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

Upcoming Work Exchange Opportunities

(updated July 21, 2017)

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Juliana Birnbaum, at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or if interested in any of the opportunities below. Volunteering allows you to work in exchange for participating in our programs, and you become part of the thousands-strong sangha of Spirit Rock stewards!

Family Retreat Support- these shifts earn you a free future daylong event

Monday, July 31
Anytime 9:00-5:00pm for a 4 hour shift
Setting up the Retreat and Art Tent.  Bringing all the supplies from the shed to the Art Tent.  Placing bins where the 4 different youth groups will be.  Putting signs all over the campus.

Wednesday, August 2
9:45 - 12:45
Support the retreat manager by warmly greeting our families, orienting them to the center, and ensuring that each family receives their information packet which consists of the retreat schedule, their name tag, room number, and yogi job information.  If you enjoy connecting with families and youth and have sat Spirit Rock retreats, we’d love to hear from you.


Volunteers needed to support our kitchen staff with meal prep or cleanup during Family Retreat and campuswide Maintenance Week (shifts longer than 2 hours include a meal with the staff)

Wednesday Aug 2: 8:30am – 12pm 
Thursday Aug 3: 10 - 2pm and 3 - 7pm
Friday Aug 4: 10 - 2pm and 3 - 7pm
Saturday Aug 5: 10 - 2pm and 3 - 7pm
Sunday Aug 6: 8am - 12pm

Tuesday Sept 5th: 8am – 10am, 11am – 2pm, or 3pm – 7pm
Wednesday Sept 6th: 8am – 10am, 11am – 2pm, or 3pm – 7pm
Thursday Sept 7th: 8am – 10am, 11am – 2pm, or 3pm – 7pm
Friday Sept 8th: 8am – 10am, 11am – 2pm, or 3pm – 7pm
Saturday Sept 9th: 8am – 10am, 11am – 2pm, or 3pm – 7pm
Sunday Sept 10th: 8am – 10am, 11am – 2pm, or 3pm – 7pm
Monday Sept 11th: 8am – 10am

Trail Maintenance Crew: work outdoors on the land!

Volunteers needed to join our trail team, serve outdoors in nature, and earn credit hours for Spirit Rock programs.
Meeting Monday afternoons- contact for details-  next date is July 17 at 1:30pm with lunch offered beforehand

Monday night Dharma talks

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.  Contact in advance if possible to let us know you're interested in volunteering on a Monday night. Plan to arrive around 6pm to be of service in exchange for attendance that evening, or we can always use help with closing up after the program.


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 provided by our kitchen). NOTE: It is important that volunteers in this area are physically fit and free from back problems. Earn a free future daylong class for each shift.

Housekeeping needs volunteers on these retreat closing dates: 

    Sunday July 30, Sunday August 6, Sunday August 23, Thursday August 24, Tuesday August 29

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 that day, 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, Juliana Birnbaum, 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:

Introduction to Insight Meditation
with Sally Armstrong
Saturday August 12, volunteers needed 8:30am to 5:30pm

Compassion and Emptiness: The Basis for a Free and Loving Relationship to Life
with Willa Thaniya Reid and Jitindriya
Saturday, August 12, volunteers needed 8:30am to 5:30pm

The Buddha's Path of Well-Being and Happiness
with Howard Cohn
Sunday, August 20, volunteers needed 8:30am to 5:30pm

The Pathless Path: The Paradox of Awakening in the Body
with Ashley Sharp
Sunday, August 27, volunteers needed 8:30am to 5:30pm




Most August weekend events still need work exchange helpers-- be in touch with our office to inquire about opportunities to help out at a specific event at (  

Ongoing Event Volunteer Needs

Monday night Dharma Talks, every week from 7:15 to 9:15- we need your help an hour before and 45 minutes after- see information at top of page

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- let us know you're coming if possible, but you may also come to help at 6:30 the day of the event.


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 a volunteer who can help in our office with administrative tasks, such as marketing research, printing and emailing flyers, printing materials for our community welcome packets, etc. Computer skills are a must. Copy editing skills are a plus! We also need help with sound editing, and this could be an offsite volunteer role. Please email your resume and availability to Kathryn Arnold, Marketing and Communications Manager:

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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