"The more fully we give our energy, the more it returns to us."
- Jack Kornfield

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

(updated March 21, 2017)

Please contact Sally Segerstrom, Volunteer & Community Coordinator, at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or 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:

Finding Freedom: Embodied and Expressive Practices that Liberate
    with Anne Cushman, Nina Wise
     Sunday, April 2
, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Healing Our Hearts, Minds and Bodies
     with Sandy Boucher, Martha Boesing
     Sunday, April 2, volunteers needed 8:30am-4:30pm

Awakening As We Age
     with Anna Douglas
     Wednesday, Ap
ril 5 - Friday, April 7, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:00pm all three days

Mindful Eating
     with Andrea Lieberstein
     Saturday, April 8, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Awakening Joy
     with James Baraz, Jane Baraz
April 9, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

The Power and Challenges of Sustaining Mindful Attention
     with Celeste Young
     Saturday, April 15, volunteers needed

Loving-Kindness: Cultivating the Open and Wise Heart
     with Donald Rothberg
     Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18, v
olunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm both days

Living at the Speed of Life
     with Anna Douglas
     Saturday, April 22, volu
nteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Reclaiming Our Ancestral Heritage and Lineage and Awakening Courage and Wisdom
     with Arinna Weisman, Sandy Boucher, Amana Johnson
April 22, self-identified LGBT*QI volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

The Dare of Memoir
     with Roger Housden
     Sunday, April 23, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:00pm

Exploring the Five Precepts as a Blueprint for Liberation
     with Shahara Godfrey
, April 23, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Calming and Insight: THe Art of Samadhi/Vipassana
     with Will Kabat-Zinn
     Saturday, April 29, volu
nteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Working with Judgments
     with Donald Rothberg
     Sunday, April 30, volunteers needed 8:30am-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, began on January 26 and is offered every week from 7:15-9:15pm. Volunteers are needed before and afterward to assist our event coordinator.

Retreat Greeting

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:


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:
     March 27
     April 1, 5, 21
     May 9, 17, 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.

Community Service

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. 

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