WORKING AND SERVING AT LE MOULIN

During certain times of the year, people can stay and work and serve as part of the Moulin staff and team, in areas such as the kitchen, household, gardening and administration. To apply you need to have a background in Dharma and meditation practice and be committed to living and working in community.

There are different ways to be here, which include a full-time paid post, living and working for up to 6 months as a Kitchen assistant or Household Manager, or in a General Manager post.

Or you may wish to come for a shorter period, as a work retreatant helping out for 1 or 2 months depending on the job.

Working here is a practice of seva – service, caring for between 20 to 80 visitors on retreat each week, living and working alongside other staff and full time residents, in silence, in solitude, in community and in interaction.

WORKING AND SERVING AT LE MOULIN

FULL-TIME PAID POSITIONS

Kitchen Assistant  from  07/03 to early November
(with a 2 or 3 week break in September)
(N.B.: we will also consider shorter stays)

For this role it is recommended to have previous experience in a kitchen setting and to enjoy preparing food, cooking and keeping the kitchen clean and organised.
It is important to feel at ease and happy to work in an atmosphere of silence and be prepared to work under pressure at times.
Being able to understand and to speak basic French will be necessary.

 

Primary responsibilities:

– Assisting the kitchen manager and the chef with lunch and dinner preparation

– Bringing prepared food to buffet area

– Breakfast preparation and lay out

– Washing serving dishes, utensils and kitchen equipment.

– Keeping the kitchen and related areas clean and organized (rear kitchen, dining hall, buffet area, dining tables, etc)

– Removing trash, recycling, and food scraps from the kitchen.

– Sweeping and mopping kitchen

– Collecting bread from our local boulangerie

– Checking in, putting away and organizing deliveries

– Explaining contemplative work tasks to retreatants

– Having 1 or 2  days off each week depending on the program.

– Assisting in other areas of Le Moulin as and when needed. Assisting with  cleaning chores around the retreat center between courses to prepare for the next course.

– Required to work varying shifts as scheduled, with start times as early as 6:00 am and ending times as late as 20:30 pm

– Supports and protects silent retreat environment.

Household Manager
from 20/06 to 05/09

We are seeking a Household manager to create a clean, orderly and welcoming environment for retreatants and (visiting) teachers.
This role will involve maintaining clean, tidy, and appealing spaces in our buildings, which range from an over 100-year-old old factory in beautiful condition to modern accommodations built in recent years.
It is important to feel at ease and happy to work independently and in an atmosphere of silence and be prepared to work under pressure at times.
Being able to understand and to speak basic French will be necessary.

Primary Responsibilities:

– Keeping buildings clean and orderly on an ongoing basis by performing a wide range of cleaning duties.

– Performing a variety of cleaning activities such as, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, dusting bathroom cleaning, making beds, window washing, laundry, and similar housekeeping tasks.

– Ensuring all rooms are cared for and inspected according to standards

– Tracking inventory; organizes and restocks supplies.

– Creating and overseeing flower arrangements.

– Checking in, putting away and organizing linen deliveries

– Explaining contemplative work tasks to retreatants

– Having 1 or 2  days off each week depending on the program.

– Assisting in other areas of Le Moulin as and when needed (kitchen wash up, breakfast prep, collecting bread from local boulangerie, etc)

– Required to work varying shifts as scheduled, with start times as early as 6:00 am and ending times as late as 20:30 pm

– Supports and protects silent retreat environment

Gardener (part-time)
2022 – March to October

We are looking for a person to take care of the Moulin grounds.
This will involve managing 1,5 hectares of land, mixed between grass areas, shaded park and ornamental gardens.
It is important to feel at ease and happy to work independently and in an atmosphere of silence.
Being able to understand and to speak basic French will be necessary.

Primary responsibilities:

– 10-12 grass cuts per year.

– Annual hedge cutting

– Annual pruning of fruit trees and ornamental bushes

– Gradual development of various ornamental areas

– Ongoing maintenance:

– Cutting down bamboo, weeding, watering, making bouquets of flowers, moving/chopping wood, etc.

– Explaining contemplative work tasks to retreatants

WORKING AS A VOLUNTEER AT LE MOULIN

Recommended stay – 2 months

This season we are looking for work retreatants to help out either as a household volunteer, kitchen volunteer and multi-task role,  for a period of between 4 – 8 weeks

Working here is a practice of service, of silence, caring for 20 to 80 visitors on retreat each week, living and working alongside other staff and full time residents.

Work retreatants will work 5 hours per day, 6 days a week with 1 day off a week.  There are staff/team meditation periods morning and evening which you are encouraged to attend and you will meet with a teacher/facilitator to discuss your time and practice here. There maybe the opportunity to participate in some (not all) of Le Moulin retreats and events, according to the working schedule.

If you are considering taking this post you should have previous retreat experience, at Le Moulin or elsewhere. Work retreatants commitment typically runs from middle of April until September or October but differs each year depending on our schedule.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Availability for Kitchen assistant – Dates for 2022

1 Kitchen volunteer  – extra help for the summer season: (preferably 2 months)

– 21st of April to 20th of June

– 19th of May to 20th of June

– 20th of June to 17th of July

– 17th of July to 5th of September

– 14th of September to 21st of October

For this role it is recommended to have previous experience in a kitchen setting and to enjoy preparing food, and keeping the kitchen clean and organised.

It is important to feel at ease and happy to work in an atmosphere of silence and be prepared to work under pressure at times.

Being able to understand and to speak basic French will be helpful.

Primary responsibilities

– Assisting the kitchen manager and the chef with lunch and dinner preparation

– Bringing prepared food to buffet area

– Breakfast preparation and lay out

– Washing serving dishes, utensils and kitchen equipment.

– Keeping the kitchen and related areas clean and organised (rear kitchen, dining hall, buffet area, dining tables, etc)

– Removing trash, recycling, and food scraps from the kitchen.

– Sweeping and mopping kitchen

– Collecting bread from our local boulangerie

– Putting away and organising deliveries

– Explaining contemplative work tasks to retreatants

– Having 1 or 2 days off each week depending on the program.

– Assisting in other areas of Le Moulin as and when needed. Assisting with  cleaning chores around the retreat center between courses to prepare for the next course.

– Required to work varying shifts as scheduled, with start times as early as 6:00 am and ending times as late as 08:30 pm

If you are interested in the above available positions, please fill out the Work Retreat application form below. If applicable, if you would like to do only one month, either the first month or last month of the different options, contact the Moulin Manager for availability.

Household volunteer

1 Household volunteer: (preferably 2 months)

– 19th of May to 20th of June

– 20th of June to 17th of July

– 17th of July to 5th of September

– 14th of September to 21st of October

This role will involve assisting the Household Manager to maintain clean, tidy, and appealing spaces in our buildings, which range from an over 100-year-old old factory in beautiful condition to modern accommodations built in recent years.

It is important to feel at ease and happy to work independently and in an atmosphere of silence and be prepared to work under pressure at times.

Being able to understand and to speak basic French will be helpful.

Primary Responsibilities

– Keeping buildings clean and orderly on an ongoing basis by performing a wide range of cleaning duties.

– Performing a variety of cleaning activities such as, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, dusting bathroom cleaning, making beds, window washing, laundry, and similar housekeeping tasks.

– Creating flower arrangements

– Checking in, putting away and organising linen deliveries

– Explaining contemplative work tasks to retreatants

– Having 1 or 2 days off each week depending on the program.

– Assisting in other areas of Le Moulin as and when needed (kitchen wash up, breakfast prep, collecting bread from local boulangerie, etc)

– Required to work varying shifts as scheduled, with start times as early as 6:00 am and ending times as late as 08:30 pm

– Supports and protects silent retreat environment

Multi task/Varied Role

2 volunteers in a multi-task role / aide multi taches: (preferably 2 months stay)

– 10th of march to 14 April

– 14th of April to 19th of May

– 19th of May to 20th of June

– 20th of June to 17th of July

– 17th of July to 5th of September

– 14th of September to 21st of October

This job involves helping out in different areas around Le Moulin as and when needed.
Please read the description for kitchen assistant and household areas for more detailed information.
It is important to feel at ease and happy to work in an atmosphere of silence and be prepared to work under pressure at times.
Being able to understand and to speak basic French will be helpful.

In the job the person will:

– Help out in different areas around the centre as and when needed, see below a brief description

– Have 1 or 2  days off each week depending on the program.

– Have to explain contemplative work tasks to retreatants

– Be required to work varying shifts as scheduled, with start times as early as 6:00 am and ending times as late as 20:30 pm

– Be expected to support and protect the silent retreat environment;

Tasks overview for each area

(Please read the description for kitchen assistant and household areas for more detailed information).

Household:

cleaning duties, including, but not limited to: vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, making beds, window washing, laundry, and similar housekeeping tasks

Kitchen:

assisting the chef and kitchen manager in the kitchen with meal preparation, washing up kitchen utensils and putting them away.

Gardening:

cutting down bamboo, weeding, watering, making bouquets of flowers, moving/cutting wood, etc.

Testimonials

I had such a brilliant time here! Anyone that ends up here has totally lucked up. Such a lovely peaceful atmosphere and the work is fun and leaves plenty of time to do your own thing. Only criticism is that there is too much delicious food to eat and it is incredibly difficult not to eat constantly… People here are all so interesting and kind as well – I ended up staying an extra week because I got ill the day before I was supposed to leave – I have never been so well looked after in my entire life!

 

A great experience! I met wonderful and interesting people from all over the world and was lucky enough to really connect with a few. Almost without exception the welcome was warm from everyone. The setting was unbelievable in its peacefulness and tranquility. The work in the kitchen was intense but fun cooking for over 90 people each day. Although I was apprehensive about sleeping in a tent I learned to like “my little cave”. The food was excellent and plentiful. I especially loved the campfires and learning to salsa dance!

 

My two weeks at the mill were magical. The retreat is located next to a small village in the beautiful French countryside, isolated enough for quite reflection but still accessible from Bordeaux and Perigueux. I learned so much from Martin, Gail, Ian and the rest of the staff, an eclectic collection of international peace-seekers, and I felt immediately at home. The work was fair, the vegetarian meals were DELICIOUS, and the overall experience was unforgettable. Thank you for the opportunity.

How to apply

If you are interested in any of the above positions at Le Moulin then please fill out the relevant application:

 

Full-time paid
or
Volunteer
Feel free to add any other information that you think may be useful.
Thank you for your interest.