Employment and Volunteering

Working and Growing

We are first and foremost a spiritual community committed to helping retreaters and staff develop their minds. By joining our team you will

 

  • Offer your talents and skills to an organization dedicating to serving others
  • Nurture a sense of service within yourself
  • Participate in a mindful and contemplative work culture
  • Stimulate your mind by having access to our regular program

 

“I feel as if I have found a precious little oasis, where I have the opportunity to work, study and practice amidst an enchanting redwood forest. The atmosphere is one of tranquility and serenity, which I find are very good conditions to cultivate a peaceful mind. Serving a Buddhist community feels very rewarding.”

– Cristian

Our Community

Living in community in an isolated place creates long-lasting friendships and a real sense of teamwork. Co-workers feel more like family. Everyone contributes what they can above and beyond what is required. The “family feeling” Lama Yeshe spoke of still lives on and prospers at Vajrapani Institute.

 

What We Are Looking For

Ideal candidates will

 

  • Possess strong communication skills
  • Be content with rugged and rustic conditions
  • Be comfortable with prolonged relative isolation
  • Have a mature personal spiritual practice
  • Possess an attitude of altruism and generosity
  • Be proactive and organized

Being a Buddhist is not a requirement for working here. We welcome practitioners from all traditions.

Study the Dharma

Our staff and volunteers are welcome to attend any of our programs if it doesn’t conflict with their work schedules. Make sure to mention ahead of time what programs you are most interested in so we can try to make arrangements for you to attend. We have an extensive library with many out of print books, as well as a video library of teachings and documentaries. We have senior practitioners on the land and on staff that are available for interviews and discussions.

Volunteer Program

Our Volunteer Program  offers an opportunity to experience living and working in the richness of a Dharma Community.

 

Here are the details:
  • In exchange for a 28-hour workweek, volunteers are provided with a campsite, nutritious vegetarian meals, and the ability to attend some of the courses offered at the center free of charge.
  • A 3-month minimum commitment.
  • As a volunteer you have the opportunity to be an integral part of our staff that hosts spiritual group retreats and supports individuals on private retreats. 
  • Depending on your interests and aptitudes, you may be asked to support in the following areas:  housekeeping (preparing the facilities for guests), caring for the land, assisting in the kitchen, and various other tasks that may arise. 
  • Ideal candidates have a desire to better themselves, are service-oriented, have an innate flexibility of mind and a willingness to pitch in when and as needed. 

Living in the Forest

Camping is the main option for  volunteers. We have a number of campsites that ensure relative comfort and privacy. The weather from May to September is usually quite warm and temperate.

 

Please note:  Due to our wet winters, our volunteer program only runs from April-October each year. We happily accept applications from February-July, we will not be  reviewing any applications outside of those months.

Employment Opportunities

Executive Director
Vajrapani Institute is seeking an experienced and visionary Executive Director. If you are a people-oriented leader with a collaborative leadership style, strong emotional intelligence, agile in balancing multiple priorities, and have a background in management, this could be a wonderful opportunity to make an important contribution. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and works in collaboration with the Center Manager to direct staff, volunteers and consultants to ensure Vajrapani Institute realizes its mission, as a contemplative FPMT retreat center that supports the transformation of spiritual teachings into experience through contemplative retreat.
June 16, 2021
Spiritual Program Coordinator
The Spiritual Program Coordinator (SPC) works together with our Resident Teacher, the Executive Director, and the Assistant SPC to provide co-leadership in fostering a sacred, contemplative culture, helping to meet the spiritual needs of the community. The SPC’s main duties are to create, plan, market and organize the spiritual activities of the center, including programs, public and private events, practices, and classes while supporting the vision, mission and intentions of Vajrapani Institute and the FPMT organization.
June 16, 2021

Upcoming Retreats

Online Program – An Experiential Vajrayogini Monthly Sadhana Practice

Elaine Jackson

Open Dates
Starting March 7th, 2021 and continuing the first Sunday of each month 10:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT A gathering of Vajrayogini practitioners to engage experientially with the Vajrayogini sadhana. 

Touching Peace: An Online Introduction to Meditation Weekly Drop-In Session

Elaine Jackson

Open Dates
Every Monday 4:30pm to 5:30 pm Mindful attention to the present moment allows us to see what is helpful and beneficial, leading towards peacefulness right here, now. Learning to see what brings benefit and what brings harm, will incline us towards developing skills that lead to more clarity and peace, and away from those things that bring harm, obstruction and confusion.

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Vajrapani Institute is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition www.FPMT.org