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

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

(updated April 21, 2017)

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Juliana Birnbaum, at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or if interested in any of the opportunities below.

Volunteers, we would love your support in the kitchen washing dishes and pots Thursday, May 18 to Sunday, May 21.  Earn a free future daylong for each shift:
Thursday, May 18 11am-3pm 3 volunteers needed
Friday, May 19 1-4 pm or 4-7 pm or 5-8 pm 3 volunteers needed each shift
Saturday, May 20 8-10 am, 11-2 pm, 12-2 pm, 4-7 pm, 5-8 pm 2-4 volunteers needed each shift
Sunday, May 21 8-10 am, 11-2 pm, 12:30-2:30 pm 2-5 volunteers needed each shift

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:

Releasing Trauma's Hold on our Meditation
with Sakti Rose
5 Mondays, May 1 - 29, course runs 10am-12pm, volunteers needed 1 hour before and 35 minutes after class

Spring Path of Parenting Series
with Grace Fisher
5 Wednesdays, May 3 - 31, class runs 6 - 8pm, volunteers needed 30 minutes before and after event (1 hour before on 5/3)

Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature
with Mark Coleman
Friday May 5, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Emptiness: A Practical Introduction for Meditators
with Guy Armstrong
Saturday May 6, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Meeting Our Global Family: A Travel Pilgrimage in Story and Song
with Betsy Rose, volunteers needed 1 hour before and after the event
Sunday, May 7, 9:30am- 12:30pm (families with children grades 1 - 5, volunteer with your children)
Sunday May 7, 1:30pm-4:30pm (families with children grades 6 - 12, volunteer with your children)

Mindfulness and Technology
with Anushka Fernandopulle
Friday May 12, volunteers needed 8:30am-5pm

Natural Wisdom and Compassion
with Alexis Santos
Saturday May 13, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Psychotherapy and the Art of Deep Listening
with Grace Fisher
Sunday May 14, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Tao and the Dharma: Mindfulness, Meditation and Qigong
with West Nisker and Franz Moeckl
Sunday May 14, volunteers needed 8:30am-5pm

Courage:A Daylong Workshop for Men
with James Baraz and Daniel Ellenberg
Saturday May 20, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Cultivating Clarity through Living the Questions
with Lisa Ernst
Saturday May 20, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Heart Practices as we Age
with Anna Douglas
Sunday May 21, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Releasing Trauma Using Loving-Kindness and Compassion
with Pawan Bareja
Sunday May 21, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Entering the Heart of Practice
with Ayya Anandabodhi, Ayya Santacitta, Isabelita Papa
Saturday May 27, volunteers needed 8:00am-6:00pm (Dana/by Donation Day, volunteers earn credit for future daylong)

Radical Integrity
with Sylvia Boorstein and Grace Fisher
Sunday May 28, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm

Finging Refuge and the Wise Heart in Challenging Times
with Mark Coleman
Friday June 2, 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:
    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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