Dechen Chöling is the European land centre of the Shambhala lineage, situated in the midst of beautiful soft green hills and magnificent old trees in the region of Limousin, France. People from any spiritual or religious background come from all over the world to discover the richness of their own potential through practicing meditation and other contemplative disciplines. We offer a wide variety of programmes and retreats contributing to create a culture of basic goodness within the society. We’re welcoming hundreds of participants each year, beginners or experienced practitioners.
The heart of Dechen Chöling is a community of practioners. Working in Dechen Chöling goes together with daily practice and community life on land.
The working day is varied and depends on your role and department. Staff have the opportunity for at least two hours of personal practice per day, regular teachings by local and visiting teachers, community celebrations, study classes and, in the summer, the Dechen Chöling tradition of swimming in the near-by River Vienne. The day starts at 8.30 am with morning meditation, followed by the “daily gathering” at 9.30 am, where work and other issues are discussed, before starting work at 10 am.
- All staff participate on a rota to do household jobs.
- Practice times are in the morning before the daily gathering and in the evening from 6.00 to 6.45 pm
- There are two days off per week and staff receive 5 weeks holiday per year.
- All staff have a meditation instructor and the opportunity for regular interviews and teachings
- All staff go through a probationary period for the first month to see if they and Dechen Chöling are happy with the arrangement before making a longer term commitment.
We are currently recruiting for the following staff positions:
Full time position available now
Requires 2-3 year commitment
This position offers a wide range of responsibilities and tasks. It requires a deep understanding of the Shambhala vision and mission and a commitment to our path. Having attended Sacred World Assembly is a prerequisite.
- Strong organisational and communication skills
- Interest in hospitality and hosting others
- Ability to stay focused and flexible in a demanding environment
- Computer literacy
- French and English spoken
- Holding the process of yearly programme planning and programme development
- Overview and managing the programme budget (including teacher honorarium and travel and shopping for programme needs)
- Organizing appropriate staff for programmes
- Overseeing the programme assistants
- Preparing for the teacher arrivals, overviewing of set up and take down of programmes
- Liaising with the programmes while they are taking place
- Leading operational meetings and liaising with the following departments: Facilities, Practice & Education, Finance, Front Desk, Household, Kitchen, Rusung, Audio/Visual and Boutique
- Ongoing communication with Shambhala International and Shambhala Europe
- Working with the Marketing Department on vision and potential markets for programmes
- Acquisition of programme and practice related materials
- Allocation of accommodation for programme teachers and programme staff
- Managing Programme Department computer files and folders
Please be aware that you need a visa/work permit for the EU in case you are not an EU citizen.