Odiyan Retreat Center


Join our unique Buddhist art projects. At the Odiyan foundry we are making over 400 Buddhist statues in bronze using the lost-wax method.  You will learn the craftmanship of molding, casting, and working with metal (welding and shaping). We are also creating a circular walkway of large-scale Buddhist symbolic art surrounding the main temple of Odiyan. You will learn concrete casting and shaping,  (rounded  and decorative forms), and skills in working with wood, metal  and clay.


  • Free home-cooked vegetarian meals and beverages
  • Free housing in a large room with a balcony, one roommate.
  • Free WI-FI and domestic phone calls
  • Free skill training in a wide range of trades and traditional arts
  • Access to a healthy setting of nature, hiking trails, wide-open spaces, sacred beauty, fresh air, clean water, and nutritious food
  • Living allowance of $200 per month/$300 after one year.
  • Opportunities for meditation, mantra, Buddhist practices, and classes.

  • Room and board, stipend, acquiring new skills, opportunities in Buddhist practices and study.
  • Minimum commitment: seasonal from April or May to November
  • You must be physically strong and good at working with your hands. Some experience with hand tools in any trade is preferred, but not required.

All new residents must be fully vaccinated, including the one booster within the last year.

Interested or have questions?

Odiyan Volunteer Office