Residency at Jikoji
Jikoji receives applications for residency through this website. Jikoji has teachers, staff members, permanent residents, a few guest residents (those working outside Jikoji full time), and on occasion has short-term residents. Living spaces are limited, and there may be a waiting list for those applying.
Residency usually begins with visits to Jikoji, being part of the sangha, engagement in Jikoji’s practice (particularly sesshins, the week-long meditation intensives) and familiarity with current residents. A trail period of living and practicing at Jikoji for at least two weeks is followed by a time when the applicant is no long in residence, and if selected, potential residency then follows.
All residents are expected to engage fully in the practice life at Jikoji, which includes daily meditation, a Sunday program and sesshins throughout the year. At times Jikoji’s function is to also becomes a host to other meditation groups, as well as providing guest rooms for individuals. In addition, residents are expected to support Jikoji with joining the Ino (daily manager) rotation and some support work such as cleaning, gardening, housekeeping, or other maintenance.
Residents are provided with individual rooms, all utility costs (including internet), some board, and free participation in all Jikoji programs and workshops. In addition, guest rooms, when they are available, can be extended to friends or family. A monthly “utility fee” for residents currently is $500. (slightly higher for guest residents). No pets, large household items or outside projects or work incompatible with Jikoji can be accommodated, and any partners or family members must apply separately. Along with the application form below, it is requested you provide some references, particularly from any meditation teachers or mentors.
Jikoji is located in the hilly Santa Cruz mountains and within a nature preserve. An appreciation of nature and acceptance of the challenges of country living is to be understood. Residents will need a car to come and go. Being a smaller country center, Jikoji has less formal structure, so there is time for individual interests or part-time work, and because it is based on a retreat model rather than a monastic one, it has a more liberal sangha environment that demands mature self-direction.