WORKING AND SERVING AT THE MOULIN
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 chef, or in a General Manager post.
Or you may wish to come for a shorter period, as a work retreatant helping out for either 2 weeks or for 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.
There are two General Manager who oversee Moulin retreats to facilitate the best retreat experience for visitors. The GM is a contact point for retreat leaders and contributes to overall retreat preparation, welcoming participants, delivering opening and closing talks regarding housekeeping matters and liaising with the administrator and head chef. The General Manager is also responsible for scheduling and training short term volunteers in various housekeeping tasks.
The general manager will oversee the smooth running of the kitchen area and the household area.
They need to have a hands on approach and not be shy to help out and in any task that is required of them.
A successful applicant will have the following:
• Retreat experience and a committed dharma practice for more than 3 years.
• Excellent organisational and relational skills
• Previous experience in event management
• Be completely fluent in either English or French, and have at least a moderate level of the other.
• Be committed to this position for the next 3 years.
• This job will be shared among 2 people.
Availability for General Manager
2022 – March to early November
To apply it is useful to have had some experience of working in a similar role beforehand, either at le moulin or in another meditation or retreat centre. We ask that you know some basic french language and you most have a Dharma / meditation background for more than 3 years.
The dates differs each year, but generally this position starts end of March, early April and ends in October, beginning of November. You would be expected to stay for the whole season.
If you are interested in applying for either the general manager or Support person , please fill out a Moulin job application form below and send it into the office with a CV if relevant.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Availability for Support person ( 1 or 2 people required)
2022 – March to October
Chef / Cook
As an experienced cook/ chef you will need to manage and look after the Moulin kitchen, enjoy preparing and cooking delicious food, and have a creative flair for presentation. We are looking for someone who as well as having experience cooking for between 20 – 80 people, can work under stress, yet enjoy being in and taking care of the kitchen.
Below is a brief summary of what is involved…
– Cooking for groups between 20 – 80 people a day
– Preparing Lunch, the main meal of the day, salad, main dishes, and dessert,
– Preparing supper a lighter meal, salad, soup, cheese board, sometimes another dish is needed.
– Preparing special diets, for vegans, gluten free, and other allergies.
– Giving attention to presentation of dishes.
– Keeping the kitchen clean and tidy
– Preparing a food order for the coming week
– Having 1 or 2 days off each week depending on the program.
Depending on the size of the retreat group you will be cooking for, you will have between 1- 5 people help prepare vegetables for a small hour in the morning, and a kitchen assistant to help afterwards.
To have had prior experience working and cooking in an established kitchen.
Work with different chefs coming to cook each week. Your role would be to organise the kitchen keeping it clean, tidy and orderly.
Support the chef when they are cooking for group retreats, either helping making desserts, looking after the special diets, or whatever the cooks may need .
Prepare, receive and put away weekly food orders.
Prepare food for the moulin staff when there are no group retreats on, and very occasionally cook for a group retreat, anything up to 50 people.
Feel at ease and happy to work in a kitchen setting, and be okay working under pressure at times.
Please read the description for moulin chef below, to see what is required of them.
Availability for Kitchen Manager
2022 – March to October
You will be looking after the upkeep and organisation of le moulin to ensure a clean safe retreat environment . This job requires someone who has is keen to organise and manage all the different household areas, keen to help keep clean all the different areas, and happy to instruct others in the house hold area. You need to be physically fit, as there is a lot of walking up and down stairs and around the grounds.
Below are some details about what to expect:
Up keep and cleaning of all communal areas including The Dharma hall, Tara hall, bedrooms, dinning room, and all the bathrooms.
Organising and the putting up of moulin tents at the beginning of the season, then packing them down at the end of the season.
Organising and doing the laundry.
Preparing rooms and communal areas during the retreat change over.
Explaining and showing household jobs to retreatants.
If you speak English, it is useful to know some basic french, and visa versa.
Availability for the household manager is March to beginning of November 2022
This season we are looking for work retreatants to help out either as a household assistant or as a kitchen assistant for a period of between 3 – 6 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.
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.
It is important to have had cooking experience beforehand and to enjoy preparing food, cooking and keeping the kitchen clean.
Being able to speak basic french would also be very helpful
This job will include the following
- Assisting the kitchen chef with lunch and dinner preparation
- Breakfast preparation and put out
- Washing up
- Keeping the kitchen clean
- Compiling a shopping list
- Collecting bread from our local boulangerie
- Going shopping
- Cooking for the staff
- You may also be asked to help out in the household area
Availability for Kitchen assistant – Dates for 2021
Option A – 9th August – 9th September – 1 person
Option B – 4th – 31st October – 1 person
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 office for availability.
For this volunteer position, you need to enjoy cleaning and looking after the household. Below are some details about what to expect. If you speak English, it is useful to have some basic french, and visa versa.This job will include the following:
Up keep and cleaning of all communal areas, (Meditation hall, New big hall, bedrooms, dinning room, bathrooms etc).
Explaining job description to retreatants.
Preparing rooms during retreat change over.
Being available to help out in the kitchen and/or garden when necessary.
Assisting the general manager when needed.
Availability for household assistant – Dates for 2021
Option B – TBC
Option C – 9th August – 9th September – 2 people
Option D – 22nd – 31st October – 2 people
If you are interested in the above available positions, please fill out the Work Retreat application form below. For 2 months work retreats, if you would like to do only one month, either the first month or last month of the different options, contact the office for availability.
This job involves helping out wherever is needed when it is needed. This may involve helping out in household area, kitchen area, garden, or maintenance.
Please read the the instructions for the kitchen and household areas above.
Garden may involve weeding, water, or planting. Maintenance may involve helping someone who is doing some painting or carpentry.
Be prepared to help out with a whole range of jobs.
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.