Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing

Perched atop a hill amid 90 acres of woods—a deeply spiritual setting—the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing is a sacred space in a busy world, a place of solitude and regeneration. Our mission is to provide a wide range of practices drawn from ancient wisdom, for all levels of interest, in order to cultivate physical and emotional wellbeing in the greatest number of people.

Our programs range from traditional teachings by very high Buddhist lamas to yoga and qi gong to more secular mindfulness-based programs. People also join us on personal retreat. With room for about 30 guests, the experience is always quite intimate, and guests, volunteers and staff mix freely.

Nearby hiking trails provide opportunities for downtime exploration.

With only five in full-time staff, the Dharmakaya Center is largely run by volunteers (me, for instance). Volunteers work as a team, and are treated as family. Benefits include: * Your own private room with shared bath • Breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by our chef (the same amazing vegetarian/vegan food our retreatants eat) • Daily morning group meditation • Opportunity to work directly with a Senior Teacher; weekly dharma talks for the volunteers • Opportunity to participate in parts of our weekend programs (weekends are our busy times, so you will probably be working then, too) The number of longstanding and repeat volunteers we receive speaks to the power of their experience with us.

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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Hostel

4.5

Learning & Fun

5.0

United States

5

from my life experiences, and from my own spiritual exploration, I feel the nature of reality is love. the time I spent at Dharmakaya allowed me to experience that reality directly and to learn what it is like to live in a close community of like-minded, warm-hearted beings, in a loving, constructive atmosphere. the moments spent at Dharmakaya also gave me an intimate glimpse into what it feels like to travel this spiritual path together with a family, growing and learning and laughing and washing dishes together. :)

6 days ago


Trevania replied

Andrew, what a beautiful testament. Thank you for being such a big part of creating that loving constructive atmosphere. We hope to see you again, and wish you all good things on your path.

United States

5

This community is simply wonderful. The place is magic. It’s extremely difficult to summarize the profound impact this place had on me, so I’ll simply say you must come visit here for yourself . The volunteers were wonderful, the full time staff treat with you nothing but love and kindness and you’re in a beautiful little hideout in a gem of place. It’s a great way to learn more about Buddhism and be in a peaceful, quiet, safe space. Thank you again Dharmakaya team, it was such a pleasure :)

28 days ago

United States

5

My time at Dharmakaya was fulfilling in the way that I developed more skills and deepened bonds with international volunteers. The living arrangements were comfortable, clean and private. The schedule is consistent with the ability to eat healthy. I hope to go back in the near future to continue building these same things.

about 1 month ago


Trevania replied

Thank you for everything you gave us—including the wonderful yoga classes for the volunteers!

Indonesia

5

I'm forever grateful that Trevania gave me the opportunity to spend 2.5 months at Dharmakaya. The center gave me so many wonderful memories and leaving this place was one of the hardest things I'd ever had to do.

Most of the people I met here felt like the family that I'd never had. They gave me so much love and appreciation, things I never really felt in my own "home". Being around people who speaks my language (read: spirituality) was so much fun and enlightening.

I'm back in Jakarta now but a part of me is still there.

2 months ago


Trevania replied

Astri, we were so lucky to get to keep you as long as we did. Thank you for everything you did for us—not just the work, but being such a tremendous part of our community. Wishing you all good things.

United States

5

It was a pleasure to be a part of the Dharmakaya team. The tasks were fair, with the intent of the best stay possible for both the guests and volunteers here. With it being around Christmas, they made sure we had everything needed (along with a gingerbread house to decorate!) I highly recommend this place if you are looking to expand your spiritual and physical self, along with having a home away from home. From the nourishing meals to the scenic trails nearby... thank you to everyone here.

3 months ago


Trevania replied

Hannah, thank you for your kind words; we are so glad you were able to join us and that you had such a good experience. We hope to see you again!


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