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We have some big projects at Odiyan this year. Excited to offer lots of hands-on skill training in a variety of trades and traditional Buddhist arts.  Also starting a Farm/Garden Training program!  We take new resident volunteers year-round.  General job requirements are interest in living in a Buddhist community, and the strength and ability for physical work. We have lots of it! 

1. Organic Vegetable Garden Work and Learn - Hands-on training in all aspects growing organic vegetables. Positions are now filled for Organic Vegetable Garden. Please check back in August, or apply for September 2022. 

2. Clay sculpture in Buddhist art  - seeking those interested in ceramics and sculpture. Some experience preferred, but not required.

3. Sacred Art installation  - working with metal, clay, concrete and wood, prefer some experience working with tools, but not required.

4. Rescue horse sanctuary and horse care - help improve the lives of our herd of rescued Mustangs, Requires experience with working with horses.

 

 

  • Organic Gardener

    Odiyan Buddhist Retreat Center

    Work and Learn in our organic gardens!

    Get real world experience of organic farming at Odiyan Buddhist retreat center in rural Sonoma County, CA. Learn practical skills from our master gardeners at our 2.5 acre organic community gardens, orchards, and greenhouses. Your farming education will include discussions, hands-on structured work-and-learn field sessions, and field trips to other working organic farms. Be part of the process from seed to plate as you also learn to cook vegetarian meals from your own produce to help feed our community.

    You will receive room and all vegetarian meals, a living allowance for personal needs ($150 per month, $216 after one year), and opportunities for meditation, mantra, Buddhist practices, and classes.

    Minimum commitments is 6 months, but would prefer through end of season (November). Includes option to stay on for the Winter gardening season (December through February) See https://odiyan.org/garden-program

  • Clay Stupa Project

    Odiyan Buddhist Retreat Center

    Clay Stupa Project - Come, Live, Work, and Learn! Individuals invited for major architectural clay project at Odiyan Buddhist Retreat Center. Stupas are sacred monuments that represent and activate powerful harmonious and healing forces in the world.We are hand-building nearly 200 stupas, each measuring 32 sq. inches at the base and 4 to 7 ft in height, from hundreds of pounds of red clay. This major undertaking in sacred art is being installed on site within the mandala of Odiyan. 

    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

    You will receive room and all vegetarian meals, a living allowance for personal needs ($150 per month, $216 after one year), and opportunities for meditation, mantra, Buddhist practices, and classes.

    Minimum commitment is 6 months, with an option to stay on if the fit seems right. See https://odiyan.org/clay-sculptor/

  • Buddhist Art Installation

    Odiyan Buddhist Retreat Center

    Learn new skills as you help work on the installation of large-scale Buddhist art.  You will learn how to work with metal (welding and shaping), concrete ( rounded art forms and pouring)  and wood ( basic carpentry) to form a circular walkway of Buddhist art surrounding the main Temple of Odiyan. You must be physically strong and good with working with your hands. Some experience working with hand tools is preferred. 

    You will receive room and all vegetarian meals, a living allowance for personal needs ($150 per month, $216 after one year), and opportunities for meditation, mantra, Buddhist practices, and classes.

    Minimum commitment is 6 months, with an option to stay on if the fit seems right. 

  • Horse Care and Management

    The 1000 acres of Odiyan includes a herd of 25 Kiger rescued mustangs roaming in extensive pastures, and seven mini-horses. Our community is looking for two resident volunteers, preferably a couple but not required,  who are familiar with horse care.  Includes feeding, healthcare, maintaining fencing, and helping to build a new barn. 

    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 meditation, mantra, Buddhist practices, and classes.

    Minimum commitment is 6 months, with an option to stay on if the fit seems right. 

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: All new residents must be fully vaccinated, including the first booster recommended in 2021. The current 2nd booster (2022) is not required.


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