Assistant Gardner
Odiyan Buddhist Center

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

Learn organic gardening at rural Buddhist Center. Gardner position available now. Training Provided

Northern California coast, 100 miles north of San Francisco

  • spring
  • summer
  • fall

Assistant Gardner

Odiyan Buddhist Center
No experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (Mar 27, 2023)

Learn new skills in gardening and farming, live in a community of like-minded people, eat homegrown vegetarian food, and help out with cooking and food preservation.  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. 

The vegetable gardens are a crucial part of the Odiyan Buddhist Center's self-sufficiency plan. We are seeking people passionate about getting their hands in the dirt to provide the energy needed for Odiyan to thrive. 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. 

Living and working at Odiyan 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 a wide range of trades and traditional arts
  • Access to a healthy setting of nature, hiking trails, wide-open spaces, sacred beauty, fresh air, clean water, and nutritious food
  • Living allowance of $200 per month/$300 after one year.
  • Opportunities for meditation, mantra, Buddhist practices, and classes.

This is a unique opportunity to live within a long-standing Buddhist community. We are seeking individuals who have an interest in Buddhism and are eager to learn how to grow food or share your own knowledge. The way of life that has developed at Odiyan over the past 40 years is a retreat-like environment dedicated to meaningful work.   Like all Odiyan residents, you will also participate in kitchen work, chores and helping with other community projects.  


You are not deterred by the very hard and deeply rewarding work of growing your own food. You are strong, and physically able to do manual work for hours each day.

  • Seasonal position: start in March or April, stay through mid-November
  • Couples are welcome to apply.
  • We cannot accept children or animal companions.
  • We are a smoke and drug-free community.

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

Details of the Organic Garden  program can be found here:

For an 'inside' view of Odiyan, see photos/videos

Facebook: OdiyanBuddhistRetreatCenter 



How to Apply

Go to Odiyan Volunteer page. Click on Contact Us.  Fill out the form and we will get back to you right away.

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

We are requesting full vaccination for all new residents, including one booster.

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