ARC Retreat Community

Live in Intentional Community: simply, sustainably, spiritually.

Join a progressive thinking, spiritual based, and service oriented community that lives on-site, engages daily meditation, and operates a vibrant retreat center.

East central Minnesota. 

About ARC Retreat Community

ARC (action, reflection, celebration) is an inter-spiritual retreat center operated by a resident community serving individuals and groups seeking time apart, rest and spiritual renewal. ARC is nestled on 90 acres of pristine wetlands and majestic white pine forest an hour north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. 

ARC's intentional community members offer their lives in service and hold the sacred space for guests to reflect, renew and heal. Nourish your mind, body and soul with community connections, homemade vegetarian meals and deep conversations with guests. We work hard and join together for the common purpose of serving guests and growing spiritually on our individual paths. 

ARC has a 40 year old log lodge where community members and guests stay in separate wings of the building. We have a hermitage and a log cottage for guests. Community members are welcome to use the spaces when they are unoccupied. 

The Employee Experience

*LIVE* in Intentional Community: simply, sustainably, spiritually.

*ENJOY* purposeful and meaningful work.  

*JOIN * a progressive thinking, spiritually based, and service oriented intentional community that lives on-site, engages in daily meditation, and operates a retreat center. 

Our days together are filled with joy and laughter, as we work together to hold sacred space and offer nourishing vegetarian meals to guests in a safe and welcoming environment. 

We meditate together twice daily (8 am and 7:30 pm) for 20 minutes in silence, and have morning check-ins and evening check-outs. As a community we work together on most daily tasks or if preferred, may also carry them out individually.

We also spend time together having fun and capturing our inner-child, taking walks, playing games such as hide and seek in the lodge, going sledding, playing pickle-ball, shooting pool, or other outings as the community decides. 

Ideal Candidate

These positions offer an extraordinary opportunity for those with a passion for community living, spiritual growth, hospitality, service, and environmental stewardship.

Community members:

  • fully support the mission and values of ARC
  • work with others in a partnership/team 
  • grow in personal spirituality in a communal setting
  • possess maturity for life in community, and ability to handle interpersonal conflicts with self-awareness and objectivity
  • carry out physical responsibilities and work (dishwashing, vacuuming, climbing stairs, working with wood, outdoor work, etc.) and lift heavy objects (25 to 35 lbs)
  • communicate effectively (excellent English)
  • work long days in a community setting including spending significant time engaging in deep conversations with guests over meals
  • possess problem solving skills, organizational abilities, and creative initiative 
  • believe in the full equality of all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ethnicity, and physical ability (dimension of ARC’s vision)
  • have the desire to make a real difference in a relevant, established retreat center, living and working in community, and to have fun along the way!

Please note, a United States Work Permit or other permissions to work in the US is required for all positions. 

Room and Board

A private room with a private or shared bathroom is provided for all community members (some rooms are adjacent, but with a door dividing them). All community lodging is in the lodge, with one wing for community members and the other for guests. Quarters are close with several apartments next to each other. 

Meals are provided for all community members during their time on-site. The ARC kitchen is well known for its wholesome, homemade vegetarian food. The simple and tasty meals respect the global view that invites us to live more with less. Part of our understanding of what it means to live a simpler lifestyle includes trying to consume less and to eat a more wholesome diet. We cook and bake with whole grains, use less sugar, and rely on vegetables and legumes as a primary source of protein. 

Employee Perks

Benefits include up to five weeks of time off (annually), with public assistance health coverage available through MNSure, two personal days per week. Guests who would normally visit you in your home can come and stay for free (some limitations apply). Twenty-five percent discount in the book/gift store. Use of the guest spaces when no guests are present is also a great perk! 

Getting Here and Getting Around

There is local public transport available by appointment that will take you to Cambridge (our nearest town) and North Branch (where buses to Minneapolis/Saint Paul can be arranged). A car is helpful, but other community members have vehicles and can provide rides to Minneapolis/Saint Paul pretty regularly as well. 

For Fun

ARC has several trails on site for walking and cross-country skiing. We're located on a four mile square of dirt road that is great for walking, biking or for jogging once the ice thaws. There's a labyrinth on-site. There's a lake within walking distance for canoeing, kayaking, fishing or just for gazing upon. 

You'll have at least 6 other community members to have fun with, whether it's a game of hide-and-seek in the lodge, games, movie night with our projector, sledding or a night out getting burgers and playing pool, we're usually up for something. 

Cambridge is about 12 minutes away and offers a movie theater, independent bookstore, and fantastic co-op. Minneapolis/ St. Paul is also an easy day-trip with just about everything you could want. 

Our Jobs

From its inception, ARC has been operated by a small group of stipend volunteers who live on-site in intentional community and offer the gift of hospitality to guests.
 
Life at ARC offers an extraordinary opportunity for those with a passion for community living, environmental stewardship, spiritual growth, hospitality, and service.

We welcome community members who resonate with the ARC values, want to grow spiritually, have heart for service, maturity for living in community, endurance for full days, and want to try a different way of life!

We accept applications on an ongoing basis and you can sign up to be notified as positions become available. 

Room (private with a private or shared bathroom), board (from scratch, vegetarian meals), and a stipend (which varies based on the position and length of commitment) are provided. Benefits include up to five weeks of time off (annually), with public assistance health coverage available through MNSure. A US work permit is required. 

The community includes: 

  • Executive Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Land and Facilities Manager 
  • Kitchen Manager
  • Housekeeping Manager
  • Spirituality and Guest Services 
  • Land and Facilities Assistant
  • Short-term Community Member

ARC’s vision commits employees to a belief in the full equality of all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ethnicity, and physical ability. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the vision and mission of ARC before applying.

Housekeeping Manager

The primary focus of this position is to have primary responsibility for the cleanliness and look of the entire interior of the three guest buildings to create a sacred space for guests. Key responsibilities include: • Be a full participant in community life through attending daily meditation/silent prayer (morning and evenings for 20 minutes each), attend community meetings and activities, participation in community meals and with guests. • Have a commitment to the sacredness of space that offers comfort and care to all who experience retreat. • Ensure clean, safe, and welcoming environment for guests. • Lead and complete housekeeping duties, including laundry, cleaning and preparing spaces for guests (including special requests), maintaining communal spaces and deep cleaning. • Leadership and management skills are required for the recruitment and supervision of volunteers and on-call hourly staff. You will need: • strong organizational and management skills with strong attention to detail • ability to schedule tasks needing to be done with the flexible schedules of guests • to work with others in a partnership/team and work well with a supervisor • ability to carry out physical responsibilities (dishwashing, vacuuming, making beds, climbing stairs, set-up needs for guests, working with wood) and to lift heavy objects (up to 35 lbs) • understand housekeeping as both a skill and an art; bring a care for the hospitality and cleanliness of the rooms and creation of sacred space • communicate and lead effectively in order to ensure smooth processes and • oversight of volunteers and hourly or repair staff • possess problem solving skills, organizational abilities, and creative initiative • believe in the full equality of all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, ethnicity, and physical ability • have the desire to make a real difference in a relevant, established retreat center, living and working on 90 acres of white pine forest, and to have fun along the way Benefits: This position has a one to three year term. Benefits: Full room (private room with bathroom) and board (vegetarian meals from scratch), $750/month, health insurance through MNSure, up to five weeks off annually, two personal days per week, $1,250 annually in medical and wellness reimbursements.

Land and Facilities Assistant

Work in a similar capacity as our land and facilities manager, with a short-term commitment of 1 month to 1 year and a stipend of $250 for months 1-6 and $400 for any month following. Inquire at apply@arcretreat.org for more information.

Land and Facilities Manager

*ENJOY* purposeful and meaningful work as the manager and caretaker for four buildings (lodge, cottage, hermitage, garage), a wooded property, organic garden and equipment. To thrive in this role, you’ll need to enjoy working independently within a team, have 3+ years of facilities management experience with general working knowledge of household systems, vehicles, and ability to perform routine maintenance, basic repairs and installations. We are seeking a motivated individual who communicates well, has a commitment to spiritual practice, emotional maturity, a sense of call to serve others, an attention to detail in all things, and a belief in the equality of all people to keep ARC well maintained, as a safe and welcoming environment for guests. This position has a one to three year term (short-term assistant position also available). Stipend of $750 per month, room (private room with shared bathroom) and board (vegetarian, from scratch) provided; up to five weeks of time off (annually), two personal days off per week, free wifi, health insurance available through MNSure. Couples of all varieties welcome. Other positions available include land and facilities assistant, short-term community member (generalist position) and spirituality and guest services. More information can be found on the ARC website: www.ARCretreat.org. HOW TO APPLY Email your resume to apply@arcretreat.org, complete the skills survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R7ZB33Y, review the ARC website and email a brief (1-3 paragraph) description of yourself and how this would be a good match between you and the ARC (vision/mission/values) at this time in your life.

Spirituality and Guest Services

We are seeking a community member focused on spirituality and guest services to bring a depth of spiritual knowledge and experience; offer spiritual direction to guests and community members; provide excellent hospitality; recruit, schedule, and supervise overnight volunteers; and offer assistance in all areas of daily chores. Key responsibilities include: -Offer hospitality to guests, including welcoming them and helping them with whatever they need while on site, working with staff to plan logistics for guests and arrange providers -Create sacred space for retreat guests and community members including facilitating retreats and offering spiritual direction, as needed -Recruit, train, coordinate, schedule and supervise daytime or overnight volunteers -Be a full participant in community life: attend daily meditation, complete chores, attend community meetings and activities, daily meals with guests -Help community leaders in whatever daily tasks are needed, including food services, housekeeping, land and facility management You will need: -A depth of spirituality with groundedness in a tradition and open/welcoming to all traditions and spiritualities; including a background in spiritual direction or contemplative spirituality ability to work in a team and independently -to experience all aspects of daily life as a spiritual practice -communication skills in order to coordinate, plan, and organize -problem solving skills and creative initiative -work with others in a partnership/team and, at the same time, to be supervised -carry out physical responsibilities, and do physical work (dishwashing, vacuuming, making beds, climbing stairs, set-up needs for guests, working with wood, possible outdoor work, etc.) and lift heavy objects (up to 25 lbs.) -belief in the full equality of all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, ethnicity, and physical ability (dimension of ARC’s vision) -the desire to make a real difference in a relevant, established retreat center, living and working on 90 acres of white pine forest, and to have fun along the way This position has a minimum 3 month commitment. $400/month (providing spiritual direction or other services to guests may offer additional income), room (private room and shared bathroom) and board (vegetarian, from scratch) provided; up to five weeks off (annually, prorated for shorter stays), two personal days per week, free wifi, health insurance available through MNSure. Couples of all varieties welcome, see ARCretreat.org for other available positions.

How to Apply

Email your resume to apply@arcretreat.org and include a brief (1-3 paragraph) description of yourself and how the position would be a good match between you and the ARC (vision/mission/values) at this time.  

Finally, please complete the skills survey for the position that interests you: 

Housekeeping Manager: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LHJSTQZ 

Land and Facilities Manager or Assistanthttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R7ZB33Y

Spirituality and Guest Serviceshttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSPJ3GZ

Short-term Community Memberhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TK8DF36