Odiyan Retreat Center


Odiyan is a dynamic community of 30 to 40 volunteers who range in age, background, nationalities and commitments. The residents work in service of peace and harmony for all life, through the creation, preservation, and activation of ancient wisdom symbols and teachings.

Our lifestyle is active; both physically and mentally strenuous. It includes a diet of mostly organic vegetarian food, hard work, and cultivating beauty within the Odiyan mandala – and within ourselves.

NEW Work-Study in Action resident volunteer program for 2024! Join our unique Buddhist sacred art projects while engaging Buddhist study and classes, meditation instruction, mindful cooking and more.

Our work  is much more than “just work”. We follow guidance from our cornerstone text : Skilfull Means. Our work not only supports Odiyan’s mission, it produces beautiful inner results. This is a job that cultivates inner growth of our potential as we engage the workplace daily.  

Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, however, no religious affiliation is required.


  • Housing –  comfortable room, one roommate, overlooking the temples, ocean, vast sky.
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Stipend – $200 per month, $300 after one year
  • Skill development in a range of trades and traditional arts
  • Opportunities for study, meditation, mantra and Buddhist practices

What do we do at Odiyan?

Work activities:

  • vegetable gardening and landscaping
  • construction
  • welding and concrete casting
  • metalwork, foundry and woodworking
  • cooking and food preservation
  • sacred art in various mediums – wood, metal, fabric, concrete, clay, painting, gold leafing, sublimation. 
  • animal care and managing horse sanctuary
  • care and maintenance of temples

Work-Study in Action 


The Work-Study in Action program is a coordinated program of work on our many projects, along with Buddhist studies, practice, classes and more.

Program length: Preference is given to applicants who commit for the full duration of 8 months. The minimum commitment is 6 months.

Begins February, 2024 with entry dates available until May 2024.

For more details and the application, Contact Us now! 

Who should apply?

We are seeking people who:

  • Have a sincere interest in learning about and engaging the fundamental practices of Buddhism. 
  • Eager to explore work and daily life as a path to inner freedom.
  • Can work independently, are self-motivated and enjoy a full schedule of work and learning. 
  • Good at working with your hands, have experience with physical work or working with tools. 

Interested in volunteering, or have questions?


Seeking applicants now for our new Work-study in Action  2024!

Odiyan Volunteer Office

Covid -19: Odiyan is a vaccinated community. New resident volunteers must be fully vaccinated, with one booster in the past year.