Upcoming Work Exchange Opportunities
(updated May 18, 2017)
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Juliana Birnbaum, at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or email@example.com if interested in any of the opportunities below. Volunteering allows you to attend programs for free, and you become part of the thousands-strong sangha of Spirit Rock stewards!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in advance if possible to let us know you're interested in volunteering on a Monday night. Plan to arrive at 6pm to be of service in exchange for attendance at that night's event.
We would love your support in the kitchen for our special Spirit Rock benefit retreat weekend. Earn a free future daylong for each shift:
Saturday, May 20 8-10am, 11-2pm, 12 - 2pm, 5-8pm dish/pot washing
Sunday, May 21 8-10am dishwashing
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 May 21, Monday May 29
Sundays June 4, 11, 18, 25
Sunday July 2, Friday July 14, Sunday July 23, 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:
Courage:A Daylong Workshop for Men
with James Baraz and Daniel Ellenberg
Saturday May 20, volunteers needed 8:30am-5:30pm
Psychedelics and the Buddhist Path (benefit event, volunteers pay $35)
Allan Badiner, Alex and Allyson Grey
Saturday May 20, volunteers needed 12:15pm-5:45pm and Friday May 19 for setup 2:30 - 4:30
Heart Practices as we Age
with Anna Douglas
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)
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
Renew and Revitalize: Sustaining Yourself as a Care Provider
with Phillip Moffitt
Saturday June 3, volunteers needed 8:30am - 5:30pm (Dana/by Donation day, volunteers attend free and earn a free future daylong)
Family Practice Day
with Kate Munding
Sunday June 4, volunteer with your family 9:30am - 4pm
About Nothing: Buddhist and Jewish Conceptions of Ultimate Truth
with Norman Fischer & Daniel Matt
Saturday June 10, volunteers needed 8:30am - 5:30pm
Relationship as Spiritual Practice
Debra Chamberlin-Taylor & George Taylor
Sunday June 11, volunteers needed 8:30am - 5:30pm
with Jack Kornfield
Saturday June 17, volunteers needed 7:45am - 6pm AND 2:30 - 4:30pm June 16 for setup
Life Beyond 60
with Anna Douglas
5 Mondays (June 19 - July 31, no class 7/3), volunteers needed 8:30am - 1:30pm
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.
If you see an upcoming event that's not on our list of immediate needs that you're interested in helping at, email to find out if we need volunteers: email@example.com
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.
Help needed on the welcoming team on Mondays- 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, and Wednesday 7/5, Friday 7/14, and Monday 7/24
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: KathrynA@spiritrock.org.
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.