For 40 years Marpa House has provided its visitors with a beautiful and peaceful environment in which to retreat, meditate, and connect with the Dharma and community that is Marpa House.

This is only possible through the generosity of long-term volunteers who assist with the day-to-day running of the house by coming on staff for a period of time, and short-term volunteers who may help out with large courses, come for a gardening weekend, or just come and cook lunch!


VACANCIES are available periodically. Marpa House operates with several semi-permanent staff members who keep the house open to visitors, retreatants and those attending the various large and small courses and meetings that take place during the year.

The Trustees and Committee organise the House so that it is open all the year round, giving visitors the full opportunity for discovering about Buddhism and attending retreats and courses.

For further information about the vacancies described below,  please contact the secretary by telephone    [44] (0)1799 584415


Long-term volunteering – ‘live-in staff”

If you have a month free, or want to put your life on hold for a year, then Marpa House gives you the opportunity to come ‘on staff’ as a volunteer.  There are 3 staff roles – a cook, a housekeeper and a gardener.  In return you receive free accommodation and meals, free attendance at courses and a small honoraria to cover your basic living costs.

In addition to the practical aspect, being on staff provides the opportunity to deepen your spiritual practice and understanding, make new friends within the Sangha, and the knowledge that you are giving back to the house!









If  you are interested in coming on staff please contact the Secretary on 01799 584415 for an informal chat or you can request an application pack via email:


Short-term volunteering

If you aren’t able to take time out to come on staff, there is still a need for short-term staff.  If you can offer anything from a few hours to a few days, we would still love to hear from you.  We often call upon short-term volunteers when we have large courses on of if we are short staffed.  We also welcome help from Sangha people who have skills to bring to the maintenance and upkeep of Marpa House and the gardens.

If you want to volunteer for ad hoc  jobs (and enter your contact details on a list that we can call upon when required) this would be extremely useful. Please contact the house administrator by telephone [44] (0)1799584415


Volunteering weekends

vol_gardenWe often have volunteers gardening weekends throughout the year where you may stay at the house for free or have a free lunch if you are just coming for the day.

Please check the calendar or Events page for further details.