Volunteering / Work Exchange

Retreat Support Needs

6 September - 30 November, 2019

We are in need of two volunteers to provide support during a retreat we’re holding from 6 September – 30 November. Duties include setting up for breakfast and/or dinner (no cooking required) and cleaning up after meals. Additional duties may include a bit of light housekeeping. Accommodation and meals will be provided during the retreat. You are welcome to volunteer for 1-3 months or for the entire 3-month retreat. The dates for the 1-month sessions are below.

  • 6 September – 5 October
  • 5 October – 2 November
  • 2 November – 30 November

You are welcome to come earlier and stay later; however we are unable to provide meals before or after the retreat. Please click here if interested.

6 September - 30 November, 2019

Relief Cooks Needed!

We are in need of relief cooks during a retreat we’re holding from 6 September – 30 November.

The relief cook is responsible for planning and cooking vegetarian meals (lunch and light dinner) on the main cook’s days off (two days a week).

Other duties include setting up for breakfast and/or dinner and cleaning up after meals on the days the relief cook is not cooking (three days a week).

Accommodation and meals will be provided during the retreat. You are welcome to volunteer for 1-3 months or for the entire 3-month retreat. The dates for the 1-month sessions are below.

  • 6 September – 5 October
  • 5 October – 2 November
  • 2 November – 30 November

You are welcome to come earlier and stay later; however we are unable to provide meals before or after the retreat. Please click here if interested.

Ongoing Volunteer Needs

Our Mahamudra Centre is busy, so we have an ongoing need for volunteers throughout the year. The centre offers volunteers lodging in our volunteer dorm with shared showers/toilets, free daily meditation, and free access to courses as duties permit.

We are unable to provide meals or food, but volunteers have access to our kitchen to prepare their own meals.

We ask our volunteers to work four hours a day, five days a week. The work is varied but includes housekeeping,  gardening, maintenance, and other miscellaneous tasks. 

Volunteers may stay for one week or up to three months; however before committing, please consider whether you can live contently in a somewhat isolated rural area for an extended period of time.

Please be aware that there is no public transportation in the area if you are interested in exploring the area.

Although you do not have to be Buddhist to volunteer at Mahamudra Centre, it is really important that volunteers have a positive connection to Buddhist Dharma and abide by the Centre guidelines.

We’re grateful for any offering of special skills. Some examples of current needs include digital archiving, librarian cataloguing, spiritual programme support, carpentry and flooring, graphic design, and more.

Please click here for if you wish to volunteer at our centre.

From Our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche says that centres like Mahamudra exist as places for us to purify our negative imprints and create merit. As one offers service at a dharma centre, one can feel totally blessed, while another can find it quite challenging. But always it is an unbelievably precious and valuable opportunity for practice and growth.

“What you are doing here is the most important work in the world. In your life, the most important work is to help others with good heart, with love and compassion…Other beings need our help so much. It is best to think of others’ happiness. By doing good things for others – if we help others with good heart, love and compassion – this results in happiness. Making others physically and mentally happy, this one act makes both of you happy for all your future lives. This brings happiness to the whole world.”

~Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 4th January 2006