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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?
Are you eager for meaningful work and a wholesome lifestyle? Join Odiyan Retreat Center, a spiritual and ecological sanctuary in northern California. Learn new skills and share your knowledge while making a contribution to preserving the wisdom tradition of Tibet. The Odiyan way of life integrates creative and challenging work with a path of self-exploration that opens your inner potential. You will engage in gardening, cooking, construction, sacred art production and more. No religious affiliation required. Includes housing, vegetarian meals, classes and 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 coming to Odiyan to contribute their time and energy to the preservation and protection of the spiritual heritage of Tibet.

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 23-50, 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

Winter Season Volunteer Alert
Apply now for Cooking, Construction, Gardening, Landscaping and Sacred Art Production positions starting January 2016 and beyond.

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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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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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Open Positions @ Kalani!
Kalani is currently accepting applications for the winter Sabbatical Program and Volunteers beginning January 2016 and beyond. Those with the most flexibility (timing, department, camping/housing) may receive priority placement in the volunteer program. Apply now!

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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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 Work-Study 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. 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. 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. In addition to the year-round volunteer program, summer positions include a Head Cook, Cooks (3), Kitchen Housekeeper/Prep Cooks (3) and Maintenance. Summer compensation ranges from $200-$250/week plus room and board. To apply, fill out the appropriate application and email it to Paulette Roccio.

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The Work-Study 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 Work-Study or Cooking Internship program 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 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 wage up to $167 per week, 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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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.

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

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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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