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

Dedicated Volunteer Program

Dedicated Volunteer positions offer a greater level of responsibility and training than our occasional volunteer opportunities. Dedicated Volunteers work closely with a Spirit Rock staff member, offering a high level of support. There is a 6-month commitment for each of these roles. Dedicated Volunteers accrue 5 nights of residential retreat time. This is the only volunteer opportunity that accrues residential retreat benefits. Other benefits include a 30% discount at our bookstore, lunch with the staff, and invitations to retreat dharma talks. 

If you are interested in including ongoing service as part of your practice, please contact Juliana Birnbaum, Volunteer Coordinator, at (415) 488-0164 x224 or

Current Dedicated Volunteer Openings (as of March, 2018)

Retreat Operations DV

General Information

  • Retreat Operations volunteer work under the guidance of Christine Owens, Spirit Rock’s Retreat Operations Manager (ROM)
  • 4 hours per week on a day and at a time mutually agreed upon
  • The work is approximately 50% on the computer
  • The Dedicated Volunteer (DV) works in the Retreat Operations Managers’ office in the Council House

Main Tasks

  • Using Raiser’s Edge and SurveyMonkey software, set up retreat evaluations and group e-mails to all retreat participants
  • Forward pdf of evaluation results to ROM once survey closes
  • Various administrative duties as directed such as:
  • Setting up and populating worksheets
  • Internet Research
  • Setting up retreat folders
  • Addressing envelopes
  • Filing
  • Creating signage
  • Updating information
  • Other responsibilities as requested
  • Desired qualifications: Strong computer skills including Excel and Word.  Ability to juggle various responsibilities and work independently.  Experience setting up Survey Monkey evaluations.  Experience with Raiser’s Edge or comparable database experience helpful.

Volunteer Office Support

Assist with entering new volunteer applications into our database, making Excel spreadsheets for upcoming events, and logging volunteer hours.  May be asked to “float” and cover volunteer shifts in other departments, but mainly computer-based.

Desired Qualifications:  Comfortable and accurate with databases, Raiser’s Edge experience a plus.   Familiar with Microsoft Excel.  Available for a 4 hour shift several weekdays per month.

Housekeeping – Retreat Center Support 
The Housekeeping DV assists Spirit Rock Housekeepers’ work in the Residential and Meditation Halls after residential retreats.  The position is directly supervised by Sara Sacksteder, Spirit Rock Housekeeper, and reports to Facilities Manager.  Once trained, the hours are typically 10am to 2:30pm on closing days, with ½ hour for lunch from our dining hall (included).

Work includes collecting, washing and folding pink cleaning towels, trash and compost collection, and filling paper towel dispensers, in addition to cleaning in various Retreat Center areas such as the Meditation Hall Foyer, Coat Room, Lower Walking Hall, Interview Rooms and Teacher Offices.

Desired qualifications:  Ability to pay close attention to small details.  Experience and enjoyment in the process of cleaning and re-setting the physical space for the next retreat opening, or supporting the physical space during retreats. Dependable and cooperative demeanor.  Ablility to lift 30 pounds and be on feet for majority of shift.   Familiarity with retreat experience.

The DV should be available for the majority of retreat closing dates (which are often on Saturdays or Sundays) but depending on availability, the work may also occur during retreats.  The retreat calendar is available a year in advance for scheduling purposes. Job descriptions and supervision for all tasks will be provided. 

Audio Editing DV-  remote job- can be done from anywhere in the world

We're looking for a volunteer who can:

  • Edit audio talks
  • Put talks on Soundcloud
  • Potentially upload talks to our website

Dedicated Greeting/Parking Volunteer

Be an integral part of our event support team, greeting and directing parking for larger programs such as Monday night Dharma Talks, and on some weekend mornings at openings for benefits and daylongs.

Desired Qualifications:  Warm, welcoming demeanor.  Ability to communicate clearly and stand outside for several hours at a time.  Strong customer service ethic and great attitude.  Familiarity with Spirit Rock events.

Dedicated Volunteer FAQs

What is a Dedicated Volunteer?
Dedicated Volunteers make a commitment to serve approximately 4 hours per week for 6 months in support of Spirit Rock staff-  with some flexibility depending on the role and to accommodate schedules. DVs work with a specific staff member or department for the duration of service. We encourage people to volunteer for a period of time on an occasional basis before making a 6 month commitment, but will consider new volunteers with exceptional skills for these roles.

What kinds of service opportunities are available to a Dedicated Volunteer?
Dedicated Volunteers work in a variety of departments. Depending on our current needs, these include Land Care, Communications, Volunteer Department, Bookstore, Accounting/Data Entry and other possibilities.

How do I get started as a Dedicated Volunteer?
When a staff member requests a Dedicated Volunteer, the position is posted on our website (above). If you are interested in filling one of these roles, please send an e-mail with your availability to and if possible, include a cover letter and resume or additional information about what related skills you would bring to the position.

I have certain specialized skills I would like to offer to Spirit Rock, what is the best way for me to do that?
Spirit Rock is fortunate to have a pool of creative and talented community members with a variety of skills and the desire to share them. At times we have need of special skills and those requests will be posted to the Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities page on this site. However, the intention of the Dedicated Volunteer Program is to offer support to Spirit Rock staff with many of the day to day tasks that keep the organization running. Your service insures that we can continue offering the retreatants and events that yogis so greatly appreciate.

Can I use my accrued hours toward residential retreat time?
As a part of the Dedicated Volunteer Program, volunteers work approximately 4 hours per week for 6 months, depending on the role, accruing 100 hours of DV credit equal to 5 nights of residential retreat time.

Thank you for your interest in the Dedicated Volunteer Program!