Tips to ensure expectations are aligned
Are volunteer spots free?
In exchange for their work, we cover much of the program cost by offering Crete volunteers free program tuition. Accommodations must still be purchased by the volunteer, and meals are not included in any registration option for this event.
Can volunteers still participate in the program?
We aim to schedule working shifts in a way so that volunteers can participate in the majority of the program, so that they too can experience the powerful practice of Huichol shamanism.
What are the accommodations?
Volunteers and participants stay at a number of “Tavernas,” or small family-owned hotels. Each Taverna has beautiful rooms near the coast.
Are the volunteer duties the same across the Retreat and Intensive?
Yes. Our Crete Intensive is immediately following the retreat, and in addition to the duties listed above, we also ask volunteers to stay after the program ends to help with breakdown of the retreat.
When do we review applications?
In general, we review applications from September through February for this event. We receive a high volume of applications, so please bear with us as we take the time to review each one carefully.
How long should volunteers except to work?
Volunteers can expect to work 1-2 hours per day in the afternoons.
What are the primary volunteer responsibilities?
The main volunteer duties are focused on-property projects at our Crete Center:
- Garden design and installation
- Cleaning of buildings
- Improving outdoor gathering spaces
- Transporting supplies
- Gathering firewood
What qualities do we look for in our volunteers?
Each year, we assemble an amazing group of volunteers. We look for the following qualities in any applicants:
- Open-minded and compassionate
- Team-playing attitude
- Hard-working and shows up ready to go!
- Comfortable with manual labor and working outside
- Interest in Huichol shamanism (although no experience is necessary)