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Upcoming Work Exchange Opportunities

Updated March 2021: Volunteering opportunities at Spirit Rock are minimal during our campus closure due to the pandemic. We will update the information here as we have it; there is currently no date set for the reopening of our campus. See below for the types of volunteer shifts that we typically have available. If you are interested in potentially doing an outdoor shift working on land or trails, or virtual volunteering with Spirit Rock, please inquire at volunteering@spiritrock.org

Seeing sangha/ spiritual community? During stay-at-home orders due to the current pandemic, many of our Kalyana Mitta groups as well as our Spirit Rock programs are in an online format.  Please join in for spiritual community and dharma -- see these pages for some online resources- 



Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Juliana, at (415) 488-0164 x 224 or volunteering@spiritrock.org 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 volunteer stewards at Spirit Rock!

Retreat Greeting

Help welcome incoming retreatants at our welcome kiosk, greeting and answering questions at the gate, dining hall and Council House.  Retreat experience helpful but not essential.  Timing is 2:50 – 5:50 and earns a free future daylong for each shift.

Housekeeping and Hospitality Crew

Special incentive for our housekeeping volunteers--  earn 4 hours (equaling a free daylong) for your first 2.5 worked on retreat closing days!  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.

Land and Trail Care Crew

Work outdoors on the landscaping crew, clearing and maintaining the plants and trees on our campus and network of hiking paths. Volunteers needed to join our land and trail team, serve out in nature, and earn credit hours for Spirit Rock programs. Meeting most Mondays at 1:30 (Trails) and Tuesdays at 10am (Landscaping), please 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.

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 volunteering@spiritrock.org 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 6pm to be of service in exchange for attendance that evening (5:45 on Jack Kornfield evenings) or check in at 9:15 to help with closing up after the program.

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.

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.

Ongoing Event Volunteer Needs

Monday night Dharma Talks, every week from 7:15 to 9:15- we need your help before, starting at 6pm, 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 volunteering@spiritrock.org to let us know you're coming if possible, or just come.


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.  Then contact the Volunteer Office to verify that we can find appropriate shifts and enough hours for you by your deadline.


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