Forest Work Month 2018
Fri 16th November – Sat 8th December
We offer you an invitation to contribute to this year’s Chithurst Buddhist Monastery Forest Work Month. Caring for the monastery's beautiful woodland we can help to create an environment supportive to those wishing to walk in the footsteps of The Buddha, whilst also maintaining and protecting a space that nourishes and brightens the lives of the many living beings that pass through it.
This years forest work aims to include such activities
- Native tree planting and the care of recently planted trees
- Coppicing and stacking wood-fuel for the monastery
- Maintenance of lowland heath, glades & rides
- Repairing steps, handrails etc. to maintain good access
The three-week work period will involve a team of up to eight resident laymen and monastics working five days a week. The daily schedule will be work from 8am until 4pm with 2hrs for lunch.
Participants will live under the Eight Precepts and are welcome to join the monastery's morning and evening meditations. Accommodation will be provided at the main monastery, or in a kuti forest hut.
We will meet on the afternoon of Friday 16th November for an introduction, with the work starting the morning of Saturday the 17th. Please arrive by Friday 16th before the meal at 10.30am.
You will need to bring warm working clothes, sturdy footwear, and waterproofs. Working gloves, and all tools and equipment are provided.
Preference is given to those who can come for one, two or best of all three weeks, but you are also welcome to join the team as a non-resident for any day(s) by prior arrangement.
Vacancy for Long-term Resident Caretaker of Nuns' Cottage
Long-term Lay Resident Caretaker
From time to time, there is space for a lay person who wishes to deepen their understanding and practice of Buddhism by living within our monastic setting and having the opportunity to stay as a long-term resident at Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery.
Long-term residents follow the schedules and daily routine of the monastery. This involves taking part in the life of the community and regular periods of meditation, work, chores, and occasionally having a solitary retreat time. They are expected to have some basic experience of meditation and mindfulness practice.
We are looking for someone with gardening and maintenance skills to take on the role as the caretaker of Rocana (the nuns’ cottage), taking responsibility for the appearance of the Rocana and Aloka garden areas, looking after garden equipment and hand tools, and working with volunteers.
Applicants should be female, due to available accommodation.
The role would include:
- Taking care of the nuns’ cottage, especially during their absence
- Having good household skills and being able to identify maintenance problems
- Working independently and as part of a team of volunteers and monastics with responsibility for grounds and maintenance
- Being able to identify plants and be knowledgeable about plant care
- Digging, planting and weeding flower beds and borders
- Pruning shrubs
- Applying nutrients to plants and watering
- Cleaning and maintaining hand tools and equipment
- Caring for garden utility areas (garden shed etc.)
- Supervising experienced and inexperienced volunteers doing basic gardening tasks
- Implementing safe work procedures
- Assisting with some clerical duties such as record keeping and safety documentation
- Undertaking to offer approx. 30 hours of service per week
- Being physically fit and robust
Applicants will need to demonstrate they have the right to live in the UK through having a current valid passport and, where required, a visa.
We would invite suitable applicants to stay at the monastery for periods of up to a week during the coming months, when space is available. Following a trial period of three months, the successful applicant may be invited to stay for one year initially, but this will be reviewed every three months. This is a volunteer, residential position, available from mid-December 2017 or April 2018.
Please contact us if you think you might have left something at the monastery. It is our policy to keep lost property in store for a maximum of three months, after which we are likely to recycle accumulated items.