Retreat Caretakers Needed

30 May 2015

We are looking for reliable, committed and trustworthy caretakers for the upcoming one year retreat, which is due to begin in October/November this year.

Caretakers are needed for both the Men’s Retreat on Arran and the Women’s Retreat on Holy Isle. The initial commitment is for one year, with a view to continuing for up to four years.

Some information about the role:

  • board and lodging will be provided but as with everyone who helps run our centres, the job is voluntary and unpaid;
  • it will be useful for applicants to have some handyman skills, to be able to cook if required (though this is not expected to be a regular duty), to have a clean driving licence (for the men’s retreat but not the women’s);
  • duties will involve helping to order and bring supplies to the retreat and handling any needs or requests the retreaters may have;
  • the right person will be contented to live in a remote place with minimal social life, will respect the sanctity and privacy of the retreat, and be willing to avoid all but the most essential communication with the retreaters themselves;
  • there is likely to be plenty of time available for personal dharma study and practice and the solitude and peace of the retreat is an ideal place for this;
  • all candidates will be interviewed by our Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche.

If you are interested please send an email to giving some background information about yourself.

The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
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Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
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In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
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