Vegetable Gardener
Odiyan Buddhist Center

Garden crew weeding at the raised beds.

Organic Vegetable Gardening at rural Buddhist Center, California

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

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Vegetable Gardener

Odiyan Buddhist Center
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts immediately!

Learn new skills in gardening and farming, live in a community of like-minded people, eat homegrown vegetarian food, help with cooking and food preservation.  Join Odiyan's new "Work-Study in Action" volunteer program :  Includes Buddhist classes, study and practice, mantra and more.

Seeking people passionate about getting their hands in the dirt and learning the arts of growing, cooking  and preserving home-grown food. You need to be strong, able to bend, lift up to 50 lbs., be on your knees, engage manual labor for many hours a day.  You work with our head gardener gaining experience with vegetables and herbs. . 


  • Free home-cooked vegetarian meals and beverages
  • Free housing in a large room with a balcony, one roommate
  • Living allowance of $200 per month/$300 after one year..
  • Free WI-FI and domestic phone calls
  • Free skill training 
  • Access to a healthy setting of nature, hiking trails, wide-open spaces, sacred beauty, fresh air, clean water, and nutritious food
  • Opportunities for meditation, mantra, Buddhist practices, and classes.

This is a unique opportunity to live within a long-standing Buddhist community. The way of life at Odiyan is a retreat-like environment dedicated to meaningful work. You will also participate in kitchen work, chores and helping with our Buddhist sacred art and preservation projects. 


You are not deterred by the hard and deeply rewarding work of growing your own food. You are strong, able to do manual work for hours each day, and work with small gardening machines and tools.

Entry dates available until May 31, 2024.

Program length: Preference is given to applicants who commit for the full duration of 8 months. The minimum commitment is 6 months.

For more details and the application, Contact Us now! 

How to Apply

  • Individuals and couples are welcome, couples share a room.
  • We cannot accept children or animal companions.
  • Minimum age is 21

See our Volunteer pages  for more details or Contact Us 

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