Learn the Art of Bronze Sculpture at Buddhist Retreat Center


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Tin Barn Roadsan francisco, CA 94709

Meaningful Work for Body, Mind and Spirit


This is a full-time live-in residential opportunity in a Buddhist Retreat Center.

Do you enjoy hands-on work fabricating large-scale projects in metal, clay, and wood? Are you interested in wax sculptures, metal craft, and casting and welding bronze?

Our team is seeking hardy, strong resident apprentices to be involved with our extensive Sacred Art project fabricating small to large Buddhist statues.

Odiyan Retreat Center is located on a 1000-acre spiritual and ecological preserve in rural Sonoma County, Northern California. We are perched on top of a ridge overlooking rolling mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Odiyan is modeled after Tibet's first monastery-a three-dimensional mandala. This mandala strives to manifests a way of life that integrates work with a path of self-exploration.


Odiyan Retreat Center offers a challenging and rewarding live-work retreat program where work is the vehicle for your inner development. You will mainly participate in detailed wax sculpture repair, mold making, bronze casting, statue breakout, sanding and polishing.

Outside of the Foundry, part of your working hours will also include cooking, kitchen clean-up, harvesting in vegetable gardens, maintaining the Temples, landscaping, and tending to our wildlife (exotic birds, horses, dogs etc).

  • Free housing in large room with balcony
  • Communal bathroom/shower and laundry
  • Free home-cooked vegetarian meals and beverages
  • Free WI-FI and domestic phone calls
  • A living allowance of $150 per month
  • Free skill training in a wide range of trades and traditional arts
  • Access to healthy setting of nature, hiking trails, wide-open spaces, sacred beauty, fresh air, clean water, and nutritious food.
  • Free Classes on Development of Mind & Spirit, Tibetan yoga, Skillful Means, meditation and more
  • Opportunity to engage in a wholesome lifestyle of self-sufficiency, meaningful work, inner development, and taking responsibility.

  • Healthy and without significant mental or physical health issues
  • Comfortable with heavy lifting, good manual dexterity and multi-limb coordination while using hand tools such as grinders, polishers, and sand blasters
  • Experience not required
  • Eager for a hard-working wholesome lifestyle of service
  • Minimum age of 23 years old
  • Minimum commitment is 6 months
  • The ideal volunteer is open-minded, self-reflective and ready to engage deeply on both inner and outer levels. Couples are welcome
  • We cannot accept children or animal companions
  • We are a smoke and drug free community.

Join our team now!

We are seeking people who have a sincere interest in Buddhism and exploring work as a path to inner freedom. Our weekly schedule is rigorous (6 days a week) and rewarding!

Learn more about us:

Visit http://www.volunteer.odiyan.org for details, photos, application, and everything you need to know about living and working at Or follow us on Facebook: OdiyanBuddhistRetreatCenter

How To Apply

Send your resume and clear photo of yourself to volunteer@odiyan.org. Or go to www.volunteer.odiyan.org to download an application. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call us at 510-981-1987


  • Welding
  • Woodworking
  • Exhibition Arts
  • Farming
  • Carpentry
  • Auto Mechanics / Repair

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 23
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