Odiyan Retreat Center


Get real-world experience in organic farming at Odiyan. Learn practical skills from our master gardeners in our 2.5 acre community gardens, orchards, and greenhouses. You will engage the entire process from seed to plate, including learning to cook your own produce as you help prepare meals for the Odiyan community. Odiyan farm and gardens are part of our sustainability plan. And we often produce enough to give away to our sister organizations, friends and neighbors.

NEW Work-Study in Action resident volunteer program begins in 2024! Join our vegetable garden team. Includes a  program Buddhist study and classes, meditation instruction, mindful cooking and more.

Begins early February. Contact Us now for more details and the application.

Hands-on training

  • seeds: choosing vegetables and varieties
  • greenhouse germination vegetables and flowers
  • bed preparation, direct seeding, and transplanting
  • use and maintenance of drip and sprinklers irrigation
  • companion plants, medicinal plants, insect and bee friendly plants

  • establishing raised beds and hoop house
  • using rototillers and other equipment
  • composting and mulching
  • harvesting: including cleaning, storing, and preserving (pickling, freezing, fermenting, canning)
  • weeding, lots of weeding

Encompassing a comprehensive work-study program, your work in the Odiyan gardens includes:

  • Comfortable accommodation and nutritious meals
  • A monthly stipend of $200/$300 after one year

Minimum commitment: 6 months, with preference to people who can commit to the entire growing season of 8-9 months.

You must be physically strong and good at working with your hands. Experience with hand tools and physical labor is preferred.


Interested or have questions?

Odiyan Volunteer Office