Retreat Manager

POSITION AVAILABLE: Retreat Manager and Administrative Assistant

Dhamma Dena is a Vipassana Buddhist Center situated in the Mojave Desert of California, near Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park.

We are dedicated to supporting and awakening our capacity to love unconditionally and wisely. Through silent retreats, work retreats, self-retreats or as staff we orient towards building the strength to live our lives free of the clouds of anxiety, fear, obsessions, depression and confusion

Dhamma Dena is committed to building accessibility by supporting all those who want to come to the center, those who are people of color, transgender, gay, lesbian, queer, gender non-conforming, those who have immigrated, those who live with physical disability, those with chemical sensitivity, and those without financial resources. We are dedicated to building a beloved community where all parts of ourselves feel welcome and honored.

The organization is in a multi-year transition towards and commitment to a BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color) leadership team. We are looking for a candidate who is excited to work towards this vision.

The Retreat Manager oversees the administrative operations of Dhamma Dena, which includes working closely with the Executive Director, the Guiding Teacher, and paid and volunteer staff, coordinating BIPOC, Queer and other retreats with visiting teachers, and supporting year-round programmed residential retreats, work retreats and self retreats.


We are seeking a candidate who is able to commit to at least a year and would live at Dhamma Dena full-time.

The ideal candidate is someone who has excellent communication skills and has the experience to work collaboratively with teams and in multicultural groups (residential community, Board of Directors, volunteers, etc.), and has excellent organizational and computer skills. Someone who enjoys interacting with retreatants and the sangha. For the right person this will be an absolutely outstanding and deeply satisfying position.



  • Answer phones and respond to organizational emails

  • Communications through newsletter, website, social media platforms, etc.

  • Maintain organizational email list

  • Arrange and sets up meeting schedules with teachers, retreat volunteers and work retreatants

  • Administrative support to the Executive Director and Board of Directors

  • Coordinates requests for self and work retreats and interviews self and work retreatants

Retreat Management

  • In charge of all aspects of online and residential, self and work retreats (including registration, promotion, preparation of living spaces, clean up, etc.)

  • Meet daily with teachers to coordinate retreat activities

  • Coordinate with cooks and other retreat staff on kitchen operations

  • Manage volunteers who are supporting “behind the scenes” of residential and online retreats

  • Create work meditation job descriptions and train retreatants in their jobs

  • Serve as a 24-hour emergency contact during retreat

  • Provide timely announcements to retreatants and support retreatant needs

  • Order office and retreat supplies

  • Set up and run tech for online retreats

Coordinate with others to:

  • Pick up mail at post office at least once a week

  • Pick up food at least once a week for people on retreat

  • Pick up and drop off retreatants who land at the Palm Spring Airport.

  • Lead tours of Dhamma Dena for all new residents, retreaters, and visitors.

  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Experience in service and community living

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Familiarity with nonviolent communication is a plus

  • Attention to detail while holding the big picture

  • Ability to problem solve

  • Excellent computer skills (gmail, Zoom, Google docs, etc.)

  • High degree of competence with Apple IOS.

  • Ability to find answers and solutions using online research

  • Takes initiative to do what needs to be done before being asked to do it

  • Experience in working well with and within multicultural groups


  • Able and interested to live at Dhamma Dena for the duration of this position

  • Interested in being part of a lively residential community at Dhamma Dena

  • Valid driver’s license and working vehicle.

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice

  • Willingness to abide by The Five Precepts or similar ethical framework

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


This is a 25 hour a week position that requires a flexible schedule including some nights, holidays, and weekends. The pay is $18 per hour. Board (basic groceries) and lodging provided.


Please submit a cover letter and resume to The last day to submit an application for consideration is October 31, 2022 and the start date is early December 2022.