Our Sustainability and Horticulture partner organization is a residential Buddhist retreat center located among the hills and lakes of northwestern Ireland. The center is open to all visitors, Buddhist or otherwise, and strives to promote environmental conservation, peaceful coexistence, and inter-faith dialogue. Interns have opportunities to develop skills in organic garden management and organic meal design and preparation.
Our Sustainability and Horticulture partner organization is a residential retreat center located among the hills and lakes of northwest County Cavan. The center opened in 1990 under the guidance and spiritual direction of Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche. A small group of his students manages the center with the support of many others scattered near and far across the world. The center is open to all visitors, Buddhist or otherwise, and strives to achieve the following goals:
Organic Garden Management (Spring/Summer)
This is a great internship for students studying ecological sustainability. The intern would support the team’s work to maintain the organic vegetable and flower garden. The strictly organic garden sometimes incorporates bio-dynamic growing techniques. The garden has a large poly-tunnel as well as mature fruit trees. Some typical tasks include:
Organic Meal Design and Preparation (All Terms)
Interns interested in culinary arts and food science can collaborate with the management team to design and produce organic, vegetarian menus for the residents and guests of the center. Interns can practice designing seasonal and local meals by following specific guidelines about when certain types of meals should be prepared. All meals are vegetarian, but not necessarily vegan.
*Fee amounts are calculated with an exchange rate from European Euro at the time of posting.
The retreat center provides dormitory-style housing along with meals at the rate listed above. Accommodations are in the large Victorian house called Owendoon, which is in thirteen acres of meadow, woodland, and gardens, next to a lake.
Summer: January 25
Fall: April 15
Winter: September 1
Spring: November 15
-Students who are interested in Buddhist practice are strongly encouraged to apply.