Volunteering

The Victoria Shambhala Centre relies on—and deeply appreciates—the inspiration, energy and talents of many volunteers who share in the activity of making our offerings available in Victoria and beyond. This activity is part of what is known in the Shambhala community as “creating enlightened society.”

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

Outlined below are some of the ways you can contribute as a volunteer and also deepen your own practice and connection. To get involved or learn more:

Volunteer Opportunites

Centre Environment Team
Who: Open to anyone
Responsibilities: Renovations, repairs, and generally caring for the centre to provide an inviting and enriching physical environment
Time required: Flexible—see the “Work Party” listings in the Programs and Events area
Contact: Joyce Rankin | joycer39@gmail.com

Ikebana Group
Who: Open to anyone
Responsibilities: Creating and tending flower arrangements that bring both arranger and viewer into the present moment
Time required: Flexible—perhaps 2 hours monthly
Contact: Lee White | leewhite@shaw.ca

Public Meditation Staff
Who: Open to regular practitioners
Responsibilities: Timekeeping, leading chants, gatekeeping, and hosting—all intended to support participants’ meditation practice and help build community
Time required: 1 – 3 hours monthly (or more often)
Contact: Gord Shipway | shipway73@gmail.com | Click here to sign up

Way of Shambhala Course Staff
Who: Open to Joy in Everyday Life graduates
Responsibilities: Centre setup and cleanup, registration, hosting, sound system operation, and coordination
Time required: Ideally, the duration of a course
Contact: Susana Duarte | smendesduarte@gmail.com | Click here to sign up

Shambhala Training Weekend Retreat Staff
Who: Open to Shambhala Training Level III graduates
Responsibilities: Centre setup and cleanup, registration, timekeeping, gatekeeping, sound system operation, kitchen work, and coordination
Time required: Ideally, the duration of a weekend retreat
Contact: Susana Duarte | smendesduarte@gmail.com | Click here to sign up

Dorje Kasung
Who: Open to members
Responsibilities: Providing protection—of the centre environment, teachers, teachings, and community—through awareness; learn more on the Dorje Kasung page
Time required: Variable
Contact: Suzanne Sparling | ssparling@telus.net

Victoria Shambhala Council
Who: Open to members
Responsibilities: Attending monthly meetings to help guide, support and harmonize all the centre’s activities
Time required: 2 hours (or more) monthly
Contact: Hamish Tucker | 250-472-0446 | hamish_tucker@hotmail.com