The Shambhala Center of Washington DC is run by volunteers. We rely on the inspiration, energy, and talents of many people who share in the work of making Shambhala available in the DC Metro area and beyond. This activity is part of “creating enlightened society.”

Our volunteers make it possible for the Washington DC Shambhala Center to flourish. Volunteering is an important aspect of membership required of all members, as well as an opportunity to practice mindfulness and manifest the principles of enlightened society. Volunteering is also a way to express appreciation to our lineage and to those who have gone before us.

You don’t have to be a member to volunteer. There are opportunities for newcomers as well as longtime students to get involved.

Outlined below are some of the ways you can participate in this work and simultaneously deepen your own connection and path. Everyone is enriched when you share what you have to offer.  Where ever you may be inspired – make contact to get more details.  Many opportunities are just a few hours a month!

Coordinator and Aides – here’s a quick link to our Programs and Events sign-up sheet!

Volunteer Opportunities

Without Prerequisites (although some brief training may be necessary)


Shambhala Sun Day Helper  Contact: Linda
Aide – help out with set-up and clean-up

Cleaning ROTA  Contact: Linda
Cleaning – dusting, wiping, washing around the Center

Blog Manager  Contact: Amanda
Reach out to sangha members, event participants, teachers, guest speakers, etc, to request blog posts for Center website

Shopping Volunteer  Contact: Jayne
Shop for the food needed for weekend programs (breakfast, lunch, and tea)

Greeter for Public Sitting  Contact: Claudia
Greet practitioners at door

With Prerequisites (and training)

Coordinator – Weekend Programs
  Contact: Tami
(completed Level III, aiding experience, previously completed program)
Coordinator for all aspects of program – Coordinator guidebook available

Aides – Weekend Programs  Contact: Tami
(completed Level III)
Support coordinator, and participants through the program

Coordinator – Weeknight Classes  Contact: Tami
(completed Joy in Everyday Life, previously completed program)
Coordinator all aspects of program – Coordinator guidebook available

Aides – Weeknight Classes  Contact: Tami
(completed Joy in Everyday Life)
Support coordinator, and participants through the program

Childcare Volunteer  Contact: Eric or Sharon
(application, background check, and training)
Provide childcare and/or lead mindfulness activities during programs and community events and the Children’s program

Full Moon Gathering Volunteers  Contact: Sharon
(Center Member)
Coordinate or Aide – set up, clean up, and meal preparation

Open House Coordinator  Contact: Andreas
(past experience with coordinating)
Set up tea and reception, provide support to teacher, introduce talk and general announcements, clean up

Timekeeper for Public Sitting  Contact: Claudia
(Timekeeper training with Practice and Education)
Be the timekeeper!


More coming soon!