Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
(updated February 17, 2017)
Please contact Sally Segerstrom, Volunteer & Community Coordinator, at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in any of the opportunities below.
Classes, Daylongs, and Events
Volunteers support every class, daylong and event offered by Spirit Rock. In exchange for 2-4 hours of service in support of the program, Volunteers have the opportunity to attend the event or class free of charge or pay a reduced fee (for Benefits and Special Events). You can explore programs on our website or print newsletter and contact our Volunteer Coordinator to volunteer for any non-residential program.
For most programs, day-of event volunteers arrive an hour early to help set up chairs in the program room, greet folks as they arrive, check off people who have already registered or collect payment from folks who register at the door. Volunteers help with CE registration and direct parking for larger programs. Volunteers offer the event coordinator 15-20 minutes of help during the lunch break. At the end of the program, volunteers help put away chairs, sweep the hall, empty the garbage and recycling, collect and label lost and found items, and tidy up the hall. Read more about event volunteering here>
We are most in need of volunteers for the programs listed below. This is not a comprehensive list:
The Wings of Awakening: Wisdom and Compassion
with Howard Cohn
Sunday, February 26, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm
Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth
with Linda Graham
Saturday, March 4, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm
Introduction to Insight Meditation
with Mark Coleman
Friday, March 10, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm
Awakening Our Hearts: Exploring White Privilege to Build Authentic Relationships across Difference
with Arinna Weisman, Joan Doyle, Baruch Goldman
Saturday, March 11, self-identified white volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm
Mind Medicine: Working Skillfully with Emotions
with Ralph de la Rosa
Saturday, March 18, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm
Roots, Rock, Rama: Jai Uttal's New Album Release Concert, 8:00-10:00pm
Saturday, March 18, volunteers needed before and after concert
Writing as a Path to Awakening
with Albert Flynn DeSilver
Sunday, March 19, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm
Inspired by Change: How to Cultivate a Resilient Heart while Caring about Our Changing World
with James Baraz, Bob Doppelt
Friday, March 24, Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26
volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30 pm all three days
Qigong and Meditation: Healing and Awakening
with Mingtong Gu
Saturday, March 25, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm
Relaxed and Awake: A Mindfulness Mediation Daylong with Feldenkrais Method Movement
with Wes Nisker, Dan Clurman
Sunday, March 26, volunteers needed 8:30aqm-5:30pm
Ongoing Event Volunteer Needs
Dharma & Recovery group meets 2nd Friday of the month from 7:15-9:15 pm. Volunteers are needed 45 minutes before and after to assist our event coordinator.
Our Monday night drop-in is a Spirit Rock tradition. This is a wonderful way to meet people in our community. Teachers such as Jack Kornfield, Mark Coleman, and many others offer meditation and a dharma talk every Monday from 7:15-9:15 pm. Volunteers support the event by offering to help set up, greet people as they arrive, direct parking, and help with clean up.
Our new Thursday night drop-in sitting and discussion group, Dharma of Now, begins on January 26 from 7:15-9:15pm. Volunteers are needed before and afterward to assist our event coordinator.
Friendly faces needed to welcome our incoming yogis as they arrive for retreat 2:45-5:30 pm on days retreats open. Volunteers assist our caretakers in directing retreatants where to park and welcoming them to the center.
Want to help us spread the word about Spirit Rock's programs and volunteer opportunities? Know places in your community that would welcome our marketing materials-- such as yoga studios, co-ops, eco-friendly stores, community centers. etc.? We are especially looking for help with outreach in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Sausalito, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Novato, and Santa Rosa.
This department is seeking several volunteers, some ongoing and some for specific tasks: copy editor/proofreader, graphic designer, digital librarian and transcription. Please email your resume and availability to Kathryn Arnold, Marketing and Communications Manager: KathrynA@spiritrock.org.
Offer your time and energy to help create a welcoming space for yogis on retreat. Your contribution helps set the tone and initial impressions for retreatants. We need help on most retreat opening and closing days to help clean dorm rooms and bathrooms. We appreciate a commitment of at least 3 hours and up to 6 hours each day between 9:30am-3:30pm. (Preferred time is 10:00am-2:30pm including 30 minutes for lunch). NOTE: It is important that volunteers in this area are physically fit and free from back problems.
Housekeeping needs volunteers on these retreat closing dates:
April 1, 5, 16, 21, 29
Land Care and Facilities Maintenance
Volunteers assist our caretaker with a variety of land care, grounds and facilities maintenance projects throughtout the year including:
- gardening and watering decorative beds throughout campus (less physical work)
- weed whacking and meadow mowing (more physical work)
- pruning trees (more physical work)
- sifting and spreading compost
- trail maintenance (pruning branches that limit trail access,re-cutting eroded trails, managing runoff channels in winter)
- general grounds maintenance (raking and sweeping pathways and parking areas and picking up small branches and debris)
- help to reestablish nursery to propagate native plants for reintroduction to land
- handy person tasks such as repairs, painting, small woodworking projects
Dedicated Volunteer Program
We offer a Dedicated Volunteer Program for community members who would like to make volunteering a part of their weekly practice. Dedicated Volunteer positions require a six month commitment of 4 hours a week. In exchange for committing to this program, DVs earn 5 nights of residential retreat time during their 6 months of service. For more information, visit the Dedicated Volunteer Program page on this website.
If you have community service hours from a traffic ticket and would like to contribute your hours to Spirit Rock, please fill out our online volunteer application and indicate how many hours you have to complete by what date and your availability.
Live in the East Bay?
Check out volunteer opportunities at East Bay Meditation Center. Founded to provide a welcoming environment for people of color, members of the LGBTQI community, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities, EBMC offers a variety of volunteer positions. Some can be done anywhere with internet access, others require being on-site in Oakland, either on a regular basis or for a specific, time-limited project. Volunteering is a fun and inspiring way to deepen your spiritual practice.