We are very happy to inform you that we will be offering the annual Family Retreat and Teen Camp staff programs at Deer Park Monastery.
Before, during, and after these events, we will need staff to help us, so we are inviting practitioners who have already attended a retreat in the Plum Village tradition to apply to be staff members. As a staff member, you can help us in many different areas, most of which involve physical work. We ask you to arrive earlier and depart later than other registrants.
Serving on the staff team is often a very rewarding and fulfilling experience, working together in joy and harmony. Here are some of the qualities we are looking for in staff members:
- Ability to speak basic English
- Being in good physical and mental health
- Ability to listen deeply to others and be open to the ideas of others
- Being mindful and keeping our calm even in difficult situations
- Working well on a team
- Capable of guiding a group in work
- Responsible, diligent, and thorough in your work
- Creative and energetic
- For first aid, we are looking for people with first aid experience or medical background
All staff will be asked to follow the retreat schedule. The day typically begins at 5:00 AM and ends at 10:00 PM with a rest period in between. Depending on the work you do, you may have to miss regular retreat activities to complete your work assignment.
Work is done in small groups or “families” comprised of monastic brothers and sisters, experienced lay practitioners, and registrants. Staff will be asked to coordinate and lead family groups in their assigned work. There will be regular staff meetings to learn from each other and build harmony in the community.
All staff are asked to bring their own tent to camp.
Children and teen program staff members receive a full reduction on retreat registration fees. They also have the opportunity to arrive one week earlier than the regular staff arrival day to participate in and benefit from the daily schedule of the monastery with the brothers and sisters.
Staff members working as family leaders for adults during the Family Retreat will pay a reduced registration fee of $100.
Thank you for your aspiration to help bring joy and peace to many people in the retreat!