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

Upcoming Work Exchange Opportunities

(updated June 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 volunteer stewards at Spirit Rock!

Family Program Shed Organizing/ Spring Cleaning Days

Earn a free day retreat each shift for working Tuesday, June 26, and/or Wednesday June 27, 1:30 – 3:30pm on tasks listed below.  Lunch (served in our legendary dining hall) on Tuesday included if you work both days!

  • Taking out all of the bins from the family program shed (need to be able to lift 10 – 15lbs)
  • Sweeping and wiping down surfaces
  • Organizing and assembling like items together
  • Discarding everything that is dried out and expired, combine any packages to make full packs
  • Making a list of what needs to be replaced
  • Clearly labeling bins
  • Putting everything back in the shed

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 2.5 hours, 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.

Housekeeping needs volunteers on these dates: 

Sunday June 24, Wednesday June 27, Wednesday July 4, Tuesday July 10, Friday July 20, Sunday July 29, Sunday August 5, Sunday August 12, Saturday August 18, Tuesday August 28, Monday Sept. 3

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.

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 Thursdays June 28 and July 5, Wednesday July 11, Friday July 20, Sunday July 29

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.

Classes, Daylongs, and Events

Volunteers support every class, daylong and event offered by Spirit Rock. In exchange for 2-3 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:

Teaching on the Eight Verses of Mind Training
with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Sunday, June 24, volunteers needed 1pm to 5pm and earn 2 credit hours for a future half day program or toward a daylong

LGBTQI Loving-Kindness Day Retreat
with John Martin
Saturday, June 30, volunteers who identify as LGBTQI needed 9am to 5:30pm

Arousing Joy, the Great Gateway to Tranquility: A Day Retreat for People of Color
with Amana Brembry Johnson

Sunday, July 1, volunteers who identify as people of color needed 9am to 5:30pm

Longing for Home
with Shahara Godfrey
Saturday, July 7, volunteers needed 9am to 5:30pm

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

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.