Join a community dedicated to meaningful work for the benefit oneself, others and our world. Founded in 1975 by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku, Odiyan provides a stable foundation for a wholesome life of physical work, community involvement and personal development. Extraordinary natural beauty, fresh air, clean water and nutritious food foster appreciation for life and develop attitudes of true caring for ourselves, others and our planet.

You receive:

  • Housing – share a comfortable room with one roommate
  • Vegetarian meals – share or learn cooking skills in the large community kitchen
  • Optional study, reflection and meditation
  • Living allowance stipend: $100 after the first month, $150 after the first 6 months.

We are currently seeking volunteers in a preferred age range of 25 to 45 years old.  You must be physically competent and able to handle tools, small machinery and manual labor on a daily basis. The minimum commitment is six months. We prefer nine months.

Though Odiyan has its foundations in Tibetan Buddhism, absolutely no religious affiliation is required to join our team. We practice inward and outward development in the context of work along with supporting classes,  suggested reading and discussions.



We would like to hear from you! Send us a message using form below with your questions, interests or anything else. If you are interested in applying, send your resume and photo to