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

IT Manager

This is an exceptional opportunity to join the Dzogchen Beara management team in a key role that supports all of our activities.

Overseeing a team that also provides AV support, you will help to bring the benefit of the Buddhist teachings to those visiting here to do retreat, or connecting from a distance, online. You will assist all departments in their day-to-day work and help ensure a pleasant experience for online visitors, seeking information or booking.

In addition you will take a lead in helping us look to the future, visualising and planning the IT requirements that will come with the new temple, opening in 2022!

Download a role description for the IT Manager here

To apply please email your curriculm vitae with a letter of application to

AV/IT Support

If you have good Audio/Video (AV) skills and some IT knowledge, this is an excellent opportunity to support the Dzogchen Beara programme team with our onsite retreats and events (when we open up again) and with developing our online programme.

You will also have a role in assisting our communications team and very importantly in visualising and planning the AV setup and operations for the new temple.

Download a role description for AV/IT Support here

To apply please email your curriculm vitae with a letter of application to

Special Volunteer Roles

We currently have a vacancy for a Resident Spiritual Care Volunteer.

The Spiritual Care Centre was specially created to help people who are living with illness or disability, who have received a new diagnosis or are experiencing grief or burnout. We also offer support for professional carers working in the healthcare sector or home carers who are looking after family.

You can learn more about our services by clicking here

This position comes with a single en suite room in the Spiritual Care Centre, with ocean view and full catering (vegetarian).

Download a role description for the Resident Spiritual Care Volunteer here

To apply please email your curriculm vitae with a letter of application to the

Practising Sangha Volunteer Roles

Are you a Rigpa student who would like;

  • to live in a beautiful place and a perfect retreat environment?
  • to deepen your study and practice while working at the heart of a spiritual community?
  • to contribute to our work of making the Buddhist teachings of meditation, compassion and wisdom available to the modern world.

We don’t have any vacancies at the moment but if you have an interest in working as part of the team responsible for holding the spiritual practice at the heart of our community please get in touch to be considered for future opportunities:

The Practising Sangha are a team whose work days are made up of a combination of paid and volunteer hours, designed as much as possible so that they can attend, hold and assist with the daily schedule of spiritual practice and ritual at Dzogchen Beara.

Benefits include comfortable rent-free accommodation in your own room in an area of retreat and full catering.

You can also avail of:

  • Group study sessions, the All Encompassing Path and Sangha Gatherings
  • Access to the beautiful shrine rooms for personal practice and a library with a wide range of materials for personal study.
  • Opportunities to attend the events and retreats on the Dzogchen Beara programme which includes visiting Lamas and senior Rigpa instructors.
  • The offer of one week of personal retreat with the support and guidance of an experienced instructor.
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