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Our Short and Long-Term Residency program is full until the Spring of 2022. If you have any questions, please reach out!

Gampo Abbey is delighted to announce that we are expanding the ways in which people can apply to be a part of our community. We will now be offering short-term and long-term residencies for people interested in joining our community of dedicated practitioners, exploring an integrated and embodied path of Buddhist wisdom, meditation, and discipline.

Our contemplative and powerful atmosphere is warm-hearted yet rigorous, with four to five hours of meditation each day, resources for study and contemplation, a daily service period where we put meditation into action, and community processing as a means of waking up together. Joining our community means putting one’s spiritual aspiration to wake up at the centre of your Mandala.

Accepted applicants are expected to integrate into the community, make a commitment to practice and study while here, and respectfully follow guidelines and rules while at the monastery.  After settling in for a period of one month or so, expect to have a review meeting with the Co-Directors before the rest of the residency is confirmed.

Short-Term Residencies

A short-term residency is a one to three month commitment with the possibility of requesting to extend one’s stay after the first month. Short-term residents are expected to remain at the Abbey for the entire duration of their stay and do not have any time away.

We encourage you to view this opportunity as a time of deep retreat and reflection. Simplifying your life, reducing speed, and integrating into our practice environment is a powerful way of nourishing yourself, and offering to others.

Long-Term Residencies

Long-Term residencies are a 11-month commitment in the community. Applicants may request to extend their stay part way through their time here as described in the Resident’s Handbook.  Participants in the long-term residency will have the opportunity for review and feedback after one month to confirm the commitment.

Long-term residents may request temporary ordination and solitary retreat after a period of two months. Prerequisites for requesting ordination include the Buddhist Refuge Vow, which must be undertaken before arriving at the Abbey, and evidence of a training path in basic Buddhist practice and philosophy, such as Shambhala training.

The experience of temporary ordination is a rich and deep path, and unique to a very small number of monastic situations, including Gampo Abbey. You can read more about the training and commitment for this here.

Residency Application

Applicants must have an established formal meditation practice of at least two years, a recommendation from a meditation instructor/teacher, and a recommendation from your working life. Please review the materials on this site before you complete an application.

Completed applications should be emailed to [email protected]   Generally, qualified applicants will hear back from us in a few weeks to schedule a phone call to discuss your application.

Resident Contribution is $500/month for the Short-Term Residency and $5,000 for the entirety of the Long-Term Residency.  If you feel able to offer more please ask us about a patron rate.

We want everyone who qualifies to be able to come to the monastery. If cost is obstructive for participating in a short-term or long-term residency please let us know, and we will do our best to find a way for you to be here.

Please see our Resident’s Handbook for more information here.