Vacancy at Emoyeni

Emoyeni Retreat centre  is looking for a resident staff member to join our small community.

The position we are looking to fill is that of a kitchen manager – this entails overseeing and coordinating the kitchen, meals and volunteer weekend cooks at Emoyeni.

This position calls for someone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. You do not necessarily have to do the cooking, but you will be coordinating and assisting our volunteer cooks over the weekends, overseeing the kitchen (and the housekeeping) and shopping for supplies during the week.

Living on a retreat centre in the bush means different kinds of chores and jobs to those of a nine-to-five city job. At times the work can be physical and demanding but here you wake to birdsong, breathe fresh mountain air and take time to listen to the bush quietening down at dusk. Being part of Emoyeni is a way of giving service while living in a restful and beautiful centre in the Magaliesberg. 

Position: Kitchen manager:
Any combination of the following skills would be valuable to us:

  • Cooking or kitchen management
  • Vegetarian menu planning
  • Gardening know-how and interest
  • Service industry experience

The ideal candidate will also have/be:

  • A familiarity or keen interest in Buddhist practice
  • The ability to work with people as well as being able to enjoy solitude
  • Attention to detail – we like to keep things simple but in good taste.
  • Self-motivated and reliable
  • Initiative and a good attitude

 At Emoyeni we try to find a balance between being and doing, we don’t always get this right, but we keep trying. The post offers full board and lodging at our beautiful centre and a small stipend in exchange for a 30 hour work week.

The ideal candidate would be someone who has been on retreat here or elsewhere and has a keen interest in Buddhist practise.

Please send your CV and a cover letter telling us why you would like to join us to

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