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Volunteer | The merit of service

In the touching the earth mudra, the fingers of the Buddha in Milarepa Hall, Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, represent Buddha's commitment to liberation

The generous service given by our many volunteers is essential to the operations of the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing.

Volunteers choose to work with us for many reasons: To be part of our community. To support our teachers and the teachings. To give in the true spirit of dana. Volunteers may work fulltime, part time, during a retreat or to help during part of an event. You may work on site or virtually. You may offer a professional skill or manual labor. In volunteering, you bring your practice out of the meditation hall and into the world. Please join us.


Full-Time Volunteers receive free room and board in exchange for 8 hours of work a day. Volunteers are expected to take part in the Center's morning salutation and meditation program, and may sometimes also attend teachings for no charge, schedule permitting. Volunteers must be physically capable and willing to do manual labor; typical jobs include housekeeping, working on the grounds, cooking, and assisting with programs. Full-time Volunteers are encouraged to stay for one month, and must commit to a minimum stay of two weeks.


During our retreats, we rely heavily on volunteers. To ensure a full retreat experience, retreatants may not simultaneously be full time volunteers.* However, after serving as a full-time volunteer at one retreat, you are eligible to attend a similar retreat within the next year at 100% discount off the commuter price, paying only the discounted room costs should you require housing.


*Of course, there are some small jobs which retreatants can help with for merit.


  • Head Cook
  • Kitchen work
  • Gardening/Grounds-keeping
  • Maintenance
  • Carpentry/Construction
  • Housekeeping
  • Hospitality
  • Store
  • Library
  • Administration
  • Data Entry
  • Outreach/Sales
  • Website Maintenance
  • Graphic Design
  • Audio-Visual

Please contact us to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.


  • Enthusiastic, resilient and thoughtful demeanor
  • Physical, mental and emotional stability
  • The desire and ability to fulfill your commitment
  • The discipline to commit to a schedule or process, including timeliness
  • Strong aspiration and openness to learn
  • An established meditation practice or strong intention to establish one
  • The ability to take direction
  • Flexibility
  • Ease working and living in close proximity to others
  • A friendly helpful manner towards guests, volunteers, staff and vendors
  • A commitment to our values and code of conduct
  • 18 years or older
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