Work-Scholarships and Fellowships

Work-Scholarship Opportunities

It is Natural Dharma Fellowship’s aspiration that no one be turned away from teachings and retreats due to inability to pay. Work-study opportunities are available to offset the cost of retreats. Work-study provides a rich opportunity to engage with Wonderwell staff and residents while helping to support retreats.

Retreat applicants who need financial assistance should register for their chosen retreat as early as possible and immediately submit a Work-Scholarship Application.  Because scholarships are a limited resource, decisions are often based on a first-come, first-served basis.  In order for your Work-Study request to be evaluated, we must receive a Work-Scholarship application, and you’ll need to be registered for the program (which requires paying a 25% deposit).   Scholarships can pay up to 75% for commuter, camping and dorm accommodations.   If dorm is sold out, you may request a shared room w/hall bath accommodation.

Kitchen Work-Scholarship

Kitchen work-scholarship allows individuals to come and work before, during and/or after a retreat.  Please state on your application as to your preference.  Typically there is only one Kitchen Work-Study opportunity per retreat.

Facilities & Grounds Work-Scholarship

Facilities & grounds work-scholarship allows individuals to come and work before, during and/or after a retreat.  Please state on the application your preference and any physical limitations you may have.  Please know that if you have physical limitations, this kind of work study is limited.

Administration Work-Scholarship

Administration work-schoarship allows individuals to come and work before, during and/or after a retreat.  Please state on your application as to your preference.  Typically there is only one Administration Work-Study opportunity per retreat.

Fellowships

Hemera

We are pleased to be able to offer Hemera Foundation fellowships for those working full-time in the following fields:  educators (K-12), health care practitioners, and artists.   To qualify for a Hemera Fellowship the attending retreat must be listed as primarily a meditation retreat.

Tuition Assistance

Carol Sipe Memorial Fund

Our Carol Sipe Memorial Fund provides tuition assistance for Natural Dharma Fellowship residential retreats at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. The fund is supported by a percentage of our membership fees. We gratefully accept contributions in honor of Carol’s life and in support of NDF’s mission.

Carol Sipe was a Buddhist practitioner whose devotion to Dzogchen and Mahamudra was based on the deep resonance she experienced with these practices during a near-death experience early in her life. She particularly valued the wisdom she gained through attending residential retreats and she wished to spread that understanding. Her death at the age of 62 was transformed by her practice of Tibetan Buddhism and the support of her sangha.

Scholarship are awarded by application only.  In order to receive tuition assistance, an application must be submitted, you must register for the program, and pay the regular 25% deposit (Payments & Cancellations).  Once those items are received, your application will be evaluated.  Tuition assistance typically provides $100-$500 depending on the length of the retreat.   Financial assistance is provided for commuters, campers, housing in the dorm, or premium dorm rooms only.

Questions?

Please direct any questions concerning Natural Dharma Fellowship’s scholarship programs and fellowships opportunities at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge to retreats@wonderwellrefuge.org.