Work Practice Apprenticeships

In the Work Practice Apprenticeship Program, you participate as a resident practitioner in the Summer Work Practice Program for three to five consecutive months during the summer guest season, April 28 through September 11.

Those students participating for at least three consecutive months of guest season are eligible to be considered for one practice period scholarship to be used at one of the three Zen Centers (subject to acceptance). Students participating for five consecutive months of the guest season are eligible to earn two practice period scholarships.

If you are interested in applying for the WPA Program, please plan your arrival and departure at Tassajara so that you fulfill the three-to-five-month requirement. While students may come as early as April 6 for Work Period and stay as late as September 26, the three-to-five-month WPA must occur within the dates of guest season (April 28 through September 11) in order to earn practice period credits. If you decide after you arrive that you’d like to apply for the WPA program, you can explore options with the Director.

Eligibility for a scholarship does not guarantee acceptance to a practice period or center, which is determined through a separate application procedure. Also, admission into a practice period at Tassajara requires that you complete at least one practice period at either City Center or Green Gulch first.

Work Practice Apprentices are eligible to receive a scholarship of $25 per month for the purchase of personal necessities. Students who have not been accepted into the WPA program, or who work less than three months during the official guest season, will neither earn a practice period scholarship nor receive the $25 scholarship. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask the Director for further clarification. Click here for information on how to apply.

For those interested in joining our summer kitchen staff as apprentices we are offering a five-month Tassajara Zen Kitchen Apprenticeship. Students with a demonstrated interest in culinary work may apply for this apprenticeship.