Volunteering Visits

Enjoy making a difference

A great way to experience life at Madhyamaka KMC is to come on a volunteering visit.

In exchange for 25 hours work, you receive: seven days free dormitory accommodation, three vegetarian meals a day, full use of all the centre’s facilities and free attendance at meditation classes during your stay. It is also a unique opportunity to meet and work alongside members of the residential community and to find out more about the Buddhist way of life. You can choose between general volunteering visits and month-long cafe volunteering visits.

To request an application form email:


Fancy staying a week without working? Click here for info on Rest and Reflect retreat weeks.

General Volunteering Visits

Please arrive for your working visit on the Sunday evening and arrange to depart the following Sunday. Accommodation is in either male or female dorm – please bring your own sleeping bag and towel.

Available dates are:


25 June – 2 July

2-9 July
9-16 July (no new arrivals from this date until 5th August)
16-21 July (part week)

5-13 August (extra day)
13-20 August
20-27 August
27 August – 3 September

3-10 September
10-17 September
17-24 September
24 September – 1 October

1-8 October
8-15 October
15-22 October
22-29 October

29 October – 5 November
5-12 November
12-19 November
29-26 November
26 November – 3 December

3-10 December
10-17 December
17-24 December

27 December – 3 January (Wednesday – Wednesday)
30 December – 7 January (extra day)
7-14 January
14-21 January
21-28 January
28 January – 4 February

World Peace Cafe Pocklington VolunteeringWorld Peace Cafe: one-month volunteering visits

These volunteering visits last for approximately a month and you will spend your time in the busy World Peace Cafe, serving the public in a friendly environment of customers and other volunteers.

You would arrive on a Sunday and depart on a Monday, and receive two days off a week in exchange for five days in the cafe. You would need to be friendly and presentable, and enjoy working with others. The cafe is open 7-days a week.

The World Peace Cafe is in a beautiful setting, with stunning views. It is located on busy walking and cycling routes and many of these people pop in for coffee, a cake or a panini! Ideally you would have previous experience working with food and / or in customer service environments.
Accommodation is in either male or female dorm – please bring your own sleeping bag and towel.

Available dates are:

25 June – 21 July (departing on a Friday)
5 – 28 August
19 August – 18 September
2 September – 2 October
16 September – 16 October
30 September – 30 October
29 October – 27 November
12 November – 11 December
28 November – 24 December
27 December – 29 January

14 January – 12 February
28 January – 26 February

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