Holistic Center Cragsmoor, United States

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Help with daily chores at our Buddhist Meditation Retreat =)

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Help a sustainable project
16 travelers confirmed that this host is actively contributing to a more sustainable future for everyone!
High demand host
This host has received 5 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Connect with international travelers
26 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Connect with nature
25 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
Kitchen Hand
Help prepare, finish and serve meals.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Basic Internet Access
Basic speed internet for you to work remotely
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Yoga classes
Take free yoga classes at our place.
Holistic Therapies
You can take part in any of our therapeutic activities for free.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
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Stay at least
4 weeks

The Experience

As a nonprofit retreat center, we rely on volunteer support for all our operations; we would be happy for you to join us. You will find it’s an opportunity both to give back through service, and to deepen your own personal development. Typically, your responsibilities will be in housekeeping, the kitchen or garden/grounds (sometimes all three), although you may also help manage guests or take on special projects. Everyone helps with dishwashing.

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  • Intermediate English
  • Over 18 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers
  • United States Visa

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Hours & Tasks


Holistic Center


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 26 Meeting international travelers
  • 25 Get in touch with nature
  • 14 Meeting locals
  • 14 Practicing English
  • 11 Immersing in the local culture
  • 10 Developing social awareness

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 16 3. Good health and well-being
  • 9 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

United States


If you value peace and want to meet amazing humans from around the world then you are guaranteed to have a fulfilling experience here. If you are someone who is in the midst of prioritizing personal projects while traveling and needing ample time and energy to devote to them, then you may be disappointed. Go in with an open heart, void of expectations and be yourself; you will leave having grown into a more embodied version.

about 1 month ago

Trevania replied

Ty, Thank you for everything you gave us—we are so happy you will be staying in the area and we will (hopefully) have a chance to see you frequently. We hope you will always consider Dharmakaya a home.



My experience at the Center couldn't have been better... The atmosphere of this place is incredible and light. The place is beautiful in every detail, with several magical places to explore, the food is delicious and it is full of incredible people to meet and spend time with during your volunteer time. The work is very satisfying and the entire team is very flexible. Here I was able to experience kindness, affection, goodness and above all love. I loved meeting each and every one of them and I could feel the love hovering over the Center in every aspect. I highly recommend it to you as well!

about 1 month ago

Trevania replied

Yargo, thank you for these kind words; it was our honor and pleasure to have you with us, and we very much hope to have you back with us very soon.



It is difficult to collect in a few lines what the Center has given me. From the morning meditations with the soul of the place, Phurpa, to Danielle's management, tireless work, consideration, support, affection... added to an incredible sense of humor. I have reinforced the conviction that hard work, good values as a guide and care for others must undoubtedly be part of any spiritual path that one wants to undertake. This incredible and magical place generates the perfect atmosphere for good introspection and deep personal development, but you must choose to want to do it...

about 2 months ago

Trevania replied

Oh Cintia, it is you who absolutely embody all the qualities of the perfect volunteer—taking on even the most daunting tasks with good cheer, a sense of humor , and the knowledge that you gain from an experience what you give it. (and you conquered that stove!). It would give us all the greatest pleasure if you would come see us again some time. Meanwhile, wishing you all the best in your endeavors.

United States


From my life experiences, and from my own spiritual exploration, I feel the nature of reality is love. the time I spent at the Center 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 the Center 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. :)

3 months 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


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 the Center team, it was such a pleasure :)

4 months ago

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