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~ Becoming a Hermitage Steward

Volunteering as a  Steward at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage is a rich opportunity to live among dedicated monastic women, and learn about monastic discipline in a rugged forest environment. It is an opportunity to practice Metta in Action and engage more fully with the Buddha’s Teachings and practice the Noble Eightfold Path.  By participating mindfully in the everyday needs of the community, one can develop an open heart of selfless giving and cultivate a mind that sees and acts with clear comprehension and ease.
There are opportunities for 1 to 3 Stewards at the hermitage on a regular basis.   Stewards may serve on a long or short term basis, from one week up to six months.

A Steward is a lay resident who lives at Aranya Bodhi, either in one of the kutis (small cabins) or in a tent during the warmer months, and who is involved in many of the day-to-day projects and tasks onsite. Depending on ability, these tasks may include: cooking, planning meals and grocery lists, cleaning, driving into town for errands, helping with construction projects, building and clearing trails, preparing firewood, emailing, and assisting in financial book keeping.

All residents are asked to follow the community’s daily schedule which includes work periods, as well as periods of devotional chanting, quiet meditation, and Dhamma reflection. Lay residents are also asked to follow the 8 precepts, which includes no eating after mid-day.

For more information on becoming a Hermitage Steward, 
email: or phone: 707-340-4281, or
write: Aranya Bodhi Hermitage,
PO Box 16, Jenner, CA 95450.