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We need 7 volunteers
Our meditation center in upstate New York is an internationally renowned center for meditation, where everyone is welcome to enjoy a peaceful environment or join in the many programs offered throughout the year. We have a modern meditation Temple situated on 82 acres of grounds, including nature trails. We are located 2.5 hours from NYC via public transportation.
Our workaway program is a great way to experience life at a Buddhist retreat Center, learn about Buddhism & meditation, and put your compassion and love for others into action. In exchange for volunteering, workawayers receive dormitory accommodation and three vegetarian buffets a day. The working visit also includes general program classes, courses, and group meditations which happen throughout the week and weekends.
Our next available opening begins on March 24th!
In particular we are looking for volunteers who LOVE physically oriented outdoor projects to help us beautify the public grounds with rock wall structures and other landscaping details. No particular skills necessary because all the required skills will be taught, but if you have experience in stone wall building or landscaping, that will be a great help.
There are four types of volunteer opportunities available based on your interest, ability and available time: three LONG TERM area-specific positions, and various general SHORT TERM positions. Please let us know what position you are interested in when you respond. If your workaway request is immediate, please also leave your number in your reply so that we may contact you if there is space still available.
LONG TERM focused opportunities:
• Housekeeping (from June 1, 2019 onward)
• Groundskeeping (from March 24th 2019 onward)
These positions are for variable duration, with preference given to those who can commit to at least one month. No formal experience is necessary, but general familiarity with your area is appreciated. A mini interview is required, and more information will be sent to you in our response.
The next short term opening begins on March 24, 2019 and onward.
The general volunteer position lasts for a duration of one week, and begin and end on Sunday. There is the opportunity to stay for more than one week, however this depends on the amount of work we have available and on how well the first week goes.
General Projects this summer involve:
-Rock wall building
-Various other outdoor tasks
-Housekeeping and cleaning
Experience helpful but not necessary. Just a love for helping others and working outside is required.
For a normal Sunday to Sunday working visit, Workawayers have their first Sunday free to explore the grounds and meet the community. The volunteer work happens Monday - Friday, and the following Saturday and Sunday are free days to relax, attend any courses that may be happening, or explore the trails and other nearby scenic areas of interest.
Below is a general description of the meditation classes that working visitors are welcome to attend for free during the week. In addition to the following, there are group meditations and prayers in the Temple after volunteer hours every day.
Sunday (arrival day) 11am: Prayers for meditation class and teaching in the Temple
Sunday (arrival day) 8pm: Working visitor orientation in the Main House meditation room
Tuesday 4pm: Temple tour
Wednesday 7pm: Advice for Life meditation class and teaching in the Temple
Thursday evening: Optional opportunity to go to a nearby city with a teacher and attend a branch class (like the Wednesday class, but at a nearby city) and go out to dinner with the local students
Friday-Saturday: Occasional day courses throughout the year
Sunday (departure day) 11am: Prayers for meditation class and teaching in the Temple
We look forward to hearing from you!
Open for offers, contact us
Male and Female volunteers have their own separate dormitories. Bottom sheet and pillows are provided. Sleeping bags are recommended! Camping any where at the Center is also an option for volunteers with their own gear.
Breakfast is normally self serve. Volunteers join the community for delicious vegetarian buffets for lunch and dinner!
All meals are vegetarian, and there are usually many vegan options available as well.