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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities (updated August 26, 2014)

Please contact Marya Mayer, Volunteer & Community Coordinator, at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or volunteering@spiritrock.org if interested in any of the opportunities below.  Please join us for our next volunteer get together on Wednesday, September 24th from 6:30-8 pm in the community meditation hall.  Sein Feit will lead an evening of Pali chanting.  Please RSVP to Marya in advance.  Thank you!

We are looking for volunteer help during Maintenance Week, September 1st-7th.  If you are able to assist our housekeepers with cleaning or projects any day this week please let me know and I can give you more details. 

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, Work Exchange 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, Marya Mayer, to volunteer for any non-residential program.  Please read Spirit Rock's work exchange policy.

For most programs, day-of event volunteers arrive an hour early to help with program room set up, tidying the hall, registration, collecting money, directing parking for larger programs, and other event needs.  Volunteers offer assistance during part of lunch or at breaks and then help with breakdown for about an hour following the program. To read more about event volunteering click here.

We are most in need of volunteers for the programs listed below.  This is not a comprehensive list. 

All volunteer spaces for Byron Katie's Benefit on August 30th are full.  Thank you.

Cultivating Compassion Training
with Robert Cusick & Nikki Mirghafori
Class Series, 8 Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 23, volunteers needed 6pm-10pm and pay a reduced fee of $125 to attend.

Writing as a Path to Awakening
with Albert Flynn DeSilver
Saturday, September 6, volunteers needed 9am-6 pm

Chanting & Meditation: Entering the Still and Boundless Heart
with Jai Uttal & Debra Chamberlin-Taylor
Sunday, September 14, event runs 7-9:30 pm (volunteers needed 90 min. before and after the event)

Investigating Reality: Awareness, Inquiry and Waking Up
with Eugene Cash
Saturday, September 20, volunteers needed 9am-6 pm

Grief Ritual
with Sobonfu Some & Carol Cano
Saturday, Sept. 21, volunters needed 8:15am-6:15 pm, volunteers pay a reduced fee of $25 to volunteer for this benefit

Buddha's Path to Freedom
1st Foundation of Mindfulness
with Sally Armstrong
Saturday, September 27, volunteers needed 8:30am-6 pm

Hardwiring Happiness
with Rick Hanson
Saturday, September 27, evening event 7-9 pm, volunteers needed before and after the event

Introduction to Insight Meditation
with Dana DePalma
Sunday, September 28, volunteers needed 8:30am-6 pm

Ongoing Event Volunteer Needs

Dharma & Recovery group meets 2nd Friday of the month from 7:30-9:30 pm  volunteers are needed 40 minutes before and after to assist our event coordinator. 

Our Monday night talk 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 a dharma talk every Monday from 7:15-9:15 pm.  To volunteer to support the event by offering to help set up, greet people as they arrive, direct parking, and help with clean up, contact Sean Fargo at seanf@spiritrock.org. 

New class for people over 55 on the 2nd Thursday of every month 2:00-4:30 pm This drop in group will be taught by Anna Douglas, other Spirit Rock teachers, as well as special guests.  Join your peers in re-inventing what it means to be old! How can the teachings and practices of Dharma illuminate and enliven our potential for living our elder years with wisdom and compassion? We will use the tools of meditation and contemplative inquiry to explore our actual experience of aging - which may be different from the culture's prevailing notions.  We will occasionally invite teachers of writing, singing, or movement to encourage creative insights. For all levels of practice experience.


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.

Volunteer in our vegetarian kitchen - more info

Due to the physicality of kitchen work, we ask that kitchen volunteers be able to lift, carry, push or pull objects up to 30 pounds, and to work in a standing position for up to 4 hours.

Monday night dinner prep

Work alongside Chef Trudy and five other volunteers to prepare the gourmet meals served for our Monday Night Dinner.  Volunteers chop veggies and wash pots and pans.

When Monday night dinners are offered to the public, 6 volunteers are needed to help with dinner.  We offer two shifts:  2:00-6:00 pm or 2:30-7:00 pm.  Kitchen volunteers are offered the meal and invited to attend the Monday Night Talk from 7:15-9:15 pm.  You also earn a free daylong for each 4 hour shift.

We have 2 openings on Monday, September 1 (Labor Day)  2:00-6 pm or 2:30-7 pm 

Retreat Support

We are looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen from 9:00am-12:00pm on retreat closing dates.  Thank you!

Other Kitchen Shifts

     Monday, Sept 1 9am-noon
     Sunday, Sept 21 9am-noon
     Sunday, Sept 28 9am-noon


Please sign up to offer your time and services to assist in the creation of a welcoming space for yogis on retreat. Your contribution helps set the tone and initial impressions for retreatants.  

Housekeeping needs your volunteer support.  The time frame we need covered is between 9am – 3pm on 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.  Please email your availability along with your name and contact info.

NOTE: It is important that volunteers in this area are physically fit and free from back problems.

Currently looking for housekeeping volunteers anytime from 9:30am-3:30 pm on:

Sunday, September 1 (Labor Day)
Sunday, September 14
Sunday, September 21

Sunday, September 28

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 about our Dedicated Volunteer program, click here.

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 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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