Work Opportunities at Dzogchen Beara

Dzogchen Beara offers opportunities for paid employment, work exchange volunteering and the chance for Rigpa students to join our team of resident Practising Sangha volunteers.

For information on paid employment, Practising Sangha and work-exchange volunteer positions please see below.

Employment Opportunities

Maintenance Team

This is a role on the team overseeing general maintenance and repair of Dzogchen Beara’s buildings.

The position requires basic electrical, plumbing and carpentry skills, plus familiarity with using power tools and workshop equipment. The right candidate should also have a license to drive a van and trailer.

If you are a team player with good communication skills who is interested in the role please email an expression of interest to our Development Director here.

Specialist Volunteer Roles

Specialist Volunteer Roles are for people who have specific skills needed at that time.

The roles include more hours than a work-exchange position and come with a private room.

If you would like us to contact you should a role suitable for your skills and experience arise please send an expression of interest, with a completed application form (download here) and Curriculum Vitae to

Resident Spiritual Care Volunteer

The Spiritual Care Centre at Dzogchen Beara offers a safe and supportive environment for guests living with life-limiting illness, recovering from treatment or experiencing bereavement, and for those who care for them.

Residential volunteers hold a key role in the team offering hospitality to guests and assisting on retreats, workshops and other events.

You will find a detailed job description here.

The role is an exceptional opening for someone with an interest in spiritual care, or relevant experience and includes opportunities for training and attending retreats and workshops. We are seeking a candidate who will give a minimum commitment of six months.

This position comes with an ensuite room in an apartment in the Spiritual Care Centre. The apartment is shared with the second residential volunteer. You will also receive vegetarian food and an allowance.

Please send an expression of interest, with a completed application form (download here) and Curriculum Vitae to

Practising Sangha Volunteer Roles

Practice Team Assistants (Rigpa Students)

With the opening of the temple at Dzogchen Beara on the horizon, there is a need to expand and develop our practice team. With this in mind, we are seeking to recruit passionate Practice Team Assistants who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of Vajrayana practice.

This is an evolving role with an opportunity for development in one or more aspects of Vajrayana practice including shrine ritual, practice co-ordination, and/or umdze activities and musical instruments.

If you are a Rigpa student interested in joining the team responsible for holding the spiritual practice at the heart of our community please contact

Benefits include accommodation in your own retreat room, full catering and a monthly allowance.

Job details here

Application Form here

Work-Retreat Programme

We now offer the opportunity for Rigpa Ngondro/Sadhana students to come and be on retreat at Dzogchen Beara, for no charge, in exchange for five hours work a day, five days a week.

Positions on the Work-Retreat Programme are available for periods of one month up to three months.

You can apply at any time: Places are limited to two and are allocated according to the support needs of the Dzogchen Beara team.

Work-Retreat Programme participants are supported in entering into retreat with boundaries and share responsibility for maintaining the retreat area.

You will have a single room in a reserved retreat area with glorious views out over the Atlantic Ocean. Rigpa students have been doing retreat in these rooms for over 20 years, and fruition of their practice is tangible – you can feel the blessings in the peaceful and settled atmosphere.

There is silence in the retreat area until 1pm, and again from 8pm onwards.

You are encouraged to join the local sangha for daily group practices in the morning and evening.

You will have access to an extensive library of books and teachings and instructor support as well as full catering and a laundry service, so when you are not working you can practice undistractedly.

Further information and applications to

Work-Exchange Volunteer Roles

The Dzogchen Beara Work-Exchange programme offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to live and work in a spiritual environment. Work-Exchange volunteers are able (and encouraged) to join daily meditation practice sessions and, when work commitments allow, attend weekend retreats for free.

For information on opportunities in this programme please contact us at