Volunteering is an ideal opportunity to enjoy a rewarding break where you can quickly feel part of our thriving community.
The work on offer is varied and provides a perfect opportunity to experience the Buddhist way of life first hand. There are frequently opportunities to work for the centre itself and for the Kadampa Art Studio, Tharpa Publications and Kadampa Internet, all of which are based at Manjushri KMC.
"I had an amazing time during my volunteering visit. Everyone was really down to earth and friendly. I loved the classes on Meditation and Buddhism, and was greatly inspired to see a community that was striving to put the teachings into practice. Plus, the other volunteering visitors were great fun too."
"Thank-you all very much for making me feel so welcome. I have gained so much from my visit and have been truly inspired by the peace and compassion that everyone holds in their hearts and shows in their good deeds."
What to expect
Conishead Priory is a Grade 2* Romantic Gothic House located just south of the English Lake District It is situated in 70 acres of woodland and gardens on the shores of Morecambe Bay. It provides a quiet and reflective environment for a meaningful break.
The work is varied and could include cooking, gardening, household, office work, decorating etc. We also have various building projects on the go at any one time that you could get involved in. We are always interested to hear about any specific skills you may be able to offer. Although the work is not always strenuous you will need to be reasonably fit and active to come on a volunteering visit.
The week is generally Monday to Friday but some Weekends are required. Two days free time so an ideal time to travel into the Lakes; Coniston is only a half hour drive away, or just relax in the friendly atmosphere of the centre.
As a volunteering visitor you are welcome to take part in the spiritual activities at Manjushri Centre. At present we have daily 15 minute meditations as well as evening classes and courses over the weekend.
(This does not include the Spring or Summer Festivals). Please note there are no classes during our term breaks.
We will provide seven days free dormitory accommodation and three vegetarian meals a day in exchange for 30 hours of work (usually spread over five days).
A volunteer visit can be arranged for short term or long term periods but always with a week trial. We reserve the right to ask a volunteer to leave if problems arise. Volunteering visits MUST be booked in advance.
Food & accommodation
All meals are vegetarian and there are Vegan and Wheat Free options.
Due to current restrictions, there are two people per room and there are hygiene and social distancing guidelines. Also you will need a face mask.
We offer comfortable dormitory accommodation - all you need to do is bring a sleeping bag, and if possible, work clothes and boots.
Please note: Since Manjushri Centre is a Buddhist Centre, visitors are asked not to drink alcohol, smoke or eat meat on the premises. We also ask the visitors not to play musical instruments or sound systems on the property.
However due to Covid 19 restrictions, we are currently offering only limited volunteering opportunities.