Ratna Ling Retreat Center

Northern California Buddhist Community

Work and live in the redwood coastal hills of Sonoma County, CA at beautiful Ratna Ling, a retreat center in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in  northern CA. Be in a spiritual community of like-minded people dedicated to service to humanity through a wide variety of projects both local and global. 

This year-round volunteer work-study opportunity combines meaningful work with opportunities for self-growth. Includes housing, meals, small living allowance, classes. Need not be Buddhist to apply. Seeking those with a sincere interest and a strong work ethic.

Ratna Ling Center

Our Jobs

Book Binding, Maintenance, Gardening, Kitchen Staff, Housekeeping

To learn more about living and volunteering at Ratna Ling please see our website.

Room and Board

Delicious vegetarian, mostly organic meals. We are known for our great food! 

Housing is shared by twos, cozy cabins with private bathroom and outdoor deck.

Employee Perks

  • Healthy setting of nature, wide open spaces, sacred beauty, fresh air, clean water, nutritious food
  • Wholesome lifestyle of meaningful work, inner development, taking responsibility
  • Classes and discussion groups on practical integration of Buddhist principles in everyday life
  • Job training in marketable skills

Please review our web site for descriptions of the many types of work-study positions we have available within our projects and organization.

Baking breadDelish vegetarian buffet!

Getting Here and Getting Around

Ratna Ling Retreat Center is located  about 100 miles north of San Francisco in the Redwood landscape of the Sonoma Coastal range. Ratna Ling can be reached by car, bus or airport shuttle from both the Oakland airport and the San Francisco airport. Travel to and from our location is at your own expense. Jan in the bindery working in the garden

How to Apply

Contact our Work-Study program office at 707-847-3777 ext. 115  or email us at volunteer@ratnaling.org

Length of commitment is 6 months to one year. 

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Season: Year Round

Housing: Shared Room

Location: California