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

Upcoming Work Exchange Opportunities

(updated April 20, 2018)

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Juliana, at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or if interested in any of the opportunities below. Volunteering allows you to help out in exchange for free or reduced tuition in our programs, and you become part of the thousands-strong sangha of Spirit Rock stewards!

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 on current openings, visit the Dedicated Volunteer Program page here.

Housekeeping and Hospitality Crew

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 dates: 

Wednesday April 18, Thursday April 26, Friday May 4, Saturday May 12, Sunday May 20, Monday May 28

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 in advance if possible to let us know you're interested in volunteering on a Monday night, but feel free to come help out in any case. Plan to arrive at 6:15 pm to be of service in exchange for attendance that evening, or check in at 9:15 to help with closing up after the program.

Our next evening with Jack Kornfield is on June 11, helpers needed as early as 5:45 that day and/or after the dharma talk.

Retreat Greeting
Help welcome incoming retreatants and direct them to check in.   You'll be one of the first friendly faces they see at Spirit Rock, greeting and answering questions either at the gate, dining hall or Council House.  Retreat experience helpful but not essential for all roles.  Timing is 2:50 – 5:50 and earns a free future daylong for each shift.

Greeters needed Sunday May 13, Tuesday May 29, Mondays June 4 and 11, and Wednesday June 20

Land and Trail Care Crew
rk outdoors on the land clearing and maintaining our network of hiking paths. Volunteers needed to join our trail team, serve out in nature, and earn credit hours for Spirit Rock programs. Meeting most Mondays at 1:30 and Wednesdays at 10am, contact the volunteer office for details.   A four hour shift includes lunch from our legendary vegetarian dining hall and earns you a free future day retreat.

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

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 Non-Residential Retreats). You can explore programs on our website or print newsletter and contact our Volunteer office to offer your help in exchange for any non-residential program. Volunteers are scheduled 4 - 6 weeks in advance of a program, so this is the ideal time to request a work trade space.

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:

The Wisdom of Aging: Mindfulness Meditation and the Feldenkrais Method
with Wes Nisker and Dan Clurman
Saturday, April 21, volunteers needed 9am to 5:30pm

Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From the Inside Out
with Ruth King
Saturday, April 28, volunteers needed 9am to 5:30pm

Accomplishing More by Doing Less
with Marc Lesser
Sunday, April 29, volunteers needed 9am to 5:30pm

Mindfulness Meditation
with Jack Kornfield
Sunday, May 20, volunteers needed 8:15am to 6pm

Many of our May day retreats still need event volunteers- be in touch to inquire if you'd like to serve at a particular program

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- email to let us know you're coming if possible.


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.

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.