Summer Volunteer Program - Session 2

July 27 - August 25


Each year, we offer three sessions for Summer Volunteering. Volunteers are expected to arrive on the start date and stay until the departure date. Participants must be at least 18 years old prior to arrival and be authorized to work in the US (yes, even volunteers need to be authorized to work in the US, including Canadians!).

2019 Sessions:

  • Session 1: June 15 – July 14
  • Session 2: July 27 – August 25
  • Session 3: September 7 – October 5

Volunteers are assigned to one or more areas while here at Karme Choling. The greatest needs are in Facilities, Kitchen and Housekeeping.  When applying, please select at least one of these. If you have additional experience and skills, please indicate another area you may be interested in. We try to match volunteers with their interests, however that’s not always possible.

Help to uplift and maintain the buildings, shrine rooms, tents and grounds of Karmê Chöling. Experience with: painting, carpentry, construction, trail maintenance, landscaping, or plumbing is a plus.

Join the Kitchen crew and feed a houseful of hungry meditators. Experience in a professional kitchen, cooking for large groups, and/or a background in the culinary arts is helpful. We prepare meats, vegetarian and special diet meals, and use organic produce from our garden when in season.

Assist our dedicated Housekeeping crew in keeping our environment clean, uplifted and beautiful.

Work with Retreats and support practitioners in solitary cabin retreats. Activities may include maintenance of the cabins and grounds, helping bring and maintain supplies for retreatants, such as water and firewood, and protecting the retreat environment.

Work under the direction of our Master Gardener and assist with all aspects of tending our one-acre organic garden and flowerbeds! Growing season only. Prior gardening experience required.

Support marketing in their efforts to promote our programs and communicate how taking a meditation retreat at Karmê Chöling can be of benefit to society. Proficiency with computers is required. Prior experience with photography, social media, writing, design, or a propensity for marketing is a plus.

Support IT with skills in: Mac Workstation and server management; or, HTML + PHP, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery or MySQL, cross-browser compatibility issues/issue resolution, Apache Web Server configuration and a working knowledge of Linux command line usage.

Help the Programs team prepare for and maintain safe, sane, and uplifted environments for program staff and participants. Skills in organization and event coordination will help this team stay on top of things.

What we seek in volunteers:

  • Desire to experience a taste of the Shambhala Buddhist residential life
  • Commitment to serve others and support the community
  • The qualities of cheerfulness, flexibility, integrity, commitment, personal discipline/decorum and a sense of humor
  • US Citizenship or a valid work VISA

Volunteers commit to:

  1. Stay for the length of time agreed upon
  2. Fully engage in community, the community schedule, work practice and ROTA assignments
  3. Attend daily meditation practice sessions, meetings, celebrations, and community events
  4. Abide by the Karme Choling community agreements

Volunteers receive:

  • Meditation instruction
  • Two and a quarter hours of formal group sitting meditation practice each day
  • A personal Meditation Instructor
  • Free classes in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition
  • Evening dharma study time
  • A free place to sleep (dorm, tent, or shrine room depending on season & availability)
  • Free meals

Apply here:

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