Ratna Ling Retreat Center

Live, Work, Learn and Give Back

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.

About Ratna Ling Retreat Center

Enjoy rewarding work dedicated to serving humanity, while participating in an integrated learning program. As a non-profit organization, our larger purpose and mission is to support the preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist culture.

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

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/.

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!

Room and Board

As a Ratna Ling volunteer you will receive:

  • Living allowance of $150 per month.

  • Housing is shared by twos in cozy cabins with a private bath, outdoor deck and gas fireplace.

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

  • Delicious vegetarian, mostly organic meals, tea and coffee. We are known for our great food! 

Employee Perks

  • Evening classes and discussion groups covering a variety of Buddhist studies and principles in everyday life

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

  • Clean, fresh air, wide open spaces, sacred 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.

  • 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

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

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

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.