Volunteering at  Karmê Chöling is an amazing opportunity to live in the beautiful Green Mountains of rural Vermont, be an active member of a mindful community, engage in contemplative practice and study, and support life-changing experiences for each other and our residents.

Current Volunteer Opportunities


Working as a Garden Assistant at KCL is an excellent opportunity to learn organic gardening and composting from a Master Gardener. At KCL the Garden Assistant lives and participates in the household while working outdoors in vegetable, herb, and flower production.
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The kitchen assistant helps the kitchen manager and head cook in preparing nutritious, well-balanced, uplifted meals that use appropriate local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. This position takes responsibility for maintaining a clean and sanitary environment, complying with the specific dietary needs of individuals in the household, assisting in food prep and dish washing as needed.
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Work and Benefits

You commit to:

  • Working 27.5 hours per week
  • Contribute 3 to 5 hours a week helping with community work (doing dishes, etc.)
  • Daily Shambhala meditation practice with the Karme Choling staff
  • Attend some volunteer classes, meetings, social outings and community events.

You receive:

  • Room and board; accommodations includes meals and shared indoor dorms; 
  • Free classes in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition;
  • Two hours each day for formal meditation/contemplation practice and/or study;
  • An assigned meditation instructor to receive support and answer questions about your practice; and
  • Program credit that may be applied to program tuition for any Karmê Chöling program.

Volunteering is an excellent way to attend classes in an affordable way while giving back to the community.

How to Apply 

Staff, volunteers and residents must agree to abide by our Karmê Chöling Code of Conduct and a routine, confidential background check. Additionally, while COVID is a concern, all new residents need to quarantine before moving into the house and must also abide by current COVID protocols. Off-site commuting is not an option at this time.

Sorry, pets are strictly prohibited.

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