Ratna Ling Work Study Volunteer Program
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We accept full-time volunteers year-round to fill positions related to:

  • Ratna Ling Retreat Center

    • Head Cook | Chef | Vegetarian
    • Kitchen Assistants & Prep Chefs | Baking Experience is a plus
    • Volunteer Coordinator
    • Bodyworkers including: massage, acupuncture, yoga, sound healing
    • Office Administrator
    • Guest Services including: reservations, housekeeping, and hospitality 
    • Program Designer including: education, planning, marketing, outreach, and social media. 
    • Group Retreats Director including: sales, event planning, promotions, and outreach
    • General Maintenance 
    • Landscape Maintenance including: irrigation and organic gardening
    • Grounds Keeper including: trees, trails, fire prevention and land management

 

  • Yeshe De Text Preservation Project

    • Book Binding
    • Sacred Text Preservation
    • Outreach including: social media, promotions, and event planning

 

  •  Dharma Publishing

    • Office Administrator
    • eCommerce 
    • Sales, Marketing & Promotions

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

 

  • Head Chef or Cook (Vegetarian)

    Lodge
    Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

    We are a volunteer ran organization and are looking for an experienced Head Chef/Cook to run our kitchen and create delicious vegetarian meals for our staff and guests. Located in the beautiful coastal redwoods of Sonoma County in northern California, this year-round residential work-study opportunity will allow your skills and enthusiasm to flourish. We are  in a remote location in the redwoods, which can prove a challenge for some and an adventure to others!

    Daily Responsibilities:

    • Lead kitchen staff in preparing buffet-style vegetarian meals for 20-50 guests and staff for two meals per day Monday - Saturday
    • Food preparation and cooking
    • Menu and meal planning with the ability to lift 30 lbs
    • Food ordering and kitchen inventory management
    • General kitchen maintenance, cleaning, and sanitation 
    • Management of kitchen staff and scheduling
    • Buffet set-up
    • Position will report to our Executive Director

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Past experience working in a retreat center, commercial kitchen and/or restaurant as a chef/cook
    • Appreciation for vegetarian cuisine
    • Reliable and hard-working
    • Organized with an attention to detail
    • Experience with International Cuisine is a plus
    • Baking skills are always welcome!
    • Creative and flexible in a rapidly changing environment
    • Open-mindedness and understanding of ever changing dietary needs and trends
    • Willingness to work as part of a team and patience with fellow volunteers 
    • In addition to Head Cook, other positions available: office administration, hospitality, maintenance, grounds keeping.  See our website for more info and to apply or send a resume to our Executive Director at rosalynw@ratnaling.org

    As a volunteer in our work-study program, you will receive:

    • Monthly living allowance/compensation (based on experience)
    • Free housing in a rustic cabin with private bath, outdoor deck, gas fireplace (you may have a roommate).
    • Free laundry facilities and supplies, Wi-Fi and domestic local and long distant phone calls 
    • Free vegetarian meals, tea and coffee
    • Free classes in a variety of Buddhist studies: meditation, mantra, skillful means (work practice) , Buddhist history and philosophy, Kum Nye (Tibetan yoga/Thai Chi), and yoga
    • Opportunity to engage in Buddhist community's ceremonies, celebrations and practices 
    • 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 conscious community that encourages building meaningful interpersonal relationships

    Our weekly schedule is rigorous - 6 days a week and rewarding!  Our work is our practice. This is a unique opportunity to get away from the daily grind and text-emoji mania, and live surrounded by nature, with little to no cell service but plenty of books, quiet spaces, and more stars at night than you can count.

    Higher priority is given to those volunteers who can commit to longer periods like 6 months or more but we do make exceptions on a case by case basis. No religious affiliation required, but we are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism, a volunteer spirit and exploring work as a path to inner freedom. Minimum age is 23 years old. Couples are welcome to apply.  

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  • Volunteer Coordinator

    Lodge
    Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

    We are a volunteer ran organization and are looking for an experienced Volunteer Coordinator to be responsible for the coordinated recruitment and retention efforts for our three on-site live-work-study volunteer programs:  Ratna Ling Retreat Center, The Yeshe De Project and Dharma Publishing.

    Located in the beautiful coastal redwoods of Sonoma County in northern California, our year-round residential work-study opportunity will allow your skills and enthusiasm to flourish. We are  in a remote location in the redwoods, which can prove a challenge for some and an adventure to others!

    Responsibilities:

    • Ongoing recruitment, retention, and support for our volunteer staff and alumni

      • Applications & Interviews

      • Onboarding & Housing

    • Volunteer outreach and promotions including social media platforms

    • Volunteer event planning and coordination

    • Collaborating with our Volunteer Committee

    • Supporting our retreat center in various duties as needed

    • Position will report to our Executive Director at Ratna Ling Retreat Center

    Desired Qualifications:

    • A volunteer spirit with sincere dedication and enthusiasm for volunteerism

    • An attitude of inclusivity - we have volunteers from all over the world, ages, and backgrounds.

    • Experience with volunteer coordination or as a manager in the not for profit world

    • Experience in conflict resolution and motivating, leading and managing teams

    • Experience with human resources and compliance

    • Creative and flexible in a rapidly changing work-study-live environment

    • In addition to Volunteer Coordinator, other positions are available: cooks, office administration, hospitality, maintenance, groundskeeping.  See our website for more info and to apply or send a resume to our Executive Director at rosalynw@ratnaling.org

    As a volunteer in our work-study program, you will receive:

    • Monthly living allowance/compensation (based on experience)

    • Free housing in a rustic cabin with private bath, outdoor deck, gas fireplace (you may have a roommate).

    • Free laundry facilities and supplies, Wi-Fi and domestic local and long distance phone calls

    • Free vegetarian meals, tea and coffee

    • Free classes in a variety of Buddhist studies: meditation, mantra, skillful means (work practice) , Buddhist history and philosophy, Kum Nye (Tibetan yoga/Tai Chi), and yoga

    • Opportunity to engage in Buddhist ceremonies, celebrations and practices

    • 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 conscious community that encourages building meaningful interpersonal relationships

    Our weekly schedule is rigorous - 6 days a week and rewarding!  Our work is our practice. This is a unique opportunity to get away from the daily grind and text-emoji mania, and live surrounded by nature, with little to no cell service but plenty of books, quiet spaces, and more stars at night than you can count.

    Higher priority is given to those volunteers who can commit to longer periods like 6 months or more but we do make exceptions on a case by case basis. No religious affiliation required, but we are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism, a volunteer spirit and exploring work as a path to inner freedom. 

     

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  • Groundskeeper

    Maintenance
    Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

    We are a volunteer ran organization and currently have an opening for a position to working as our Groundskeeper and helping us with our property and land management:  trees, trails, fire prevention, and conservation.

     Located in the beautiful coastal redwoods of Sonoma County in northern California, this year-round residential work-study opportunity will allow your skills and enthusiasm to flourish. We are  in a remote location in the redwoods, which can prove a challenge for some and an adventure to others!

    Daily Responsibilities:

    • This position will work closely with our Property Manager and will be responsible to daily management and maintenance of our:

      • Trees

      • Trails

      • Fire prevention 

      • Conservation

    • Position will report to our Executive Director 

    Desired Qualifications:

    • A background or experience in forestry, ranching, or farming, etc....

    • A volunteer spirit with a deep appreciation for the land and nature

    • A sincere desire to be a contributing part of an intentional community

    • In addition to this position, we have other positions available.  Please see our website for more information and to apply.  You may also send your resume to our Executive Director at rosalynw@ratnaling.org or our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@ratnaling.org

    As a volunteer in our work-study program, you will receive:

    • Monthly living allowance/compensation (based on experience)

    • Free housing in a rustic cabin with private bath, outdoor deck, gas fireplace (you may have a roommate).

    • Free laundry facilities and supplies, Wi-Fi and domestic local and long distance phone calls

    • Free vegetarian meals, tea and coffee

    • Free classes in a variety of Buddhist studies: meditation, mantra, skillful means (work practice) , Buddhist history and philosophy, Kum Nye (Tibetan yoga/Tai Chi), and yoga

    • Opportunity to engage in Buddhist ceremonies, celebrations and practices

    • 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 conscious community that encourages building meaningful interpersonal relationships

    Our weekly schedule is rigorous - 6 days a week and rewarding!  Our work is our practice. This is a unique opportunity to get away from the daily grind and text-emoji mania, and live surrounded by nature, with little to no cell service but plenty of books, quiet spaces, and more stars at night than you can count.

    Minimum commitment preferred is 6 months but we do make exceptions on a case by case basis. No religious affiliation required, but we are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism, a volunteer spirit and exploring work as a path to inner freedom. Minimum age is 23 years old. Couples are welcome to apply.  

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  • Bodyworkers: Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Etc...

    Wellness Center
    Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

    We are a volunteer organization and currently have an several openings for Bodyworkers and Massage Therapists in our Wellness Center providing health and wellness treatments and therapies for our guests and resident community.  Located in the beautiful coastal redwoods of Sonoma County in northern California, this year-round residential work-study opportunity will allow your skills and enthusiasm to flourish. We are in a remote location in the redwoods, which can prove a challenge for some and an adventure to others!

    Daily Responsibilities:

    • Provide wellness and healing for our guests and resident community.

    • Teaching and education for our guests and resident community

    • Position will report to our Executive Director

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Experience licensed therapist and/or certified practioner in:

      • Massage - all modalities

      • Acupuncture

      • Acupressure

      • Facialists/Aesthetician  

      • Yoga RYT

      • Other body movement modalities and somatic healing techniques

    • A volunteer spirit with a deep appreciation for self-care and the healing arts

    • A sincere desire to be a actively contributing part of our intentional community

    • Flexibility in work assignments and changing priorities - when “getting it done” is what is needed

    • In addition to this position, we have other positions available.  Pleasee our website for more information and to apply.  You may also send your resume to our Executive Director at rosalynw@ratnaling.org or our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@ratnaling.org

    As a volunteer in our work-study program, you will receive:

    • Monthly living allowance/compensation (based on experience)

    • Free housing either in a shared rustic cabin or private bedroom in a shared house

    • Free laundry facilities and supplies, Wi-Fi and domestic local and long distance phone calls

    • Free vegetarian meals, tea and coffee

    • Free classes in a variety of Buddhist studies:

      • Meditation and Mantra

      • Skillful Means (work practice)

      • Buddhist history and philosophy

      • Kum Nye yoga

    • Opportunity to engage in Buddhist ceremonies, celebrations and practices

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

    • The support of a caring, actively engaged conscious community that encourages building meaningful interpersonal relationships

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

    Our weekly schedule is rigorous - 6 days a week and rewarding!  Our work is our practice. This is a unique opportunity to get away from the daily grind and text-emoji mania, and live surrounded by nature, with little to no cell service but plenty of books, quiet spaces, and more stars at night than you can count.

    Higher priority is given to volunteer applicants who are able to commit for 6 months or longer but we do make exceptions on a case by case basis. No religious affiliation required, but we are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism, a volunteer spirit and willingness to explore work as a path to inner freedom.  

    Thank you for your interest!

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  • Office Administrator

    Lodge
    Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

    We are a volunteer ran organization and currently have an opening for an Office Administrator to work in our Lodge Office and assist our Executive Director in the administrative duties of running a busy Retreat Center. Located in the beautiful coastal redwoods of Sonoma County in northern California, this year-round residential work-study opportunity will allow your skills and enthusiasm to flourish. We are  in a remote location in the redwoods, which can prove a challenge for some and an adventure to others!

    Daily Responsibilities:

    • Office management and administration and personal assistant

    • Correspondence and email

    • Scheduling

    • Light bookkeeping: payables and expense reports

    • Some project management 

    • Position will report to our Executive Director

    Desired Qualifications:

    • General office and administrative experience. Personal assistant experience is a plus.

    • Organized with an attention to detail

    • A calm and engaging personality able to work effectively with a wide range of ages and backgrounds.

    • Integrity to see projects and tasks completed with minimal guidance.

    • Intermediate computer skills including: Microsoft Office Suite

    • Some bookkeeping and general accounting experience is also a plus.

    • A volunteer spirit with a deep appreciation for the rewards of being in service to something bigger than yourself.

    • A sincere desire to be a contributing part of an intentional community

    • Flexibility in work assignment when “getting it done” is needed by the community.

    • In addition to this position, we have other positions available.  Pleasee our website for more information and to apply.  You may also send your resume to our Executive Director at rosalynw@ratnaling.org or our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@ratnaling.org

    As a volunteer in our work-study program, you will receive:

    • Monthly living allowance/compensation (based on experience)

    • Free housing in a rustic cabin with private bath, outdoor deck, gas fireplace (you may have a roommate).

    • Free laundry facilities and supplies, Wi-Fi and domestic local and long distance phone calls

    • Free vegetarian meals, tea and coffee

    • Free classes in a variety of Buddhist studies: meditation, mantra, skillful means (work practice) , Buddhist history and philosophy, Kum Nye (Tibetan yoga/Tai Chi), and yoga

    • Opportunity to engage in Buddhist ceremonies, celebrations and practices

    • 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 conscious community that encourages building meaningful interpersonal relationships

    Our weekly schedule is rigorous - 6 days a week and rewarding!  Our work is our practice. This is a unique opportunity to get away from the daily grind and text-emoji mania, and live surrounded by nature, with little to no cell service but plenty of books, quiet spaces, and more stars at night than you can count.

    Minimum commitment preferred is 6 months but we do make exceptions on a case by case basis. No religious affiliation required, but we are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism, a volunteer spirit and exploring work as a path to inner freedom. Minimum age is 23 years old. Couples are welcome to apply.  

    View Job Description
  • Landscaping Maintenance

    Lodge
    Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

    We are a volunteer ran organization and currently have an opening for Landscaping Maintenance personnel to work at our retreat center and help maintain the form, function and the beauty of our rustic lodge complex. Located in the beautiful coastal redwoods of Sonoma County in northern California, this year-round residential work-study opportunity will allow your skills and enthusiasm to flourish. We are  in a remote location in the redwoods, which can prove a challenge for some and an adventure to others!

    Daily Responsibilities:

    • Landscaping and maintenance of our Lodge complex, Guest Cottages, and outdoor gathering spaces

    • Seasonal prep and planning including pruning

    • Mowing for aesthetics and fire prevention

    • Irrigation repair and maintenance

    • Some organic gardening

    • This job will require and strengthen your knowledge of tools and problem-solving, stamina, time management, and a sensitivity to creating beauty.

    • Position will report to our Executive Director

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Experienced landscaper, gardener, organic farmer, etc…

    • Working with large and small equipment

    • A volunteer spirit with a deep appreciation nature and sacred spaces

    • A sincere desire to be a contributing part of an intentional community

    • Flexibility in work assignment when “getting it done” is needed by the community.

    • In addition to this position, we have other positions available.  Pleasee our website for more information and to apply.  You may also send your resume to our Executive Director at rosalynw@ratnaling.org or our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@ratnaling.org

    As a volunteer in our work-study program, you will receive:

    • Monthly living allowance/compensation (based on experience)

    • Free housing in a rustic cabin with private bath, outdoor deck, gas fireplace (you may have a roommate).

    • Free laundry facilities and supplies, Wi-Fi and domestic local and long distance phone calls

    • Free vegetarian meals, tea and coffee

    • Free classes in a variety of Buddhist studies: meditation, mantra, skillful means (work practice) , Buddhist history and philosophy, Kum Nye (Tibetan yoga/Tai Chi), and yoga

    • Opportunity to engage in Buddhist ceremonies, celebrations and practices

    • 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 conscious community that encourages building meaningful interpersonal relationships

    Our weekly schedule is rigorous - 6 days a week and rewarding!  Our work is our practice. This is a unique opportunity to get away from the daily grind and text-emoji mania, and live surrounded by nature, with little to no cell service but plenty of books, quiet spaces, and more stars at night than you can count.

     

    Minimum commitment preferred is 6 months but we do make exceptions on a case by case basis. No religious affiliation required, but we are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism, a volunteer spirit and exploring work as a path to inner freedom. Minimum age is 23 years old. Couples are welcome to apply.  

    View Job Description
  • Bindery worker for Text preservation project

    Bindery
    Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Cazadero, California

    The Yeshe De Text Preservation Project was founded by a Tibetan refugee Buddhist master in 1983 and is dedicated to preserving the Tibetan Culture. A non-profit organization committed to the replication of rare Buddhist teachings, our volunteers work as a team year-round to make Tibetan books and prayer wheels to be given away at the annual World Peace Ceremony in Bodh Gaya, India–– the site of the Buddha’s Enlightenment.

     

    Our team is motivated by knowing that we make a difference by impacting the lives of thousands of refugees in Asia. We give our time and energy freely to save Tibetan texts that contain teachings that would otherwise be lost.

     

    Work at the book bindery is hands-on and production oriented. Areas of work include the assembling of traditional Tibetan books and wrapping them in colorful fabric, putting books in slipcases and boxing them up for shipment to India. Volunteers are also trained on a variety of bindery machines like the collator, gold stamper, trimmer, and folder.

     

    Our volunteers utilize work as a vehicle for practicing the Buddhist teachings. The Skillful Means teachings show us that we can use any work and life situation as a path of change. Personal growth is fostered through practicing self-awareness, caring and taking responsibility as we work. By engaging situations without holding back, we learn that we create our own limitations and that we are capable of so much more than we thought we were. We invite you to be part of one of the largest text preservation projects on Earth and at the same time learn about yourself!

     

    The Yeshe De Text Preservation Project is one of three projects volunteers can work for while participating in the Ratna Ling residential volunteer program located in the redwoods of Sonoma County, CA.

     

    As a participant in the residential volunteer program you will receive:

     

    • Housing in modern cabins (2  person occupancy) with a private bath, outdoor deck, gas fireplace. 2-3 people per cabin.

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

    • Vegetarian meals (prepare your own breakfast), tea and coffee.

    • Monthly living allowance of $150 per month.

    • Evening classes in a variety of Buddhist studies, applicable to everyday life: Meditation, Skillful Means (how work can be a path to inner knowledge), Buddhist history and philosophy, and Kum Nye (a style of Tibetan yoga.) Some classes are guided, while others are considered self-study with materials available.

    • 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.

     

    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!

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How to Apply

E-mail your resume or cover letter along with a photo or headshot to: volunteer@ratnaling.org. Qualified applicants will be given further instructions for the application process. 

 


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