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Sculpture, Foundry and Metalwork

Help sculpt, cast and assemble a 28 ft. tall, three-dimensional figure in bronze. Our onsite ‘Karma Factory’ foundry has been operational for more than 15 years and our experienced crew has cast hundreds of statues, preserving Tibetan sacred art. The sculpting of an image of Padmasambhava, also known in Tibet as the second Buddha, is already underway.

Prayer Wheels

Prayer Wheels for World Peace

Join our team complete a massive prayer wheel installation surrounding Odiyan’s central temple and reflecting pond. Prayer wheels are constructed in many Buddhist communities to generate and release positive energy. Our founder, Tarthang Tulku, designed this project to reverse the negative momentum of our world, restore balance in nature and heal the pain of so many beings who are victims of war, hatred and natural disasters.

Landscaping and Gardening

Gardening and Landscaping

Odiyan is home to extensive decorative gardens, vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Volunteers are needed year-round to care for the plants and the landscape in a gorgeous, inspirational setting. The vegetable gardens provide an important supplement to our healthy, vegetarian diet.

Meaningful Work for Body, Mind and Spirit.

Odiyan Retreat Center is a spiritual and ecological sanctuary high on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Northern California. Modeled after Tibet’s first monastery – a three-dimensional mandala – Odiyan models a way of life that integrates work with a path of self-exploration.



Join a community dedicated to meaningful work, wholesome living, community involvement, and the development of mind and spirit. Odiyan volunteers receive housing, vegetarian meals and classes while working to create the symbols of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the West and serving to strengthen Buddhist cultures throughout Asia. …
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Devote your time and energy to: landscaping, construction, foundry and metal work, organic vegetable and flower gardening, vegetarian cooking. Engage in sacred art and text projects. Work a variety of jobs. Learn valuable skills or share your own. Help manage and beautifying our gardens, temples, buildings, parks, open land and forest. …
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Although Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, no religious affiliation is required to join our team. If you are open-minded, self-reflective and ready to engage deeply, you can share in a dynamic repository of knowledge for inner and outer accomplishment. You will embody skills at all levels from the practical and technical to the sacred and esoteric. …
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