We currently have the following vacancies:

  • A Spiritual Program Co-ordinator (SPC)

  • A cook from beginning of October to end of November

  • General Short-Term Volunteers

Please read on for information about each position and what it means to volunteer at Land of Joy.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Land of Joy is an FPMT retreat centre in the beautiful Northumberland National Park surrounded by stunning landscapes and a national dark skies area. We are in a semi-rural and peaceful location, four miles from Bellingham and 20 miles from Hexham. As well as running a busy retreat programme throughout the year we grow our own fresh produce and are working to maintain & restore our 40 acres of woodland and outhouses within the estate.

The centre is run by close knit team of volunteers within a friendly and collaborative environment. If you don’t live locally you will live with the rest of the team in the main house at Land of Joy. Your role will involve working primarily in one area but a willingness to help other departments when needed is necessary, so an open, friendly and patient attitude is essential. Volunteering with us is a wonderful opportunity to offer service in a peaceful and beautiful setting. Land of Joy seeks committed volunteers to form a dedicated team who will embrace the challenges that working in a residential retreat centre brings.

Volunteers are given a single room, three vegetarian meals a day and two days off a week as thanks for volunteering 6-8 hours a day, five days a week. They should be willing to live according to the Buddhist Five Precepts, and have a respect for our spiritual environment.

Current Vacancies

Spiritual Programme Co-ordinator (SPC) from Mid September on

We are looking to recruit a committed, organised and compassionate person as a Spiritual Program Co-ordinator (SPC) to start as soon as possible.

Role

The SPC’s main responsibility is the co-ordination and management of the retreat programme along with supporting all spiritual activities at the centre. Other major responsibilities currently include responsibility for marketing, website and general communications. 

However, Land of Joy takes a flexible approach to team working, and the specifics of the role will be developed with the right candidate.

Experience (desirable)

  • Good knowledge of the FPMT tradition of study, practice, service and ethical conduct

  • Good management and interpersonal skills

  • A positive communicator, working harmoniously with others

  • Understanding of the general requirements of solitary and group retreat, reasonable knowledge of Lam Rim and Vajrayana and other practices such as mindfulness, chi gong etc

  • Experience of facilitating retreats and /or meditation sessions

Qualities

  • Respect for Lama Zopa Rinpoche and familiarity with and respect for the FPMT organisation

  • Enthusiasm for Dharma and service to others

  • A good heart – patience, compassion, good listening skills and a sense of humour

  • Able to work effectively in a small team

  • Comfortable living in a communal setting in a rural location

Practical Information

  • All members of the Land of Joy team are volunteers. Board and lodgings (single room) and basic necessities are provided in line with the Land of Joy volunteer agreements

  • All applicants must have a legal right to work in the UK

How to apply

Please send the following to the Land of Joy director, Jenny MacQueen – director@landofjoy.co.uk

  • The role is co-appointed by Land of Joy and FPMT International OfficeA one-page letter explaining why you are right for this role and the role is right for you

  • A detailed resume, both Dharma and professional

  • The names of two referees (with email address, phone number), preferably one spiritual and one professional

Thank you for your interest in this role!

Current Vacancies

Cook – Beginning of October to end of November

We are looking to recruit a committed, organised and compassionate person as a housekeeper to start as soon as possible.

The person in this role will be responsible for:

  • Cooking for groups of approximately 30 people

  • Adapting to people’s dietary requirements (eg. vegan, gluten free)

  • Organising waste collections / recycling

  • Delegating tasks to kitchen team when needed

Qualities/skills required:

  • Able to work effectively in a small team

  • As we only provide vegetarian meals therefore our cook should be very familiar with cooking this cuisine.

  • Comfortable living in a communal setting in a rural location

  • Good hospitality skills

  • Able to manage this kind of physical work

  • A sense of humour

  • Able to legally work in the UK

  • Respect for the FPMT organisation and willingness to live by the five precepts whilst at Land of Joy

Benefits:

  • Two days off per week for volunteering 6-8 hours per days for five days a week

  • Food and single room accommodation

  • A chance to attend sessions during retreats and courses if time allows

To apply:

Please familiarise yourself with our volunteer application process then complete our application form including providing two referees for us to contact on your behalf

General Volunteer: 2 – 3 months

We are looking to recruit committed, enthusiastic and compassionate people as general volunteers to assist our longer term on-site volunteers.

People in this role will work closely with the Housekeeper, Cook, Woodland & Wildlife Manager and Grounds/Maintainence Manger to ensure the smooth running of the centre.

They will help with the following depending on what’s happening at the centre:

  • Cleaning retreat accommodation and communal areas

  •  Food preparation

  • Some gardening and helping in the woodland when time allows

Qualities/skills required:

  • Able to work effectively in a small team and follow instructions

  • Flexible and adaptable to what the centre needs

  • Comfortable living in a communal setting in a semi rural location

  • Good spoken and written English

  • Able to legally work in the UK

  • Respect for the FPMT organisation and willingness to live by the five precepts whilst at Land of Joy

  • A sense of humour

Benefits:

  • Two days off per week for volunteering 6-8 hours per days for five days a week

  • Food and single room accommodation

  • A chance to attend sessions during retreats and courses if time allows

To apply:

Please familiarise yourself with our volunteer application process then complete our application form including providing two referees for us to contact on your behalf