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Book Binder

Ratna Ling Retreat Center

Cazadero, California

Make Buddhist books! Help preserve the Buddhist teachings for all humanity at rural Buddhist center

Year-round
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  • Make Buddhist Books!

    Sacred Text Production
    Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

    Be a Resident Volunteer at Buddhist center in northern CA, close to coast.  Includes housing, vegetarian meals, Buddhist classes and practices, living allowance stipend

    About Us

    Join this opportunity to live and work at a rural Buddhist center surrounded by the serene beauty of forested redwood hills, abundant wildlife and  beautiful gardens.

    We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to help preserve Buddhist teachings by printing, binding, and then giving away these precious texts in Asia (and also books for us!).

    You receive: 

    • Free shared housing
    • Free vegetarian meals 
    • Living allowance stipend $200 per month
    • Free laundry and WIFI
    • Free onsite and online classes - Tibetan yoga, meditation, self-development, Buddhist studies. 
    • Optional morning meditation and Buddhist practices
    • Living among the redwoods, close to hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean

    Our book bindery is a space of creativity and dedication, where ancient and sacred Tibetan Buddhist texts are lovingly restored and reproduced..

    Work at the book bindery is hands-on and production oriented. Areas of work include: 

    • Operating bindery machines like the collator, gold stamper, trimmer, and folder
    • Assembling traditional Tibetan books and wrapping them in colorful fabric
    • Putting books in slipcases and boxing them up for shipment to India

     Contact Us to request an application or ask questions.

    Or download the application here Apply Now

  • Marketing

    Dharma Publishing
    Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

    Be a Resident Volunteer at Buddhist center in northern CA, close to coast.  Includes housing, vegetarian meals, Buddhist classes and practices, living allowance stipend.

    Join Dharma Publishing's dynamic team to promote visionary teachings and Buddhist classics; located at beautiful Ratna Ling Buddhist Retreat Center.

    Dharma Publishing is currently seeking one or two tech-savvy residential volunteers to work in the areas of:

    • Marketing
    • Digital promotion
    • Social media

    You receive: 

    • Free shared housing
    • Living allowance stipend 
    • Free vegetarian meals 
    • Free laundry and WIFI
    • Free onsite and online classes - Tibetan yoga, meditation, self-development, Buddhist studies. 
    • Optional morning meditation and Buddhist practices
    • Living among the redwoods, close to hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean

    Successful team members are:

    • Interested in personal growth through work and daily activity
    • Reliable and self-motivated
    • Flexible and cooperative

     Contact Us to request an application or ask questions.

    Or download the application here Apply Now

  • Buddhist Retreat Center Support

    Ratna Ling Retreat Center
    Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

    Be a Resident Volunteer at Buddhist center in northern CA, close to coast.  Includes housing, vegetarian meals, Buddhist classes and practices, living allowance stipend.

    About Us

    Join this opportunity to live and work at a rural Buddhist Retreat center surrounded by the serene beauty of forested redwood hills, abundant wildlife and beautiful gardens.  

    Join the Retreat Center team - welcoming and supporting guests attending retreats, workshops, seminars or personal retreats. Engage weekend retreat ( Fri-Mon) tasks such as guest services and support, kitchen support and check-in/ out.

    During the week you share retreat center office duties: registration,  phone answering, retreat reservation system, updating website, social media, blog posts and retreat news, and other projects in the lodge and gardens.  Day off is Monday or mid-week. 

    You receive: 

    • Free shared housing
    • Free vegetarian meals 
    • Living allowance stipend $200 per month
    • Free laundry and WIFI
    • Free onsite and online classes - Tibetan yoga, meditation, self-development, Buddhist studies. 
    • Optional morning meditation and Buddhist practices
    • Living among the redwoods, close to hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean

     Contact Us to request an application or ask questions.

    Or download the application here Apply Now

  • Maintenance/Groundskeeping

    Ratna Ling Retreat Center
    Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

    Be a Resident Volunteer at Buddhist center in northern CA, close to coast.  Includes housing, vegetarian meals, Buddhist classes and practices, living allowance stipend.

    Seeking all-around handy persons! Responsible for simple maintenance/repair of electrical, mechanical, irrigation, and plumbing infrastructure, as well as mowing and other vegetation control. 

    The ideal candidate is self-motivated, reliable, hard-working, work well  with minimal supervision, and with others. 

    You receive: 

    • Free shared housing
    • Living allowance stipend 
    • Free vegetarian meals 
    • Free WIFI
    • Free onsite and online classes - Tibetan yoga, meditation, self-development, Buddhist studies. 
    • Optional morning meditation and Buddhist practices
    • Living among the redwoods, close to hiking trails and the Pacific Ocean

     Contact Us to request an application or ask questions.

    Or download the application here Apply Now

How to Apply

Visit our website, to apply, or to find out more about volunteering at Ratna Ling. Go to Contact Us  to ask us questions, request an emailed application, share your aspirations, or submit your resume'. Email your application, and resume to volunteer@ratnaling.org.

Please note: We require all volunteers and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID before arrival. 

We receive many inquiries and will work to get back to you as quickly as possible. Thank you!


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