Kitchen Manager Position

(Open Position)

Full Time 30-35 Hours per week


Retreat Kitchen Management

  • Create menus and shopping lists for all retreats and special events
  • Purchase all food for retreat and resident meals within prescribed budget
  • Serve as main chef for all retreats and special events; prepare and serve the main meal
  • Supervise and participate in kitchen clean-up after the main meal
  • Train and supervise retreatants performing work meditation in the kitchen; model behavior that supports mindfulness practice in the retreat environment
  • Create and manage schedule of additional cooks (breakfast and supper)
  • Train additional retreat cooks

Guest Resident Kitchen Management

  • Serve as “overseer” for resident meals
  • Work with guest residents to coordinate meal preparation and guest resident kitchen clean-up
  • Prepare one to three meals per week when there are no retreats occurring
  • Incorporate appropriate requests into shopping list

Kitchen Oversight

  • Oversee and maintain kitchen hygiene, ensuring kitchens that exemplify sanitary conditions at all times
  • Create and maintain relationships with food purveyors
  • Maintain kitchen facilities in compliance with governmental regulations and standards
  • Respond to periodic inspections by regulators
  • Other kitchen or retreat related duties as assigned

The specific number of hours per week is intended as a guide, not an absolute.  We joyously do what needs to be done at any moment knowing there is a natural ebb and flow to the pace at Heartwood related to our retreat schedule. Our intention is to ensure that we have time to balance our service with our spiritual practice and other areas of interest in our lives.


  • One to three years of professional cooking experience, vegetarian cuisine strongly preferred, preferably in a contemplative work setting
  • Strong time-management skills; ability to coordinate, follow through on, and manage a variety of tasks simultaneously
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills; ability to take direction; ability to function as both team leader and team player
  • Strong personal and ethical commitment to bringing mindfulness to all activities of daily life; background or interest in meditation or other compatible spiritual tradition
  • Ability to work around retreatants in an appropriate manner to protect “retreatant space” through mindfulness, slowed speed, and mindful speech when retreatants are present
  • Ability to remain calm under kitchen pressure, and ability to work compassionately with retreatants
  • Flexibility in schedule on a daily and weekly basis, and ability to work evenings and weekends
  • A sincere interest in the exploration of bringing mindfulness to all activities of daily life
  • Physical: Able to lift, carry, push, or pull objects up to 50 pounds; able to perform moderately difficult manipulative tasks such as lifting large pots of food in and out of the oven, carrying heavy boxes of produce, performing repetitive motions of cutting, stirring and whisking; able to work in a standing position for up to 8 hours in the kitchen

If you have prior tangible experience and would like to discuss the potential for service at Heartwood, please send an email with the role you are interested in, a cover letter, and a current resume to

Heartwood is an equal opportunity employer. We place a high value on workforce diversity and are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and to ensuring that employment decisions are based on individuals’ abilities and qualifications. Consistent with these principles and applicable laws, it is Heartwood’s policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender and gender identity, and sexual orientation.