Resident Steward Application Form

Personal Information

Mailing Address

Commitment & Community

3-month minimum commitment. Upon arrival, all stewards undertake a 2 week trial period, to determine that stewardship is a good fit for us and you. Stewardships can be extended with approval from the Abbot.

Please provide us with an official record for the past 10 years of your driving experience. For BC, this ICBC website is available for fast online requests which will give you an idea of what we need. If submitting BC driving records, you may send them to us directly from ICBC by email: meditate@birken.ca. If you have a driving record from another province or state, please forward those records to us as well. Based on the ICBC site, please upload (see upload information below) or email us the following documents at the time of your application’s submission:
  • Driving record (Driver’s abstract)
  • Insurance and claims history record
  • Driver factor report (prototype)

Accepted formats: .pdf, .docx, .jpeg (pdf preferred)

Physical & Mental Health

PLEASE NOTE: this is a requisite for consideration of your Resident Steward Application.

Please tell us about any conditions that might affect your participation in the monastery schedule, activities, guidelines, adherence to the Eight Precepts, etc.

Please let us know if your condition is controlled by medication, stable or unstable. We also need to know if it is likely to cause you a problem while you are here and whether you anticipate needing any kind of special support during your visit.

Please tell us about any conditions that might affect your participation in the monastery schedule, activities, guidelines, adherence to the Eight Precepts, etc.

Please let us know if your condition is controlled by medication, stable or unstable. We also need to know if it is likely to cause you a problem while you are here and whether you anticipate needing any kind of special support during your visit.

Emergency Contact

Name, phone number, and/or e-mail address of an emergency contact.

If you have any additional information that you would like us to know, please list it here.

Guest / Steward Guidelines

The Birken Guest Guidelines can be found here.

All guests must abide by the Eight Precepts during their stay at the monastery. In exceptional cases (e.g. if you have hypoglycemia or diabetes), you may request an exception from the Eight Precepts to have a light evening snack. These exceptions must be approved by the Abbot prior to your visit and will be acknowledged in your booking confirmation.

DUTY GUIDELINES: Birken is a working monastery; the residents both live and work here. During your period of service there may be times when we are fully staffed and other times when someone is ill or leaves unexpectedly and other stewards need to step in to take care of duties. You may be in the kitchen one day and clearing snow the next. Picking up guests in town and stoking the wood stoves in the main building. Whatever duties need to be done, must be done, regardless of convenience or previous expectations.

FOOD GUIDELINES: Food in a monastery is treated differently than in our contemporary culture. The views and opinions about what is healthy or not, organic or not, gluten free or not, vegetarian or not, are not what we are interested in here. In fact we will not discuss these matters at all, and will be quite blunt about how little concern we have for various preferences and health theories. We want to make sure stewards understand this at the outset. A monastery is not a resort, hotel, spa, restaurant, health food community or a hospital. It is a monastery in the Theravada tradition and the steward must conform to our attitudes not the other way around. Food preparation is not a democratic process but determined exclusively by the Abbot. This perhaps sounds rather direct. It is! But we don’t want any confusion around our attitudes since it just wastes everybody’s time.

Accepted formats: .pdf, .docx, .jpeg (pdf preferred)

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