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.
You are requested to arrive between 4-6pm on Sunday, and supper is served at 6.30pm. 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.
Visits available and weekend event:
Sunday 13th May – Sunday 20th May
Sunday 3rd June – Sunday 10th June
Sunday 1st July – Sunday 8th July
Sunday 19th August – Sunday 26th August
Sunday 16th September – Sunday 23rd September
Sunday 14th October – Sunday 21st October
Sunday 28th October – Sunday 4th November
Sunday 11th November – Sunday 18th November
Sunday 9th December – Sunday 16th December
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.