Vegetable Gardener
Odiyan Buddhist Center

Odiyan Buddhist Center set on one thousand acres in Northern CA.

Buddhist center seeking new team member for organic vegetable garden work

Sonoma County, Northern California coast, 100 miles north of San Francisco


Vegetable Gardener

Odiyan Buddhist Center
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (Jun 01, 2021)

The vegetable gardens are a crucial part of Odiyan Buddhist center's self-sufficiency plan. Join us for six months or more!  You can learn new skills in food production, live in a community of like-minded people, and help with cooking, landscaping and sacred art projects. You can take advantage of classes on Buddhism and yoga, participate in meditation and chanting and live in one of the most beautiful Buddhist centers in the world. 

Odiyan's purpose is to be a home for the preservation of the sacred art, symbols, and teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.  We also work in supporting all Buddhist traditions in Asia by creating  Buddhist books and sacred art that are given away for free each year.


  • Free home-cooked vegetarian meals and beverages
  • Free housing in a large room with a balcony
  • Living allowance of $150 per month, $216 per month after one year.
  • Free WI-FI and domestic phone calls
  • Free skill training in a wide range of trades and traditional arts
  • Access to a healthy setting of nature, hiking trails, swimming, wide-open spaces, sacred beauty, fresh air, clean water, and nutritious food
  • Free Classes on Development of Mind & Spirit: Tibetan yoga, Skillful Means, Buddhist study and more.

You will have the opportunity to: 

Learn and share your own knowledge in all aspects of the gardening process from seeding and greenhouse work, soil prep, planting, cultivating, harvesting, preserving and cooking your homegrown food.  Like all Odiyan residents, you will also participate in kitchen work, chores and helping with other community projects such as sacred art and construction projects.


We are seeking someone with a sincere interest and enthusiasm for organic vegetable gardening. Someone with enough garden experience to understand, and not be deterred by the hard, and deeply rewarding work of growing your own food. You need to be strong and physically able to work with your body all day, - lifting, bending, being on your knees, on your feet, using hand tools and small machines. The ideal garden volunteer follows the lead of our experienced gardeners and is also a self-starter who can take initiative and learn by doing.

  • The minimum commitment is six months.
  • Couples welcome to apply.
  • We cannot accept children or animal companions.
  • We are a smoke and drug-free community.

If you have a passion for the physically active lifestyle, self-knowledge, and giving to a greater vision, Odiyan may be the place for you! The community life, classes, and on-going work projects are directed to the benefit of yourself and all humanity.


For a more 'inside' view of Odiyan see our photos on Facebook: OdiyanBuddhistRetreatCenter.

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Covid policies: We request full vaccination of new residents. If you want to apply and have circumstances which prevent you from getting vaccinated, please contact us.

How to Apply

Download the application here or contact us to have the application emailed to you.

  • Couples are welcome.
  • We cannot accept children or animal companions.
  • We are a smoke and drug-free community

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