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

We currently have no vacancies.

Special Volunteer Roles

Café Barista

This is a role at the heart of Dzogchen Beara’s daily activities, connected to the community, visitors, guests and participants in retreats.

As a member of the Café and Shop Team you will often be the first person to welcome visitors to Dzogchen Beara, making the important first impression and answering general questions about the centre. This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic person with barista experience, and with an interest in Buddhism.

The role requires a commitment of 30 hours weekly, starting in June. Your accommodation will be  in the farmhouse hostel dormitory and vegetarian food will be provided. You are welcome to attend daily guided meditation sessions and retreats on-site and on-line.

For further details please send an expression of interest, with a completed application form (download here) and Curriculum Vitae to

Kitchen Assistant

Dzogchen Beara is famous for its food. This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic volunteer with basic cooking skills to join our kitchen team, feeding our community, visitors and retreatants with nourishing and delicious vegetarian fare.

The role requires a commitment of 30 hours weekly. Your accommodation will be  in the farmhouse hostel with full board. Working around your rota it will also be possible to attend some daily guided meditation sessions and retreats on-site and on-line.

The ability to bake a cake and make soup are the minimum skills needed whilst being happy to help with wash-up and vegetable preparation as required.

For further details please send an expression of interest and Curriculum Vitae to

Practising Sangha Volunteer Roles

Retreat Attendant and Household Manager

An opportunity for a Rigpa student to join the retreat-team at the spiritual heart of Dzogchen Beara, looking after people in personal, group and long-term retreats. The role will suit someone with at least a Ngondro level of practice, who is a good communicator and team player. Your hours will allow for attending daily practice.

Read a job description here.

Please send your expression of interest in the role, with a completed application form (download here) and Curriculum Vitae to

Practice Team Assistants

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