During certain times of the year, people can stay and serve as part of the volunteer team, helping with cooking, gardening, household and administration. Volunteers need a commitment to dharma practice and to living and working in community for 3 to 5 months.
Working here is a practice of service, caring for 20 to 80 visitors on retreat each week, living and working alongside other staff and full time residents.
Volunteers work 6 hours per day, 5 days a week, or 5 hours per day, 6 days a week. There is also time in which you can participate in some of the retreats and events we offer. Volunteers participate in the moulin rhythm of silent mornings outside of retreat times, and commit to 2 meditation sittings per day.
If you are considering volunteering, you should have previous retreat exoperience, at Le Moulin or elsewhere. Volunteer commitment typically runs from early May until the September, but differs each year depending on our schedule.
Below are descriptions of different volunteer positions:
Below are brief descriptions of the different jobs involved here. Please note that although you may have one particular job, you will also need to help out with some of the other jobs mentioned.
We need experienced cooks. During the busy spring summer season, we need minimum of 2/3 people to manage the kitchen. The work involves cooking 2 or 3 main meals per week, preparing breakfast and supper, compiling shopping lists and sometimes going shopping. You will also need to look after and keep the kitchen area clean. It is useful to have had cooking experience for 10- 60 people and to enjoy cooking.
This includes arriving in the spring time and planting seeds, preparing and looking after the vegetable garden through out the season until the end of summer. Garden experience is useful.
This job includes cleaning the communal areas, washing and drying bedding and checking and cleaning rooms after visitors have left and explaining jobs to visitors during the work period.
You will need to speak good English and French, and the job will include answering the telephone, emails, welcoming visitors and doing basic office duties.
If you are interested in any of the above team positions at Le Moulin, check above under “Positions now available” to see availability then fill out an application form.
Feel free to add any other information that you think may be useful.
Thank you for your interest.