Volunteering

The Kootenay Shambhala Centre relies on the inspiration, energy and talents of volunteers to make our offerings available in Nelson and beyond.

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

The volunteer opportunities outlined below are just some of the ways you can contribute as a volunteer, learn and share skills, and deepen your connection to our community at the same time.

To get involved, talk to us in person or email us at nelsonbuddha@gmail.com.

For more about connecting to our community see Community.

Volunteer Opportunites

Housekeeping Team
Who: Open to anyone
Responsibilities: Cleaning, doing minor repairs, and generally maintaining an attractive environment throughout the centre
Time required: Flexible

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

Way of Shambhala Course Staff
Who: Open to “Joy in Everyday Life” graduates
Responsibilities: Centre setup and cleanup, hosting, registration, and coordination
Time required: Ideally, the duration of a course

Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat Staff
Who: Open to “Shambhala Training Level III” graduates
Responsibilities: Centre setup and cleanup, hosting, registration, timekeeping, and coordination
Time required: Ideally, the duration of a weekend retreat

Public Meditation Staff
Who: Open to members
Responsibilities: Hosting, timekeeping, and leading chants—all to support participants’ meditation practice and build community
Time required: 1–3 hours monthly (or more)

Communications Team
Who: Open to members
Responsibilities: Managing the website, newsletter, social media, and other aspects of communications, marketing, and publicity
Time required: Flexible

Dorje Kasung
Who: Open to members
Responsibilities: Providing protection—of the teaching environment, teachers, teachings, and community—through awareness
Time required: Flexible

Council
Who: Open to members
Responsibilities: Attending monthly meetings to help guide, support and harmonize all community activity
Time required: 2 hours monthly (or more)