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

Upcoming Work Exchange Opportunities

(updated June 21, 2017)

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

Event volunteer goddesses: Help out at

Buddhist Goddess: Embodying the Divine Feminine Within
with Erin Selover
Friday June 30, Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2, work trade in exchange for the non-residential retreat all 3 days 8:30am to 5:30pm

Trail Maintenance Crew: work outdoors on the land!

Volunteers needed to join our trail team, serve outdoors in nature, and earn credit hours for Spirit Rock programs.
Meeting next on Monday, June 26 at 1:30pm-  weather expected to be temperate- contact Juliana (above) for details

Retreat Greeting

Friendly faces needed to welcome our incoming yogis as they arrive for retreat 2:45-5:30 pm on days retreats open. Volunteers assist our caretakers in directing retreatants where to park and welcoming them to the center.

Help needed on the welcoming team on Wednesday 7/5, Friday 7/14, and Monday 7/24

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. Plan to arrive at 6pm to be of service in exchange for attendance at that night's event.


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 retreat closing dates:

    Sunday June 25
Sunday July 2, Friday July 14, Sunday July 23, Sunday July 30
    Sunday August 6, Sunday August 23, Thursday August 24, Tuesday August 29

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 Special Events). You can explore programs on our website or print newsletter and contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Juliana Birnbaum, to volunteer for any non-residential program.

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:

Blue Mind: How Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier and More Connected
with Wallace J. Nichols and Grace Fisher
Saturday July 1, volunteers needed 8:15am - 5:30pm

Mindfulness of the Body: Grounding in Bodily Awareness
with Ajahn Karunadhammo
Sunday July 2, volunteers needed 8:00am - 6:00pm, (Dana/by Donation day, volunteers attend free and earn a free future daylong)

Mindful Parenting on the Frontier of Technology and Youth
with Shauna Shapiro and Dom Sagolla
Saturday July 8, volunteers needed 8:30am to 5:30pm

Well Nourished: Mindful Practices for Heart, Mind and Body
with Andrea Lieberstein
Sunday July 9, volunteers needed 8:30 to 6:00pm

Opening the Heart, Freeing the Mind
with Mark Coleman
Friday July 14, volunteers needed 8:30am to 5:30pm

No-Self in the Brain: Insights from Neuroscience
with Rick Hanson
Saturday July 15, volunteers needed 8:15am to 5:30pm

Exploring the Dharma through Poetry
with Phillip Moffitt
Sunday July 16, volunteers needed 8:30am to 5:30pm

A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein and Michelle Latvala, Executive Director of Spirit Rock
a benefit for Spirit Rock's scholarship fund, volunteers pay $12.50
Friday July 21, volunteers needed for setup at 5:30 or breakdown at 9pm

Most July and August weekend events still need work exchange helpers-- be in touch with our office to inquire about opportunities to help out at a specific event at (  

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- let us know you're coming if possible, but you may also come to help at 6:30 the day of the event.


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.


This department is seeking a volunteer who can help in our office with administrative tasks, such as marketing research, printing and emailing flyers, printing materials for our community welcome packets, etc. Computer skills are a must. Copy editing skills are a plus! We also need help with sound editing, and this could be an offsite volunteer role. Please email your resume and availability to Kathryn Arnold, Marketing and Communications Manager:

Land Care and Facilities Maintenance

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

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, visit the Dedicated Volunteer Program page on this website.

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. 

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