Volunteer Application

Volunteers are welcome to join our beautiful land, community and work efforts to support our retreat center. You will work for approximately 30 hours per week while staying with us. Arrival and Departure days are usually Sundays. You can apply to stay for 2 weeks or the entire summer season. For any questions please email bstraub@shambhalamountain.org.

  • General Information

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Please add three departments that you feel most qualified in: Tent Season, Land Crew, Garden, Housekeeping, Guest Services, Programs, Dish Volunteer, Facilities, Gift Store, Development & Fundraising, Stupa, IT, AV, Practice and Education
  • Volunteers must be authorized to work in the United States. However, if you are not authorized to work in the United States, you may still be able to join us as a guest this summer at a steeply discounted rate. Please note here if you are interested in this option and we will give you more details.
  • Please indicate your intended arrival and departure dates (no earlier than April 25 and no later than September 30):
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Skills and Experience

  • Please describe your relationship to SMC, if any. Please include whether you have been employed by or volunteered at SMC in the past, whether you have attended retreats at here, or whether you have otherwise spent time on the land. When was that and how long did you stay?
  • Please describe any work experience or training that can support the departments that you apply for.
  • Some tasks require the ability to carry objects, clean heavy pots, walk across rugged distances or perform work outdoors etc. Do you foresee any physical challenges in participating with some of the volunteer tasks?
  • Often there are times when other departments and teams need help. Do you understand that part of your role will be to help out as needed?
  • In addition to performing volunteer duties, you and all community members will be assigned to dish shifts each week. Do you understand that this is a part of your role as volunteer?
  • Do you understand that your volunteer position may shift if we determine that another role may be a better fit?
  • Please specify i.e. childcare provider, teacher, massage therapist, auto mechanic, CPR
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, txt.
  • Summer Living at SMC

    SMC offers a unique summer opportunity for a different lifestyle, team working environment, communal experience and personal growth. Below you find some more information about the practical realities of volunteering at SMC.
  • We live, eat and work in close proximity to our guests that join us at SMC. Since we offer a mindful and supportive retreat environment we ask staff and volunteers to use dignified speech and presentable attire, and generally being helpful and customer friendly. What does customer service mean to you?
  • Summer Volunteers will live in gender specific dorms or large shared tents depending on the season. While you may have the tent for yourself, please also plan on having a tent mate. The volunteer campground is located approx. 15 minutes walk across uneven terrain. Volunteers bring their own bedding.
  • We have gender specific bathhouses with divided showers. You will share the bathhouse with other community members and volunteers. We also have a gender neutral option for showering.
  • You will get three prepared meals per day, coffee, tea, fruit, and snacks. Meat is offered at some meals. Each meal will contain vegetarian, vegan, and wheat-free options. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any other dietary needs.
  • We live in remote wilderness, we care about and protect this beautiful landscape. Volunteering here requires an ability to navigate at high altitude, with exposure to weather and walking across uneven terrain.
  • In order to respect and protect the comfort of all volunteers the quiet hours start at 9pm. Also the volunteer campground is a drug-free zone with only mindful use of alcohol permitted. Do you agree to observe our campground policy?
  • Please review the previous sections about living at SMC and let us know your questions, concerns or potential challenges. We are happy to clarify information and finding solutions that work for you.
  • Personal Wellbeing and Community Living

  • Why are you interested in volunteering at Shambhala Mountain Center?
  • Please describe your contemplative practice, training or experience. Have you meditated before?
  • We do not live in a monastic setting. On weekends or after work is done you may structure your time independently eg. go hike, attend optional community offerings, practice sessions or take personal space. It is also helpful to have a car if you like to explore the river and canyon, or drive to town. Other volunteers may be able to give you a ride. How does this independent setting work for you?
  • What challenges do you foresee living in a community? What challenges could you encounter when living in a remote mountain environment?
  • Please review our Code of Ethics and Values.

  • Did you read our Code of Ethics and Values? Do you agree to observe our Code of Ethics?