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:

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.

Ulex Project Coordinator

Last year the Ecodharma Centre launched a new initiative – the Ulex Project. The Ulex Project is about using activist education to build capacity, impact and resilience in progressive social movements across Europe. It takes an approach that recognises the inseparability of transforming the self and transforming the world. Although the trainings are framed in a secular way, the project is underpinned by principles of Dharma.

To meet the enthusiastic response to our work at our residential training centre in Catalunya and our pan-European projects, that we need to grow our team. We’re living at a historical point of disruption, in the twilight of neoliberalism. It is a crucial time to contest our future. We’re looking for someone with the skills and commitment to help us do just that.

We’re looking for someone to join us as a Joint Project Coordinator. They will help us to develop our relationships with the partner organisations we support with training; strengthen our trainers network, to increase the provision of high quality activist education; be involved in shaping our strategic response to socio-political developments across Europe; and support talented and committed activists make a difference.

This new team member will join an eight-person team already engaged in Ulex work. The existing team is mostly based at the Ecodharma Centre in Catalunya, while a couple of the team are based in other parts of Europe. The role we currently want to recruit involves being based with the core team – both living and working at our project base in the Catalan mountains.

Both the project and the community are grounded in dharma practice and what we’re calling an ‘integral activist’ ethos – which we apply at the personal, interpersonal and political levels. We take our personal development as seriously as our social engagement – considering the transformation of self and the transformation of the world to be inseparable. As an organisation we practice ‘prefigurative politics’, meaning we embody the values we want to promote and struggle for. We live and work by the principles ‘transformative collaboration’ and ‘regenerative activism’ as promoted through the trainings we run. Aspects of community life are contemplative, with many community members inspired and motivated by aspects of the Buddhist tradition and nature-based/ecological practice.

Each year we spend a month on silent meditation retreat as a team. One day a week is a silent practice day. The community places the spirit of sangha and spiritual friendship at its heart.

We operate a ‘solidarity economy’. In this role all costs of food and lodging will be covered (equivalent to around €9000+ pa) and additional financial support will be negotiated between 5K and 10K pa, depending on needs.

It’s a ‘full time’ role, which means 4 days/32 hours a week. Core team take part in a month-long mediation retreat together each year (usually around March) and can take an additional 6 weeks down time.

The international scope of the work means that main working language is English. So, competence in both spoken and written English is necessary. Spanish and/or Catalan are also an advantage. The remote location means that an ability to drive would be useful.

Ideally, we’re looking for someone with good collaborative working skills, a passion for education that empowers socio-political action, basic digital competences, who is interested in taking on this kind of role for at least a couple of years and committed to Going for Refuge. Ideally, they would start this autumn or early winter. We’re looking for applications before 20th September.

For more info contact guhyapati@ecodharma.com

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, Drew, Carol, Alex, Martin, Saraha and Rupert, along with Ella who is full-time though lives in a nearby village. There are also some people who work remotely for the project. In addition to this we have a number year-long volunteers with us as part of the EPoC volunteer program that we run. On average there are about 15 people in the community at any one time, this includes the project team/core community, plus long-term volunteers and guests.

We are looking forwards to hearing from you!