joining the team

As the project evolves we are creating opportunities for people to join us as new team members. Right now we are looking specifically for:

  • People to join a team to renovate a couple of buildings (Starting Autumn 2016 for 3 to 6 months)

Below you will find information about specific roles and at the end of the page some more general information about community life and work here.

Skilled Builders and Volunteers

Looking towards to 2016, we’re putting together building teams to get to work on a couple of the more isolated ruins in the valley. This will start with the Cal Pauli project – a beautiful high standing house nestled further into the valley than the community. It will become a retreat space for small groups of people on long-term retreat. It’s in pretty good shape – just needs a new roof, interior floors, and doors and windows fitted. We’re looking at starting the project around October and lasting from 3 to 6 months.

We are looking for skilled builders who can head up small teams of unskilled volunteers. It’s mainly structural woodwork, some simple stone work, interior finishing and quite a bit of pointing! There is some finance available to support skilled builders to offer us their time.

It’s not your average building job though. Getting involved here at Ecodharma, you’d be living in community, taking part in morning meditation, daily check-ins, a silent practice day once a week, optional study evenings. That makes for a richness and depth to things, a great opportunity to learn about practicing in community and contribute to the development of a really fantastic and exciting project with people holding shared values. But its important to consider whether or not this is the kind of environment you want to spend time in.

If you’re curious about getting involved, then do get in touch with us at alex@ecodharma.com
and please feel free to share with others who might be interested.

The values and vision of the community and team you would join:

1. The Dharma: While not everyone living at Ecodharma would necessarily call themselves 'Buddhist', the Dharma (the teachings/principals of Buddhism) underpins our lives, work and relationships here. The ethos of the place and the ethics we share very much depend on it, as does a collective commitment to personal meditation practice/inner-work. We spend one day a week in silence, meditating and practicing together. Those of us in the the core community also commit to spend the month of February on retreat, meditating and almost entirely in silence. Life here offers a brilliant opportunity to combine and integrate transformative work with inner practice, and deepen and develop both. We’re looking for people for whom this is also important.

2. Social and Ecological Justice: Ecodharma as a project has a strong socio-political commitment. We are working to support change and transformation personally and in the world, honouring the inseparability of the two. This manifests in different ways – through lots of the educational work we do, the courses we run, and in many of the ways we organize, work, make decisions and live on the land and in community. We see the garden and food production as an expression of our social and ecological values.

3. Working as a collective and living in community: As a group of people who work together on a common project and live as an intentional community, some of the commitments we share are:

  • Holding a bottom line of 32 hours work per week, which commonly looks like 4 days of 8 hours (although the structuring of this can vary with the seasons, especially for the gardener).
  • Spending one day a week (currently Monday) practicing meditation and in silence together.

The Team.

At the moment there are 8 of us living here full time: Guhyapati, Andrew, Carol, Lou, Alex, Martin, Gerard and Maialen. We have recently been joined by Lindsay and Rupert. Subhachitta is currently exploring the idea of joining the community. We are aiming, at this stage, for a functioning team of 10 people. On average there are about 15 people in the community, this includes the project team/community, plus long-term volunteers and guests.