Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities (updated Feb 28, 2014)
Please contact Marya Mayer, Volunteer & Community Coordinator, at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or email@example.com if interested in any of the opportunities below.
Save the date, our next volunteer event will be Wednesday, April 16 from 2:00-3:30 pm in the Community Meditation Hall. We have the honor of having Donald Rothberg speak from 2:00-3:00 pm on the theme of service; following his talk we will have time for mingling and cookies. Please RSVP by April 11th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Mindful Eating, Mindful Body
with Andrea Lieberstein and Elissa Epel
Sunday, March 16
volunteers needed 8:30 am-6 pm
Wisdom of Aging (for those 55 and older)
with Wes Nisker and Dan Clurman (Feldenkrais)
Sunday, March 23, volunteers needed 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Dancing with Kwan Yin, Bodhisattva of Compassion
with Sandy Boucher
Saturday, April 5
volunteers needed 9:00 am- 5:30 pm
Buddhism and the Ecological Crisis
with David Loy
Sunday, April 13
volunteers needed 8:30am - 6 pm
Loving the Earth, Awareness, Action & Celebration
Earth Day Event with Jack Kornfield and other teachers
Sunday, April 20
volunteers needed from 8:30am - 6:15 pm
** All Earth Day volunteers earn a free daylong as a thank you for volunteering. **
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 email@example.com.
New class beginning May 8, 2014, 2:00 -4:30pm and continuing on the 2nd Thursday of every month. 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, and any age over 55.
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.
We are looking for volunteers with videography and/ or editing experience. If interested let me know your level of experience and availability.
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 currently have need for kitchen volunteers in March. Save the date-- May 16-18 we will have many kitchen volunteer shifts available. Let me know if you are interested and I will give you shift details in April, when we finalize the schedule for this special weekend.
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.
We are looking for housekeeping help March 1, March 28
Working with the Land
This is a beautiful time of year to volunteer outside. Volunteers support the land steward in nurturing the land. Prior gardening experience helpful, but not necessary. Shifts are usually between 2-4 hours long and take place anytime between 8:00am and 3:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
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.
If you would like to contribute your community service hours to Spirit Rock Meditation Center, please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
# of community service hours and deadline to complete them
Any skills or experience that may be of service
If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please contact please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Marya Mayer, at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or email@example.com.
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.