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Host ID: 40284
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: July 13, 2015

We are a beautiful Buddhist temple and meditation retreat centre in the stunning Dandenong Ranges - one hour from the centre of Melbourne city. We have a community of 8-10 people who live onsite, including modern Buddhist monks and nuns.

We offer working visits at our temple - workers do 28 hours per week in exchange for free food and accommodation, and meditation classes and courses. The work ranges from gardening and cooking, to cleaning and office work - we are often preparing the centre for a retreat. Weekends are free to enjoy the natural surrounds, or to attend our meditation courses when they are scheduled.

Doing a working visit at our temple is an opportunity to deepen your experience of meditation and Buddhism in daily life. Volunteers generally come for a week, however longer stays can sometimes be arranged. The work, although not necessarily strenuous, is of a physical nature, so applicants need to be fit and well.

If you do not have a car we can arrange to pick up working visitors from Belgrave Station (10 minutes away). There is free wifi available onsite for workers. (Note - we are not able to help with visa requirements).

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