We are looking for a Summer Artmonk Chef.
Our vision is to cultivate personal awakening and cultural transformation through creativity, contemplation, and community. Does that light you up?
We are looking for a summer chef to support our programs (two silent art-oriented retreats & residencies and a retreat aimed at re-wilding & wellness). During this 7-week summer period, two of these weeks will be in silence, and we will ask that the kitchen is also a silent space during that time (functional silence). Check out our program pages for more info about those.
We are a non-religious organization strongly influenced by Buddhism and shamanism. Team members have a wide range of backgrounds and current spiritual practices. Daily meditation and group singing, frequent periods of silence and group ceremony/ritual are all important parts of our shared practice life. We invite the chef to run the kitchen as an opportunity to practice mindfulness, kindness, and creativity while cooking.
Your responsibilities as chef are to plan the meals, shop, and cook (with the help of one or two volunteers per meal) lunch & dinner 5-6 days/week (depending on the programming for that week). The rest of the community is responsible for meal cleans. Other people take care of most breakfasts. You’ll be cooking for 5 to 15 people per meal, including Artmonks, volunteers, and program guests. We prioritize using veggies from our garden, and local/bulk food as much as possible. We eat on a budget of $8-$15 per person/per day depending on the program. We do serve meat, but there are always vegetarians and possibly a couple of vegans, GF or no-dairy-folks. We care to accommodate food allergies / special diets.
Our ideal candidate has experience cooking for a spiritual community or retreat center.
In exchange for your work, we will provide housing and food for the time that you are with us. This also includes alcohol, wifi, use of the car while you’re here, and utilities. Please ask if you have further questions.
Full time summer position: June 27 – August 14
Minimum summer position: July 10-28 & August 6-14
We will prioritize applicants who have the most availability.
Shared accommodations available, 2 people per room. If you are interested in camping, we can offer a private tent.
A truly special 7-acre farm on the banks of the Connecticut River, we will live in tents and in the 6-bedroom farmhouse. The barn-turned-movement-space is available for movement-based practices as well as a variety of other shared and outdoor art-making spaces.
The kitchen is a normal family-sized kitchen, not a commercial kitchen. So you’ll need to be prepared to be flexible in the space. There is a 5-burner gas stove with oven, and a grill over the outdoor fire pit. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the kitchen.
We plant a big garden each year with a variety of veggies and herbs. You’ll need to become familiar with the garden, helping to care for it, and using as much produce from the garden as possible.
Please email email@example.com by June 1 with:
- your cooking or food-systems resume
- a one-page statement of interest including
- what calls you to the Art Monastery
- further info you’d like to share about previous experiences in working in kitchens
- your calendar availability
- your background in spiritual practice
- experience living in community