Clay Sculptors For Large-Scale Buddhist Stupas
Odiyan Buddhist Center

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

Artisans for Buddhist Sacred Art Project with Room and Board

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


Clay Sculptors For Large-Scale Buddhist Stupas

Odiyan Buddhist Center
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (May 21, 2022)

Join our  international team of sculptors and other volunteers on a unique sacred art project. Help create large Buddhist symbols. In this rare and noble endeavor, our artist residents are hand-building nearly 200 stupas, each measuring 32 inches across at the base and 4 to 7 ft in height, from hundreds of pounds of red clay. The stupas will be  installed on site within the mandala of Odiyan.  See images here

This is a residential position in a long-standing (since 1975) rural Buddhist community.  Includes room and board, a small living allowance, and opportunities for meditation, mantra, Buddhist practices, and classes.

More Details  - includes

  • Free home-cooked vegetarian meals and beverages
  • Free housing in a large room with a balcony, one roommate.
  • Free WI-FI and domestic phone calls
  • Free skill training in trades and traditional arts
  • Access to a healthy setting of nature, hiking trails, sacred beauty, fresh air, clean water, and nutritious food
  • Living allowance of $150 per month, $216 per month after one year
  • Opportunities to participate in meditation, mantra and fundamental Buddhist practices and study.


  • Minimum commitment of six months.
  • If you are strong in body, good with your hands in using tools and making things, you can be trained in this very special Buddhist art form Some experience in sculpting and working with clay is preferred, but not required

Living and working at Odiyan is physically active lifestyle where gaining self-knowledge and giving to a higher vision are honored values. 

Other opportunities for hands-on work and learning in the trades also available now!  See our General Volunteer Page

For a more 'inside' view of Odiyan see our photos on Facebook: OdiyanBuddhistRetreatCenter Follow us on Instagram for great stories!

How to Apply

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

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

Covid Policy:  We are requesting all new residents be fully vaccinated, including the first booster rolled out in 2021. We are not requiring current 2nd booster (2022).

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