Volunteering

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The Kootenay Shambhala Centre relies on and deeply appreciates the inspiration, energy and talents of many volunteers who help make our offerings available in Nelson and beyond.

We welcome members and nonmembers alike to volunteer according to their interests. Whatever the interest, skill or background, we can probably find an outlet for it! We provide guidance and support as fitting.

Outlined below are some of the ways you can contribute as a volunteer and simultaneously deepen your own practice and connection.

Contact us to get involved.

Volunteer Opportunites

Centre Environment Team
Who: Open to anyone
Responsibilities: Renovations, repairs, and generally caring for the centre to provide an inviting and enriching physical environment
Time required: Flexible
Contact: [Name] | [Phone] | [Email and link]

Ikebana Team
Who: Open to anyone
Responsibilities: Creating and tending flower arrangements that bring both arranger and viewer into the present moment
Time required: Flexible—perhaps 2 hours monthly
Contact: [Name] | [Phone] | [Email and link]

Public Meditation Staff
Who: Open to regular practitioners
Responsibilities: Timekeeping, leading chants, and hosting—all intended to support participants’ meditation practice and help build community
Time required: 1 – 3 hours monthly (or more often)
Contact: [Name] | [Phone] | [Email and link]

Way of Shambhala Course Staff
Who: Open to “Joy in Everyday Life” graduates
Responsibilities: Centre setup and cleanup, registration, hosting, digital equipment operation, and coordination
Time required: Ideally, the duration of a course
Contact: [Name] | [Phone] | [Email and link]

Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat Staff
Who: Open to “Shambhala Training Level III” graduates
Responsibilities: Centre setup and cleanup, registration, timekeeping, gatekeeping, digital equipment operation, kitchen work, and coordination
Time required: Ideally, the duration of a weekend retreat
Contact: [Name] | [Phone] | [Email and link]

Dorje Kasung
Who: Open to members
Responsibilities: Providing protection—of the teaching environment, teachers, teachings and community—through awareness
Time required: Variable
Contact: [Name] | [Phone] | [Email and link]

Kootenay Shambhala Council
Who: Open to members
Responsibilities: Attending monthly meetings to help guide, support and harmonize all community activity
Time required: 2 hours (or more) monthly
Contact: [Name] | [Phone] | [Email and link]