,950), three healthy meals a day (vegetarian & vegan options available), weekly activities, full use of facilities (including a clothing-optional swimming pool, hot tubs, sauna, workout room), and vacation time (for personal relaxation, exploration or intensive study). Nearby attractions include volcano and rainforest treks, dolphin swims, and snorkeling. Volunteers receive reduced rates for adventures, massage and some workshops. Kalani's weekly schedule of 50+ classes in yoga/wellness, Hawaiian culture, and performing arts is free for volunteers. Kalani's one-month Sabbatical Program offers further benefits and requires two days work per week. If you are ready to be a part of a thriving community based on serving with aloha, mutual respect and open communication, contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more info, watch the volunteer video or go directly to Kalani's application page. It's recommended you apply 6-9 months prior to your preferred start date.

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Hot Jobs @ Kalani!
Currently accepting Volunteer applications for the summer and fall season and beyond. Those with the most flexibility (timing, department, camping/housing) may receive priority placement.
There is limited availability in Sabbatical Program for August.
They have an immediate opening for Journeyman Electricians in the Skilled Trades Program.

Become part of a community of friendly, spirited, and hardworking individuals whose dedication and creativity make Kalani a special place to live.

Upon arrival at the Kalani Village, each volunteer is provided with a journal to capture his or her own growth and lessons learned, through writing and artwork—a necessary tool to prepare for life's next adventure. For many new Volunteers, Kalani holds the promise of a new direction, a new adventure and a new way of life. Learn more about one Volunteer's exciting work adventure at Kalani »

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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 200-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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Current Hiring Needs @ Omega!
Residential Seasonal Service Corps Members commit to a part-time schedule of up to 28 hours per week for at least 4 weeks. Seeking applicants with interest and experience in all departments!
Residential Seasonal Staff Members commit to a full-time schedule through October.

Omega Institute • Transforming Lives

From 18 year olds to retirees, Community Members come from all walks of life. Many individuals in mid-life 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.

Did you know? Menla Mountain Retreat  is operated by Tibet House U.S., whose mission is to help preserve the culture and wisdom of Tibet.Set on 325 acres in the heart of the historic Catskill Mountains of New York and surrounded by a stunning national forest preserve, Menla Mountain Retreat is a perfect environment for engaging your spiritual practice and artistic expression. Support staff are needed from mid-March through December (with a 3-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 meals a day for 30-100 people.
Maintenance: Help to facilitate the beautification and upkeep of Menla's stunning property and work closely with the rest of the maintenance team.

Compensation includes a $200/week stipend, housing, wholesome meals (vegans, vegetarians and healthy eaters are at home here) and WiFi access. After work, enjoy the hiking trails, swimming pool, meditation sanctuary, yoga studio and Menla-hosted programs. The staff is small and everybody will wear many hats. If you are self-motivated, hard working, friendly, flexible, dedicated and have excellent customer service skills, fill out the online application or email Nina Gramaglia for more info.

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Menla Mountain Resort is a great place for people with a range of interests — working here will be dynamic, inspiring, and fun!

As the heart and hearth of Menla, Kitchen Staff will work closely with the Chef in the preparation of three meals a day for 30-100 people.

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 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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