Ratna Ling Retreat Center

Live, Work, Learn and Give Back


Enjoy rewarding work dedicated to serving humanity, while participating in an integrated learning program.

Ratna Ling Retreat Center is an intentional community located in the beautiful coastal redwoods of Northern California. Grounded in the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, Ratna Ling offers residential volunteers the opportunity for self-exploration and growth while living and working in a community setting. As a non-profit organization, its larger purpose and mission is to support the preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist culture.


Our Jobs

We accept full-time volunteers year-round to fill positions related to:

  • Yeshe De Text Preservation Project

  • Groundskeeper/Maintenance

  • Retreat/Event Planning and Sales

  • Marketing and Public Relations

  • Landscaping

  • Gardening

  • Chef, Vegetarian Cuisine

  • Guest Services

  • Project Coordinator for Dharma Publishing

  • Web and Creative Design

Our Classes

As part of our program, volunteers have the opportunity to participate in classes related to Buddhist practice and study in the areas of Skillful Means (how work can be a path to inner knowledge), Kum Nye (a style of Tibetan yogic practices), Buddhist history and philosophy, Meditation and more. For a detailed description of classes and sample schedule, please visit our website - http://ratnalingworkstudy.com/ratna-ling-work-study-program-schedule/.

Accommodations, Stipend and Perks

As a Ratna Ling volunteer you will receive:

  • Living allowance of $150 per month.

  • Housing in modern cabins with a private bath, outdoor deck and gas fireplace.

  • Free laundry facilities, WI-FI and domestic phone calls.

  • Delicious vegetarian meals, tea and coffee.

  • Evening classes covering a variety of Buddhist studies

  • Opportunity to engage in an environment where meaningful work and self-development are valued.

  • Clean, fresh air, wide open spaces, natural beauty, close proximity to hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean.

  • The support of a caring, actively engaged community that encourages and builds meaningful interpersonal relationships.

We are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism and exploring work as a path to inner freedom. Our weekly schedule is rigorous (6 days a week) and rewarding!

How To Apply

Please visit our website or call (707)847-3777x115

 

Our Jobs

  • Yeshe De Text Preservation Project

  • Groundskeeper/Maintenance

  • Retreat/Event Planning and Sales

  • Marketing and Public Relations

  • Landscaping

  • Gardening

  • Chef, Vegetarian Cuisine

  • Guest Services

  • Project Coordinator for Dharma Publishing

  • Web and Creative Design

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.

Lunch on the patio

    
Book bindery work                                        Volunteer gardener

    
Volunteer artist at work                                   Shipping

 

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

Age Requirement: 23

Location: California