Volunteer and Staff Positions Open at Gampo Abbey



Please consider joining our Gampo Abbey resident community this summer as a volunteer. This is the perfect opportunity to offer your support to the Shambhala Monastic Order while practicing and working on the cliffs overlooking the expansive Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Each summer our service areas expand to include garden, groundskeeping, and hosting individual retreatants. If you have a heartfelt interest in Shambhala and would like to experience life at Gampo Abbey, come for a few weeks or a few months this summer. Accommodations and meals are included. Volunteers follow the resident schedule and have the guidance of an individual meditation instructor. They also abide by the five precepts required of all residents at Gampo Abbey.

Summer is a time when some of our monastic residents are away furthering their study at Shambhala programs throughout the mandala. We are particularly seeking volunteers for the weeks of July 15-30 and August 5-26.

To volunteer, please download and complete the Volunteer Application Form and return it to office@gampoabbey.org.





Your main duties will be to:

  • Assure the general functioning of the Abbey’s three primary systems which are water, heat and power.
  • Be on call for urgent conditions especially power outages.
  • As needed, repair or have repaired the various elements and parts of our fourteen structures.
  • Maintain good relations with our main contractors and suppliers.
  • Render physical assistance to all department heads in setting up programs and events.
  • Keep three vehicles clean and in road worthy condition using qualified mechanics.


Skills Required:

  • Commitment and the desire to live and work in a practice community.
  • Knowledge of building maintenance and repair practices.
  • Knowledge of safety practices.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Valid driver’s license.



  • Monthly stipend
  • Room and Board
  • Participation in Abbey programming


Please submit a letter of interest and a copy of your resume to: director@gampoabbey.org.