Spirit RockSpirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. We provide silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a spiritual education and training institution whose purpose is to:
* Bring people to a depth of realization of the Buddha's path of liberation through direct experience.
* Provide the community of practitioners with inspiration and teachings to integrate and manifest wisdom and compassion in all aspects of their lives, for the benefit of all beings.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is intended to be a place that always looks in two directions: inward and outward.
Inwardly, we need settings where we can renew our connection to ourselves, to nature, and to life itself through silence and mindful attention. And outwardly, the modern world is in crisis on many fronts: environmental, economic, political, and psychological. Today, as always, the world needs more voices of understanding, more acts of generosity, and more peace. Through the practice of mindfulness and insight meditation (vipassana), we help individuals find peace, compassion, and wisdom, and support everyone in taking those qualities into the world.
Spirit Rock as a living mandala (a circle) whose central inspiration is the dharma, the deepest truth of life, beyond words and concepts. The outer expressions of the mandala are both reflections of the dharma and paths leading back to the dharma. The outer expressions, which are interdependent and support one another, include our programs and trainings in retreats, wise relationship, study, hermitage, service, and spiritual practices in the world.
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DescriptionSpirit Rock offers work retreatant positions to candidates who meet the criteria below. In exchange for retreat tuition, work retreatants work approximately 5 hours per day in either the kitchen or housekeeping departments. Work retreatants are still invited to offer Dana to the retreat teachers and retreat staff at the end of the retreat. Please read the following information and complete the application (linked below) if you meet the criteria. You must complete the linked application/survey form after the registration opening date (which is generally about 4 months before the retreat). We monitor these applications weekly so there is no need to follow up, we will contact you if you are selected. Please note: Our policy is one Work Retreatant position per person, per year. An exception can be made if there are no other applicants or if we have a last minute cancellation and no other applicants are on the waiting list. IMPORTANT: If you want to attend a retreat regardless of your being selected as the work retreatant or not, we advise that you go to our website and apply for the specific retreat as a regular applicant, as most of our retreats fill quickly and the retreat may be full by the time a work retreatant is chosen. If you are later chosen as the work retreatant, your payment will be refunded in full.
Work Retreatant CriteriaWe ask that all work retreatants meet the following criteria: • Candidates should have sat a retreat of at least five days at Spirit Rock. • Candidates should be fully able-bodied people of average physical stamina (must be able to lift up to 50 lbs). • Candidates must stay for the duration of their work assignment as outlined here: Work retreatants arrive at 12:30 pm on opening day for lunch, training, and to assist as needed. During the retreat, the work retreatant normally works up to 5 non consecutive hours per day including closing day (no later than 3:00 pm). Please do not apply if you will not be available to work a full shift on the closing day. For more detailed information about serving as a Housekeeping-Work Retreatant click here and for a Kitchen-Work Retreatant click here. Work retreatants may miss some periods of walking meditation. It is possible, but unlikely, that a work retreatant could miss a sitting period or a period of movement practice (yoga, qigong, etc.). Work retreatants will be able to attend all Dharma talks. If you wish to apply for one of these positions on a retreat that is currently open for registration, please click here to fill out the application. Please note that this is the only path to a work retreatant position.
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