working visits at the dandenong ranges temple
KMC  Australia · Monbulk  · Melbourne


Working visits are a wonderful opportunity to spend time in our modern Buddhist community, and to deepen your experience of meditation and Buddhism in daily life.

Working visitors stay at our Buddhist temple – and in exchange for a week’s work, they receive meals, teachings, courses and accommodation for free. The work is varied, and can include anything from gardening, painting, and cleaning – to ironing and office work.

“I had a wonderful time during my volunteering visit. Everyone was really down to earth and friendly. I loved the classes on Buddhism and meditation, and I was greatly inspired to see a community of people striving to put Buddhist teachings into practice. And, the other working visitors were great fun too.”

What to expect…

Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia is located an hour from the centre of Melbourne city, in the lush forest of the Dandenong Ranges. With its breath-taking views and natural wildlife, it is the perfect place to relax and unwind, and take a break from your usual activities.

During a working visit, the work is varied and could include cooking, gardening, officework, decorating etc. We also have various building projects on the go at any one time that you could get involved in. We are always interested to hear about any specific skills you may be able to offer. The work, although not necessarily strenuous, tends to be mostly of a physical nature, so you will need to be reasonably fit and active to come on a working visit.

Working visits normally run from Sunday to Sunday for one week. Working visitors arrive for dinner on Sunday evening, and the working week starts at 9am (Monday). In a normal visit you will be required to work from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, with breaks for lunch and morning tea – about 28 hours in total. In the evenings you are welcome to attend any of the classes and meditations held at the centre.

On your days off (Saturday and Sunday) you will have the chance to explore the beautiful countryside and surrounding area or just relax in the friendly atmosphere of the centre. Any courses on the weekend of your visit you are welcome to attend, free of charge.

If you do not have your own car, public transport is available by train to Belgrave station, and then we will organise to pick you up from there.

Food and accommodation

All meals are vegetarian including eggs and dairy products.

We offer comfortable dormitory accommodation in an 8-person dormitory – all you need to do is bring a sleeping bag and towel, and if possible, work clothes and boots.

Please note: Since Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia is a Buddhist Centre, visitors are asked to abide by the Centre Rules, which are: no killing any living being (including insects); no stealing; no lying; no sexual misconduct; no taking drugs, alcohol or cigarettes; no playing of musical instruments, no listening to radios or watching television.

Working visits in 2019:

Sun 13th Jan – 20th Jan
Sun 10th Feb – Sun 17th Feb
Sun 10th Mar – Sun 17th Mar
Sun 12th May – Sun 19th May
Sun 2nd June – Sun 9th June
Sun 16th June – Sun 23rd June
Sun 30th June – Sun 7th July
Sun 25th Aug – Sun 1st Sept
Sun 13th Oct – Sun 20th Oct
Sun 27th Oct – Sun 3rd Nov
Sun 10th Nov – Sun 17th Nov
Sun 24th Nov – Sun 1st Dec
Sun 8th Dec – Sun 15th Dec


Working visits must be booked in advance – please complete the online application form. Working visits are usually offered for one week (note that we cannot assist with visas). If you have any questions please email our working visits coordinator.