Work with us

Volunteer Visits

Many people who visit Adhisthana have a strong impulse to give their time and energy to the project. Adhisthana thrives on volunteers, and we want to give opportunities to as many people as possible. Having volunteers is a great opportunity for people to become part of the wider Adhisthana network, and develop relationships with the place, the community and Bhante.

We’re particularly interested in skills in any of the categories below: Building, Gardening, Plumbing, Electrics, Cooking, Cleaning, Painting and Decorating, Audio/Video Editing, Graphic design, Tech, Admin

If would like to find out more please email us. Unfortunately, due to immigration law, we can only accept volunteers who have an existing right to work in the UK (this now excludes citizens of the European Union, but not Ireland).

Adhisthana came alive to me in a more personal way though volunteering. Joining with the community over those few days gave me a hearty appreciation for everything that goes in to the life of Adhisthana, and I so enjoyed putting all of myself into physical work, showing my gratitude in giving something back (with buckets of earth!)
Edward Lawrence, Sheffield

Volunteer Retreats

Keep an eye out for upcoming work retreats, where you can come together with other volunteers and the Operations Team, to participate in the collective project of beautifying Adhisthana.

When I first attended for a retreat at Adisthana I was drawn to being part of and helping to maintain the inner and outer beauty I could see was being created there. Volunteering has given me the opportunity to do just that. Working in the gardens, cleaning or doing the laundry always puts me in touch with a deep gratitude for my teachers and all who make this movement and order a reality.
Annette Schlaudraff, Swansea

Join the Operations Team

The Adhisthana Operations Team is looking for community-minded Order Members and Mitras in training for Ordination who would like to serve Bhante’s vision. We particularly welcome applications from those with experience in maintenance, horticulture, cooking, tech or admin, but we’re keen to hear form anyone who wants to commit themselves to a full Dharma life at Adhisthana. See our current vacancies below.

For more information or to inquire, please contact Khemabandhu.

Working and living at Adhisthana gives me the opportunity to grow spiritually in the challenge of a strong and harmonious community and team, and meeting people here from within many places in Triratna is very enriching.
Rochani, Operations Team

We currently have a number of vacancies for which we’re recruiting. Below is a list of roles we need filled. Depending on skills, experience and temperament some new hires will fulfil two of these roles. e.g. one person taking on to cook part-time and be an online retreat technician part time.

ROLE: Front of house

The Front of House is the first point of contact for those coming to Adhisthana, and plays a central role in communications, both with those who live at Adhisthana, and those who visit this place. This also involves coordinating the practical aspect of retreats and meetings here, from arrival through to departure. We’re looking for someone to work with Caroline, our current Front of House, to maintain and improve the standard of communication and organisation of our events.

Some experience of working in an administrative forward-facing role is ideal. You will receive training on the job. A desire to create the best conditions for our retreatants and guests to contact the Dharma is required. For a GFR Mitra or Order Member.

Get in touch with Khemabandhu.

ROLE: Cook

The kitchen plays a central role at Adhisthana nourishing and sustaining retreatants, guests and the communities. We’re looking for someone to work with Lizzie, our catering-trained Kitchen Manager, to keep up a steady flow of delicious food produced in a friendly, harmonious kitchen.

Some experience of cooking for large numbers is ideal. You will receive training on the job. A desire to create the best conditions for our retreatants and guests to contact the Dharma is required. For a GFR Mitra or Order Member.

Get in touch with Khemabandhu.

ROLE: Technician (ONLINE Retreats)

An exciting new expansion at Adhisthana is the development of a strong online programme, building on all that we learnt during the lockdown of 2020 and allowing us to reach more and more people. Our team of online retreat tech support is looking for a new member to help us take on a full programme of online events for 2021, using our new dual retreat setup, which allows us to discreetly broadcast residential retreats to online retreatants.

Desired experience with or willingness to learn:

  • Running events on zoom
  • General computer competence
  • Willingness to serve retreatants and retreat leaders
  • Responsive
  • Friendly manner
  • Willing to work in a team

Get in touch with Khemabandhu.

ROLE: Marketing, Publicity & Communications

Developing and executing a marketing strategy, you’ll work closely with the Dharma Team to understand and communicate to the Order, movement and general public the vision and events of Adhisthana. We’re expanding to serve the international community with online offerings, to build up a large archive of quality Dharma teaching from the movements most experienced teachers and be an important voice in Triratna’s presentation and deepening practice of the Dharma. So there’s significant scope for new ideas and creativity as our marketing, publicity and communications needs have greatly expanded. For a GFR Mitra or Order Member.

Desired experience with or willingness to learn:

  • Developing a marketing strategy, to maximise access to and participation in Adhisthana events
  • Social media management (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube)
  • Website editing (WordPress)
  • Copywriting (emails, blogs, event blurbs etc)
  • Content creation and management (videos, audio, interviews, promos)
  • Basic Graphic design (with guidance from Dhammarati, an experienced Graphic Designer)
  • Basic video editing
  • Printing posters & Flyers
  • Building & coordinating a team of on-the-ground ambassadors around the world to promote our events

Get in touch with Khemabandhu.

ROLE: full-stack web developer

During the lockdown of 2020 we took the opportunity to rebuild our website which launched early in 2021, but the work is far from over. As we expand our online offering the website will need to respond and adapt. We’re looking for a web developer to take on this task. There is the opportunity to combine web development work with other, more hands-on tasks. For a GFR Mitra or Order Member.

Ideally experience with:

  • PHP
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • WordPress

Get in touch with Khemabandhu.

ROLE: Maintenance

With 7 buildings ranging from 30 to 230 years old, there’s plenty of upkeep required across our site. Our longstanding, hardworking and capable maintenance man, Yashodeva, has recently been appointed a Public Preceptor and will have less time and energy available to make our buildings look loved and cared for. You’ll work under the guidance of Yashodeva when he’s around and will need to be confident and self-driven when he’s off leading ordination training retreats. For a GFR Mitra or Order Member.

Possible tasks include:

  • General Repairs
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Basic Plumbing
  • Window & Door Repairs
  • Gutters & Drains
  • Lighting
  • Renovations & Upgrades

Get in touch with Khemabandhu.

ROLE: Assistant

You will work closely with the Manager and Dharma Team to help us with the ambitious project of unfolding the vision of Adhisthana to its full potential with the opportunity to take on significant responsibility. You will be strongly driven by the desire to serve this project. For a GFR Mitra or Order Member.

Desirable qualities:

  • Eye for detail
  • Good organisation
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Discretion and trustworthiness
  • Basic tech competency
  • Great communication and team working skills

Tasks include:

  • Arranging meetings, taking minutes, scheduling, compiling agenda
  • Supporting projects
  • Writing
  • Document preparation
  • Research
  • Aptitude for proofreading
  • Basic video editing (bonus)

Get in touch with Khemabandhu.

ROLE: Online Programme Coordinator

You will work very closely with the Dharma Team to be the driving force behind our new push for a strong online presence making extensive use of our new Connected Shrine Room. You will be driven by the desire to serve and vivify this project. Our online programme could include live classes, courses, puja and a ‘thought for the week’ with plenty of scope for new ideas and creativity. The need for this role will arise towards the end of 2021 after our online program has started, but we welcome expressions of interest now. For a GFR Mitra or Order Member.

Desirable qualities:

  • Motivated and able to make ideas happen
  • Understanding of how people engage with online content
  • Competent with technology (Zoom, webcams, microphones etc)
  • Basic video editing (or willingness to learn)
  • Comfortable with hosting online sessions, good presentation skills
  • Ability to coordinate, liaise and work with Dharma teachers
  • Requirement to work flexibly (e.g. evenings) as required by scheduled online sessions
  • International focus (accommodating a range of timezones, languages)
  • Opportunity for Dharma Teaching (for an Order Member)
  • Comfortable doing fundraising/dana appeals

Get in touch with Khemabandhu.

Join the Dharma Team

In 2020 Adhisthana formed a Dharma Team to hold and execute the vision and direction of Adhisthana. The existing team consists in Saddhanandi, Saddhaloka, Dhammarati, Shubhavyuha & James with Ratnagosha joining in Autumn 2021. We are looking for two more experienced Order Members to join us! It’s a great opportunity to dedicate yourself to ensuring Bhante’s legacy is passed on.

If you’re interested, please contact the Dharma Team.

I had no hesitation in saying yes [to joining the Dharma Team], because I am very keen on the in-depth exploration and dissemination of the teachings of Bhante Sangharakshita and I want to do all I can to further the cause of creating and developing our worldwide Triratna Community and the inspiring vision of a vast web of spiritual friendships embracing many cultures and continents.
Ratnaghosha, Dharma Team

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