Connect with your spiritual path and heart-aligned service. Learn and experience Sacred Hospitality, Sufi teachings, mindfulness, meditation, living in community, and connection with nature.
Join the Abode Volunteer Experience working in heart-aligned service at the Abode Retreat Center where you will learn new skills, develop a fluency in Sacred Hospitality, live in community, and have time and support to explore the spiritual dimensions of life. Sacred Hospitality is a core practice at the Abode, stemming from the idea that in serving others from the heart, we serve and develop the sacred in them and in ourselves. It is a practice rooted in the concept of Karma Yoga.
The Abode is a retreat and spiritual center with an interfaith spiritual focus grounded in the universal Sufi message of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Sufism is an ancient mystical tradition rooted in the belief that through prayer and practice, one can connect directly with the divine. We are situated on lands sacred to the Native Mohicans, the Shakers, and the Inayati Sufis. Today our campus holds a working organic horse-powered farm and C.S.A, 350 acres of mountain, field, forest, pond, streams, springs and wetlands to explore. The Abode is crossroads for spiritual traditions, Inayati Sufism, communal life, the arts, food sovereignty, nature connection and Regenerative Design.
Abode Volunteers spend 25 hours per week volunteering for the retreat center, which can include work in the kitchen, guest services, farm, herb gardening, and grounds and maintenance. Applicants may list prior experience and preferences for work concentrations on the volunteer application and we will take this into account in service placements. While living in the community you will have a chance to benefit from a variety of community resources while learning practical, vocational skills.
As a component of the program, Volunteers will also take part in 5 hours a week of spiritual and nature study. Weekly spiritual studies that focus on Sufi and other interfaith spiritual practices, sacred hospitality, and connection to the natural world will be a central part of your volunteer experience. In 2021, much of this study will be self-directed, with opportunities to explore the Abode’s library, classes, and nature.
Volunteers will receive free room and board during their stay. Depending on availability, housing will either be in shared dormitory-style rooms, or single rooms (where possible on a first-come first-served basis). A vehicle is available for volunteers to use to get to doctor appointments, store runs, and fun field trips. You will also have access to the Meditation Hall. Opportunities for paid work may be available if volunteer hours are met.
If you have any questions, please send an email to Khaldun at [email protected]