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As a new resident at Odiyan Retreat Center, you will be assigned to a main job or project. You will also participate in all aspects of keeping Odiyan and residents functioning and happy!  From feeding the horses, fixing the well pumps, cooking meals (don't worry, we will teach you how to cook vegetarian for 40), to keeping our living spaces clean and the temples areas looking beautiful. At Odiyan everyone does everything! If you like variety in your work and are flexible in what you want to do and learn, then Odiyan is the place for you! 

Current projects at Odiyan for 2021 require people who are physically strong, can lift up to 40lbs, able to work with manual tools and small machines, and have flexibility and strength for working in conditions such as being on your feet all day, on your knees, or bending. All new residents at Odiyan need to be fully vaccinated.

  • Farmers and Gardeners

    Help us maintain and develop our two acres of mixed vegetables. We are seeking hardy and enthusiastic people who are eager for getting their hands in the dirt and learning from our community the arts of growing and preserving food. 

    You need to be strong, able to bend, lift up to 50 lbs., be on your knees engaging manual labor for many hours a day.   You can work with our master gardener who has 30 years of experience with vegetables, medicinal and ornamental plants.   You can work with other younger volunteers who have already been at Odiyan for a few years and are passionate about sustainability and organic eating.

    We appreciate at least a 6 month commitment, or even better is to stay for three seasons (9 months). 

    Like everyone at Odiyan, you will have some time doing other projects and work such as sacred art and construction, cooking, animal care or landscaping work around the temples.

    Join us for an experience and a place you will never forget for the rest of your life! Like all residents at Odiyan, you receive room and all vegetarian meals, a living allowance for personal needs ( $150 per month, $216 after one year), and opportunities for learning skills, and learning about yourself.

     

  • Horse manager for our rescued Kiger mustangs and mini-horses.

    On the Odiyan property lives a herd of 25 Kiger mustangs, roaming in extensive pastures, and seven mini-horses. Our community is looking for tworesident volunteers who are familiar with horse care.  Includes feeding, healthcare, maintaining fencing, and helping to build a new barn. There will also be work in other areas of the community.  

    Includes room and board, stipend, learning new skills and contributing your own, opportunities to participate in meditation, mantra and fundamental Buddhist practices.

  • Create large Buddhist symbols in clay.

    Odiyan Buddhist Retreat Center

    Join our international team on a completely unique sacred art project making over 170  - 6 foot clay Stupas (Buddhist sacred monuments)  to surround the Odiyan Main Temple. Stupas are molded in clay, then fired and assembled. This project will run for all of 2021.  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.  A background in sculpting and working with clay is helpful, but not required.

    Like all residents at Odiyan, you receive room and all vegetarian meals, a living allowance for personal needs ( $150 per month, $216 after one year), and opportunities for learning skills, and learning about yourself.

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

For an 'inside' view of Odiyan please see Facebook page.and Instagram account 

Covid policies: We require full vaccination of all new resident volunteers. 


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