Jobs at Gaia House
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Find out about our latest non-residential and residential positions below.

We Warmly Welcome Everyone ! Inclusivity at Gaia House

Gaia House warmly welcomes all people of every age, ethnicity, cultural heritage and religious background, socio-economic group, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We are committed to promoting inclusion and diversity both in terms of who comes on retreat here but also who works here. We include an anonymous demographic questionnaire for you to complete with your application, but this will not form part of your application. The information collected will form a confidential statistical record which will not be used for any purpose other than to support the Trust’s actions with regard to equality of opportunity and inclusion.

Salaries at Gaia House

To remain accessible to all, Gaia House is committed to keeping retreat fees as low as possible and offering financial assistance to those that need it. Our salary budget ensures that no individual role is paid more than double any other role in the organisation for the same hours. We also ensure that all roles are paid more than the national living wage as directed by The Joseph Rowntree foundation and competitive but affordable to Gaia House.

The benefits of working for Gaia House go far beyond financial reward. Our working community is supported to work in an amazing environment within a service community bound by common ethics and principles. We are supported in our Dharma practice with one-to-one teacher guidance, meditation and practice discussions, free time to sit on retreat, and flexible working arrangements that allow for a healthy work-life balance. Working this way has allowed us to balance keeping retreat prices as low as possible, while at the same time attracting skilled staff with wages that do not exploit their devotion to our work.

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Current Non-Residential Positions:

Retreat Manager – Non-Residential (Part-time)

 Hours: 32hrs per week – worked flexibly over 4 or 5 days
Location: Based on site at Gaia House (Newton Abbot, Devon)
Salary Range: £28k – £32k pro rata plus Pension, depending on experience

This pivotal management position holds key responsibility for the smooth running of a full and diverse programme of silent, in-person meditation retreats at Gaia House, a centre that is open seven days a week, 365 days a year.

This role is central to maintaining the highest standards for our retreatants. This will require broad ranging operational management skills and a high degree of interpersonal sensitivity to care for the complexities of our silent retreat environment in a changing and evolving programme.

Our Retreat Manager needs to have a flexible and adaptable working approach as there may be some evening and weekend work required in responding to the needs of the residential retreat programme. 

We offer a special and unique environment where you can develop your own practice in a supportive, engaged and vibrant working community.

For more information and a full job description for the role please download the pack below.

Are you interested in applying ? 

If you’re interested in applying for the role please download the application pack below, this includes the job description, the application form, the diversity and inclusion monitoring form and also benefits of working at Gaia House.

If you have any questions about the role and would find it helpful to have an informal discussion via phone – please feel welcome to email me in the first instance on the email given below and we can arrange to speak.

Deadline for Applications:  9am on Monday 10th January 2022 – Please send all completed applications by email Sarah Abdy, HR & Admin Manager on

Please be aware that we may close applications for this role earlier than 10th January depending on the applications we receive so if you are interested in applying we recommend submitting your application as soon as you can.

We anticipate shortlisting will take place by 14th January 2022 with interviews taking place week commencing either week commencing 17th or 24th January 2022.  Interviews may take place at Gaia House or online.

Current Residential Positions

We regularly have openings to join our residential service team – please click here for current opportunities .

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