Luminous Wisdom Meditation Retreat Center

LWM Retreat Center Work Study Program

Our meditation retreat center is on beautiful 45 acre of redwood forest with creeks and small waterfall. Only 30 min to the center of Silicon Valley (Apple and Google), 30 min to the beach, and 1 hour to San Francisco. 

We are a small "startup" and looking for people to help build our retreat center and community while enjoy the nature, learn and practice meditation, meet interesting people, and explore nearby cities in the area include visiting Apple/Google campus, state parks and beach.

While all our normal classes are online now due to COVID we do provide onsite Buddhist meditation teachings and dharma talks to the volunteers in our outdoor amphitheater. 

We only take applications 1 month ahead while we keep a waiting list you can get on at any time. Start dates are around 1st and 15th of each month with duration of two weeks, extension after two weeks is possible. 
We only take applications from those already in US or Canada. If you are from other countries, contact us after you arrive in US.

As precepts are the foundation of meditation, everyone at our retreat center needs to follow the five Buddhist precepts:
Refrain from killing.
Refrain from stealing, taking what is not given.
Refrain from sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment). 
Refrain from lying.
Refrain from intoxicants that cloud the mind.

No drugs of any kind (including marijuana, e-cigs, vaping etc) , entheogenic (psychedelic/hallucinogenic) 'plant medicines' , or tobacco are allowed anywhere on the property. No alcohol is allowed during the stay here for the volunteers. Meditation is the training of the mind to gain insight and wisdom to see the truth so that we can attain freedom from sufferings, exactly the opposite of intoxication and impairment of the mind which in the short term may bring joyful delusions but in the longer term be even further away from the truth and causes more and deeper sufferings. We are very serious about these rules and we are not equipped to help people to quit addictions (we can only refer people to such programs). 

Due to the COVID situation, you have to go through quarantine upon arrival if you can't drive here by yourself. Wearing mask is required when other people are around and mask will be provided when needed. 

We are of Tibetan Buddhism Nyingma Lineage and our teachers are from the largest Buddhist Institute in the world - Larung Gar Buddhist Academy (in Tibet), including Vice President Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro and Khenpo Sodargye. We have a core sangha of about 80 serious Buddhist meditation practitioners in a 9 year program taught by Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro. 

Meditation practitioners of all traditions are welcomed. 
Monastics are very welcomed and we have program for monastics.

We are in the early phase of building the retreat center. 
There are the regular maintenance needed for the 45 acre property with a campground including cleaning. 
We particularly need help on building small meditation retreat huts and decks, you don't need to have special skills but need to do some manual construction works under guidance.

Each volunteer gets their own private glamping tent with bed etc for now. 
Small retreat hut later and will be shared occupancy.
Shared bathroom with hot water shower and kitchen. 
Washer and dryer (use coins).
We provide food, mostly vegetarian. 1-2 volunteer dedicated to cooking or volunteers take turns to cook.
Please bring your own bowl/plate/fork/spoon if possible.
We have wifi in the campground for the volunteers.
The cell phone reception is pretty good at the entrance area, somewhat weaker down at the campground area.

If interested, please send email to

Previous Retreats:
2019 Meditation Retreats

Free 1 Day Meditation Retreat on Compassion Meditation


Free 1 Day Meditation Retreat on Tara Practice Fullfilment of Wishes


Free Half Day Meditation Retreat on Meditation Samadhi


Free 3 Day Meditation Retreat on the Path to Enlightenment


Free 2 Day Meditation Retreat on Shamatha Meditation


Free 2 Day Meditation Retreat on Shamatha Meditation



Free Half Day Meditation Retreat on Shamatha Meditation


Free 1 Day Meditation Retreat by the lake at Bishop Ranch


2 Day Meditation Retreat in Mendocino by the Ocean

02/16 - 02/18/2019

2018 Meditation Retreats

2 Day Meditation Retreat at Clearlake by Lakefront

11/21 - 11/23/2018

Free Half Day Meditation at Los Altos Hills


Free 3 Day Meditation Retreat at Los Altos Hilss

06/22 - 06/24/2018 

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14830 Stetson Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95033