Kadampa Meditation Center New York

Volunteering at Kadampa Meditation Center New York (KMC NY) in Glen Spey offers an opportunity to experience first-hand the Buddhist way of life within a small but mighty community. There are many ways in which you can help, such as serving in the cafe, helping to prepare guest rooms, cooking, gardening or joining a maintenance project. One of six of its kind in the world, the World Peace Temple at KMC NY is a unique, unsurpassed experience not to be missed.

We are located in Glen Spey, New York, just 2 hours outside of New York City, situated on 100+ acres of woodland. Take this opportunity to be part of a small community of Buddhist practitioners and volunteers, make lasting connections, and enjoy a meaningful break. Typically, you will volunteer Monday to Friday, but depending on the activity, it may also include weekends. While most of the activities are not strenuous, you will need to be reasonably fit and active to come on a volunteering visit. You will have two days free each week when you can explore upstate New York, or just relax in the friendly atmosphere of the center by walking on our trails, having a latte in our World Peace Cafe, or attending one of the events in our World Peace Temple. As a volunteering visitor you are welcome to take part in many of the spiritual activities at Kadampa Meditation Center New York, such as evening classes and weekend courses.

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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

5.0

Greece

5

My stay at the Kadampa Meditation Center was lovely! It's a perfect place to retreat from the busyness and noise of everyday life, get in touch with nature, and practice mindfulness. The environment is encouraging you towards introspection, releasing emotions, clearing your mind, and detaching. The people are polite and kind, fostering a strong sense of community. In addition to the teachings at the temple, I learned a lot about daily tasks, as Delfina was brilliant at explaining even the smallest details. I highly recommend it!

20 days ago


Leslie replied

Thank you so much for your visit Soultana! Your hard work and flexibility to work in a team setting was so much appreciated by all! It was also wonderful to have you as part of the larger community, attending classes and sharing in the daily tasks. We wish you the best and hope to see you again.

Mexico

5

It was a great experience, since the day we arrived they received us really kind, we loved the place and the nature here, everything it’s really beautiful and the community very strong, I highly recommend this place and it’s an experience that I would like to repeat again some day in the future

about 1 month ago


Leslie replied

We loved having Edith as a volunteer in our center. She has done a wonderful job cleaning, folding linen, and gardening, among other tasks. She’s very detail-oriented and works in a very gentle way, taking care of bedding, furniture, walls and floor. It’s such a pleasure to work with her since she listens to instructions carefully and follows them thoroughly. Apart from being very proactive, she’s very kind and respectful. She has been very friendly with other working visitors, residents and guests of our center, contributing to the harmonious environment in our community, which we deeply appreciate. We would LOVE to have her back and we couldn't recommend her more for other volunteering opportunities.

Ecuador

5

My experience at Kadampa Meditation Center was excellent. I am very grateful to the entire community for the welcome. The meditation classes are excellent, the atmosphere is very pleasant, I felt like family and I learned a lot. I highly recommend them. Thank you to all the residents for so much.

3 months ago


Leslie replied

Carolina was the perfect working visitor and member of the family at the Center. Her open, curious spirit brought much fun to the tasks to be done and to the conversation. We are very much looking forward to a return visit from Carolina here or in our other Centers throughout the world!

Turkey

5

Kadampa has become my home, my shelter. From my first talk with Leslie to my last day, I felt welcomed and I know I will always be welcomed there and it will always be my home. The connections I had there with other working visitors, volunteers and residents is beyond words, so many teachings and lessons. I am overwhelmed with the love and I kindness I received. And Delfina, Charlie, Suma and my lovely little family in the barn, you all are so pure with a heart of gold, thank you for everything once again. You will have a place forever in my heart. Until next time 🫶🏻

3 months ago

Colombia

5

It was the most amazing place I ever meet. Peaceful and happy. Thank you for everything. I will be back very soon💛

4 months ago


Leslie replied

Nathalia,
We would love to have you back for a visit! We so appreciate all of the joy and enthusiasm you share in all that you do!


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Contact with nature

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Yoga / Meditation