Friends, if you are interested in learning about volunteering with the Dhammadharini Sangha and letting us know the skills you would like to offer, please fill out this Google Form. Anumodana!     Some of of our everyday volunteer opportunities are here:  Volunteer Opportunities

For Day Visitors at Winter Retreat

posted Dec 28, 2019, 6:01 AM by Ayya Sobhana   [ updated Dec 28, 2019, 6:55 AM ]

Participate in our 12 week retreat, January 5 - March 31, 2020

 Service Opportunities for Day Visitors at Dhammadharini Monastery In Penngrove:

  • Weekly grocery shopping

  • Offer a meal, whether prepared at home or in the monastery kitchen. Each day when food is offered can be a day of seclusion for the resident kitchen manager.

  • On-call to help where needed with errands and transportation [because things happen]. We hope for a roster of several friends

  • Help with mindful cleaning from 12 noon - 1:30 daily

At Aranya Bodhi Hermitage on the Sonoma Coast:

  • Cutting firewood and delivering to kutis — PRE-retreat (before Jan 12]

  • Bring weekly grocery from a shopping list provided. Sign up for one time, once a month or more often.  Financial reimbursement for groceries is offered by our support foundation and donors.

  • Taking propane tanks to town for refill — every 2 weeks.

  • Taking trash to the waste facility — every 2 weeks.

  • Bringing pre-cooked meals for around six people to be frozen and used later.

  • Being On-call to help where needed with errands and transportation or heavy lifting tasks like a downed tree [because things happen]. We hope for a roster of several friends.

Financial reimbursement for groceries and ongoing expenses is offered by donors through our support foundation.  They appreciate your hands-on help to deliver the vital requisites.

Are You Handy?

posted Mar 23, 2018, 3:33 PM by Ayya Sobhana   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 9:47 AM ]

There are a few projects at the Dhammadharini Monastery and at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage suitable for a moderate or high skilled carpenters.  Contact Dhammadharini you can offer an afternoon, a day, or a weekend for outside work.  If you would like to organize a service day with your friends or group, we can put it on our calendar.  There is useful work to do at all levels of strength and skill.  Some good weekend days for project work are March 31, April 7, April 21. The work could include

  • Picking up supplies from local shops
  • Installing floating laminate floors
  • drywall spackling and finishing
  • installing curtain rods and sewing curtains
  • Installing laminate finish on a staircase (the most skilled job on our list)

Spring Cleanup at Dhammadharini Monastery

posted Mar 23, 2018, 2:42 PM by Ayya Sobhana   [ updated Mar 23, 2018, 3:35 PM ]

The volunteers and one paid helper have made tremendous progress clearing, trimming, pruning, and hauling debris from Dhammadharini's 1 1/3 acre yard.  There is a need for ongoing maintenance and gradual improvements to keep this space lovely for outdoor meditation.  Contact Dhammadharini you can offer an afternoon, a day, or a weekend for outside work.  If you would like to organize a service day with your friends or group, we can put it on our calendar.  There is useful work to do at all levels of strength and skill.  Some good weekend days for yard-work (weather permitting) are March 31, April 7, April 21 & April 28.  We would like to be spruced up for our Vesak Celebration on March 29!

  • Mowing and weed-whacking
  • Pruning bushes and limbing trees
  • Loading debris in our truck and hauling to the dump
  • Digging out stumps
  •  Minor repairs

Focus on the Seven Factors of Awakening

posted Dec 23, 2017, 4:14 PM by Ayya Sobhana   [ updated Dec 24, 2017, 4:58 PM ]

Six week Whole Community Retreat at the Dhammadharini Monastery

January 15th until February 26th 2018.

During this time our residents will be cutting out our usual outside activities and internal projects and be focusing on meditation and Dhamma teachings at the Monastery in Penngrove. We will have no alms rounds during this time. We will all be maintaining silence as much as possible.

Ways to participate:

Day visitors welcome to come for meditation and/or to offer a meal. Come for all or part of a day. 

You may arrange to offer prepared fresh meal in person by contacting the monastery. Groceries or frozen dishes to be offered later are also extremely helpful. From 12-1, daily you may pick a chore and help with cleaning the monastery. Your support makes the work light and gladdens the whole community.  

Public Dhamma talks every Tuesday evening and Sunday afternoon with lead teacher Ayya Sobhana

Saturday Daylong Meditations  with teaching 

  • January 13th: Nourishing the Enlightenment Factors.
  • February 10th: Nourishing the Enlightenment Factors, Part II

Winter Yard Work at Dhammadharini Monastery

posted Nov 17, 2017, 7:38 PM by Ayya Sobhana   [ updated Dec 23, 2017, 4:21 PM ]

January is the right time for pruning dormant trees and shrubs.  Friends Erika Teach and Annaneia Poder will be organizing an weekend event to spruce up the Monastery property, with a special focus on removing things that need to be removed.  If landscaping is your thing and you would like to help organize this event, please write dhammadharini.monastery@gmail.com

Spring Yard Cleanup at Dhammadharini Monastery

posted Mar 23, 2017, 7:30 AM by Ayya Sobhana   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 8:51 AM ]

Weather permitting, volunteers are welcome to help cut the grass and tidy up outside areas at Dhammadharini Monastery.  Come when you can between 9 am and 5 pm on Saturday April 1.  If you can bring your own string trimmer (weed wacker) or mower, the work will go much more quickly.  

This weekend is a good opportunity to meet and speak with Dhammadharini's visiting bhikkhuni, Ayya Dhira who will be departing at the end of the Spring Retreat, and to meet our newest resident, Nekkhamma Siaw.  These two will be leading the day, while the other Dhammadharini residents are engaged with meetings and teachings in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Los Angeles and Sri Lanka.

Volunteer Opportunities for 2017 Six-Week Retreat

posted Mar 14, 2017, 2:46 PM by Kaccayana Bhikkhuni   [ updated Dec 23, 2017, 11:01 AM by Ayya Sobhana ]

From April 10 to May 19, our monastic community will be on retreat, with some retreatants at Aranya Bodhi hermitage, and some at the Dhammadharini Monastery in Penngrove. Both locations will depend on the support of volunteers to help provide a secluded time of practice for the Sangha. See the document below for current volunteer openings, and email us at dhammadharini.monastery@gmail.com if you would be able to fill any of the listed positions. We hope that some volunteers will also be able to join us for practice when they come -- either to the monastery, which will be open to the public for silent meditation throughout the retreat; or to the hermitage, which will be otherwise closed to the public, but will be open to volunteers on the day of their scheduled tasks. In this way, we hope that the retreat can be of benefit to the wider community.

Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - Soon and Later

posted Jan 26, 2017, 9:08 PM by Niyyanika Samaneri   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 9:01 AM by Ayya Sobhana ]

Work weekend at the hermitage

building a shed.jpg From March 25-29 residents will be at Aranya Bodhi hermitage making final preparations for the upcoming Spring Retreat.  An important project is clearing fallen trees to make our kutis accessible, as well as final cleaning of all the spaces. There will be minor construction jobs, wood cutting, and other needed tasks. Welcome to bring a meal. Please consider an enjoyable volunteer day or two in the forest, that includes digging and Dhamma.

10 day volunteer work period coming this Summer

John R, a qualified contractor, will lead a 10 day work period at the monastery and Aranya Bodhi in late July, early August. If there’s a good group of helpers, we will . Please consider joining for all or part of this community effort in Dhamma and drywall.

Special Clay Painting Reunion Day!

posted Dec 25, 2016, 5:34 PM by Niyyanika Samaneri

Saturday-Sunday, Jan 21-22

Janine Björnson of Clay Bones & Stones has kindly offered the supplies and scaffolding to correct the uneven color in Dhammadharini’s meditation hall. And with the scaffolding, we can also paint the high trims in one bedroom, from black to white. So we are declaring a special work weekend for painting. Welcome to come and swing a brush for a day or half-day. Wear your painting clothes. We will have all needed supplies. 

Saturday, January 21, 9:00 to 12:30pm Painting (& lunch—please bring a dish to share). 12:30 to 4pm Painting. 4pm Dhamma reflection. 

Sunday, January 22, 9:30 to 12:30pm Dhamma program (with lunch—please bring a dish to share). 12:30 to 4pm Painting. 4pm Dhamma reflection.

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