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2018 Allston WayBerkeley, CA 94704


Seeking dedicated idealists for the Mandala Training Program!

We are looking for responsible, serious residents who are excited to explore a way of life centered on community, personal growth, and service to others.

We offer a challenging and enriching work-study environment, where working to benefit others is the key to unlocking your inner potential.

Are you curious and creative? Do you love participating in a variety of activities, working in non-profit, team-oriented settings, and cooperating with others to accomplish a shared vision to bring goodness into the world? Then the Mandala Training Program may be the perfect place for you.

The program includes:

1. Freshly-prepared vegetarian meals

2. Housing in a community setting - either your own room, or with one roommate.

3. Classes on meditation, mindfulness, Tibetan yoga, Buddhism, and more at the Nyingma Institute, Dharma College, and Mangalam Center

4. Daily meditation and practices

5. Opportunity to transform work into a meaningful practice that leads to inner development and benefits others

Work-practice assignments may include:

1. Copywriting, e-marketing, email design, website updates, social media

2. Event planning and coordination, office administration

3. Grant-writing, both academic and for non-profits

4. Sacred art projects, especially involving sewing

5. Cooking vegetarian meals for groups

6. Maintenance and property management, including gardening

7. Bookkeeping

8. Volunteer management and coordination

9. Information technology

We seek people who have the experience, education, or who have the aptitude and willingness to learn and develop the necessary skills in one or more of these areas. Special training will be provided for the sacred art projects.

Selection Criteria:

1. Willingness to fully participate in all program activities

2. Readiness to contribute energy and enthusiasm

3. Open-minded, self-reflective, and ready to learn and engage deeply on inner and outer levels.

4. Will follow all the program rules and abide by a simple Code of Conduct for the community.

5. Healthy and able to care for oneself, and without significant mental or physical health issues

6. Comfortable with either office work or light physical work, or a combination

7. You do not need to be Buddhist, but you must be open, respectful, and curious about what we do.

8. Minimum commitment is 6 months

9. Couples are welcome.

10. We are a drug-free community and ask that alcohol and meat not be brought onto the premises.

Please visit for full details about the program.

We are located in the colorful and free-spirited city of Berkeley, near the university. The Mandala Training program offers a structure to help you work with and deepen your experience, with mandatory morning meditation and a class specially designed for full-time participants.

How to apply

Visit our website to download the application and email it to

Please also feel free to reach out with any questions or to chat about living and working with us!



Link to application:


  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Program Management
  • Market Research / Analysis
  • Administrative Support

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 month commitment, full-time

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