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Are volunteer spots free?
Yes. In exchange for their work, we cover all program costs by offering volunteers free program tuition, a free tenting spot, and free meals.
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?
We offer a free camping spot on the retreat grounds. Camping together creates a strong sense of community – and you can be among the first to choose your spot!
Are the volunteer duties the same across the Retreat and Intensive?
Yes. Our Mt. Shasta 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 November through September. 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 3-4 hours, with a total of two shifts per day. These shifts are typically in the mornings after breakfast, afternoons before/after lunch, and evenings after dinner.
What are the primary volunteer responsibilities?
The main volunteer duties are focused in the kitchen and communal areas. Basic duties include:
- Meal clean up (scrubbing pots/pans, breaking down the buffet)
- Meal prep (washing and chopping vegetables)
- Cleaning dining tables
- Taking out the trash
- Cleaning and tidying communal spaces
- Chopping and hauling firewood
We also ask for help setting up our outdoor event spaces before the Retreat begins, and/or breaking down at the end of the Intensive (for those who join).
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 hot days and working in the sun
- Interest in Huichol shamanism (although no experience is necessary)