Mountain Lamp Residents

Mountain Lamp currently has two resident temple keepers: Matt and Lisa, who hold our Daily Practice Schedule, coordinate retreats, manage the property and keep things running.

Templekeepers at Mountain Lamp

The role of templekeeper provides a unique opportunity for the practitioner looking to deepen his or her practice. Templekeepers are invited to Mountain Lamp’s remote natural setting to step outside of the secular world and enter fully into an extended period of intensive practice. They maintain the daily schedule of sitting, walking and work practice alongside teachers and guests. Templekeepers are able to participate in retreats free of charge and have the opportunity to enter into a more intensive relationship with their teacher during their time in residence.

The role of templekeeper is also central to the harmonious functioning of Mountain Lamp. The templekeeper position has emerged in recent years as the programs and upkeep of Mountain Lamp have grown beyond the capacities of the teachers and visiting volunteers. A main focus of the role is to create a welcoming and nourishing environment for visitors and guests to Mountain Lamp. The practice of work includes tasks ranging from gardening and care of the grounds and facilities; to maintaining communications with guests and community members; to retreat and program planning and support; as well as the daily essentials of cooking, cleaning and shopping.

Templekeepers work an average of 25 hours per week and receive a small stipend. They are asked to make a minimum commitment of one year. Those interested in this role are encouraged to visit Mountain Lamp and meet with the teachers, board and current residents to get a sense of the place, the practice, the community, and the role.