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

Café and Shop Assistant

This is an opportunity for an assistant on a four day week. Experience in working as a barista, food service, retail, till and card machine operation are all plusses but on-job training will be provided to the right candidates.

The café is a popular destination for locals and tourists, a first point of contact for visitors and a social hub for our community. The café serves a wide range of coffees and teas, snacks, baked goods and light lunches from our kitchen. The shop offers a small range of gifts and supports for meditation practice and selected books related to Buddhism and spirituality. Candidates should have an interest in and openness to Buddhist values.

Download job description here.

Download application form here.

Please send your completed application form with an up-to-date curriculum vitae to

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.

Designated Volunteer Roles

Designated Volunteer Roles are for people who have specific skills needed at that time. Applicants are offered a minimum of a three-month contract period, with a 6-week probationary period. A typical working day is six hours a day, five days a week, flexible.

The roles come with a private room, vegetarian meals and the opportunity to attend retreats and events as your hours allow.

Volunteers are encouraged to join daily Guided Meditation Practices and to participate in any support sessions that are provided for volunteers. Volunteers can also attend retreats and events, dependent on work commitments and length of stay.

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

Practising Sangha 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

Download application form here.

Retreat Attendant – Long Term Retreat

The Retreat Attendant works closely with the Retreat Manager to look after long-term retreatants and people doing shorter personal retreats.

The role entails maintaining an environment that is conducive to practice and retreat in both retreat houses – Longchen and Centre House. The retreat attendant is responsible for taking care of the practical needs of retreatants, to support their retreat

This is a wonderful opportunity for a Rigpa Sangha member to join the retreat team at the spiritual heart of Dzogchen Beara, looking after people in personal, group and long-term retreats.

Job details here

Download application form here.

Please email your completed application to

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