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Volunteering – Working Guests
There are two types of Working Guests at IMS. Some are recruited to provide operational support during certain annual courses – specifically the Family, Teen and Staff Retreats – more details here.
Others come for stays typically lasting one month. In the warm weather, they help care for IMS’s grounds. At other times, they assist with housekeeping and maintenance tasks.
Month-long Working Guests
The month-long Working Guest positions are designed for those who want to volunteer at IMS and integrate practice with daily life, all within a supportive and friendly environment. Applicants must have an established meditation practice and retreat experience at IMS of at least two week-long retreats.
Working Guest volunteers work alongside our Facilities or Kitchen staff in exchange for meals, housing, and access to the retreat environment and staff community. There are also regular interviews about meditation with our Resident Teacher(s). Work is approximately 30 hours per week, with two days off each week.
Month-long Working Guest tasks are at times strenuous and physically demanding, so it is essential that applicants be fit and in good health.
Facilities duties: In the warmer weather, tasks include gardening, lawn and trail maintenance, and tree husbandry. Help may also be needed indoors on general maintenance or housekeeping projects, such as painting or window washing. Work during the winter months includes snow removal and indoor duties such as deep cleaning and laundry. Landscaping and maintenance experience is preferred but not required.
Kitchen duties: Tasks include food preparation, cleaning and potwashing. The work involves routinely lifting up to 50 pounds, pushing, pulling, and bending, and standing for long periods.
Facilities openings in 2014
Kitchen openings in 2014
If you are interested in applying, please use one of these forms:
Working Guest Application Form (Interactive PDF; requires Adobe Reader XI)
For questions regarding this program, please contact Anna Ossenfort at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-355-4378 ext. 225.
Thank you for your interest in serving IMS!