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Who We Are

Dorje Denma Ling (DDL) is a Buddhist retreat centre located atop a hill in Nova Scotia, Canada, about 6 km from the Village of Tatamagouche. We are guided by the Shambhala, Kagyu and Nyingma teachings, and aspire to practice, study, work and live in a society based on compassion and kindness toward all sentient beings and our planet Earth.

A registered non-profit society, Denma Ling has been providing a supportive environment for individuals and groups to practice meditation and other contemplative disciplines since 1992.

What We Do

DDL hosts group retreats on the land that strengthen one’s innate mindfulness and awareness capabilities, and foster a more awake, kind, and caring culture. These collaborative learning programs bring together like-minded people who are concerned about the environment, and passionate about creating a sane society – a society that promotes basic goodness, compassion, and respect for each other and for the world.

These on-land retreats are currently hosted from April/May through to the end of November. (The exact timing depends on how the program calendar is shaping up.) During the colder season, we focus more on hosting online courses.

Seasonal Work

The seasonal nature of DDL also means that most of the paid work is also seasonal, with a few exceptions in finance, programs and management.  Seasonal staff would generally live at or near the Centre. Onsite housing and meals are provided at no charge for seasonal workers; wage levels are compliant with the Nova Scotia provincial standards, but can vary depending on the skill level required for the position. Staff also get a 30% discount in our Gift Store.

Seasonal workers are typically needed in the area of guest services, facilities, kitchen (manager and cooks), and housekeeping.

If you are interested in working with us on a seasonal basis, we would list these positions early in the year on this page. To apply for these positions you can either submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected], or complete this online application form.

Current Openings

  • Kitchen Manager – Available Immediately (duration of the season with possibility of rehire)

We also accept volunteers who can stay for extended periods of time. For more information, visit this page.

Year-Round Employment

As mentioned, Dorje Denma Ling employs a few year-round employees in the areas of finance, programs and management. These positions are also posted on this page when there are openings, but undergo a wider recruitment effort because specific skill sets are required.

Current Openings