How can I help at the Denver Center?

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver relies on and greatly appreciates the inspiration, energy, and talents of many volunteers who share in making our offerings available in Denver and beyond. These contributions are part of what is known in the Shambhala community as “creating enlightened society.”

The center building is closed during January 2022. In-person group practice will not be offered for the time being, while we monitor the situation with Omicron.

It may be possible to schedule small, in person gatherings for practice or study. To inquire, please email [email protected] with SUBJECT: SMCD Access.

Sunday Mornings: Group Meditation, Sadhana practices and more…

January 2022: click here

Sign up instructions: We are temporarily using Google for volunteer sign ups. When you click on the link above, look at the top of the document. Select “Open with” and then “Google Sheets.” You will then be able to add, revise or remove your information.

Sunday Morning Teams: Join a team to staff a Sunday morning group meditation session once a month. This can be in person at the Denver Center or as part of the online Zoom team. We also welcome rovers. Please email your interests and availability to [email protected] with SUBJECT: Sunday Team. We’ll be in touch!

Cleaning the Denver Center

On-site caring for our space while the building is closed

Monthly dust, vacuum, etc.:  volunteer sign sheet will be available soon

Please help us spruce up our practice and community spaces. Cleaning will mainly involve dusting and vacuuming once a month (an hour or less of your time). Gloves, masks and disinfecting wipes are provided at the Center. You may schedule an individual time to have building access by contacting us at [email protected].


Our normal staffing is suspended until further notice.

If you would like to volunteer for any of the following areas, please contact the Administrator at [email protected] We particularly need help with the following:

  • Head Housekeeper
  • Kitchen Coordinator
  • Audio Visual
  • Special Events Support
  • Grounds Upkeep
  • Facilities Upkeep
  • Host

We welcome members and non-members alike to volunteer according to their interests. This includes staffing meditation practice, weekly classes, weekend retreats, and ongoing support and leadership positions. Outlined below are some of the ways you can contribute as a volunteer and also deepen your practice and connection. Please feel free to contact us if they have a skill to offer that they don’t see listed.

Help with SMCD Operations and Maintenance
Lend your hand with housekeeping in our kitchen, sacred & community space. Assist our audio-visual set-up and management. Support special events with set-up & takedown. Keep our outside space clean and maintained. Provide facilities upkeep and general building maintenance. Share Shambhala by hosting a public meditation or helping with Open Houses and community events.

Help with Community Celebrations and Programs
Major seasonal celebrations include Shambhala Day, Midsummer’s Day, Harvest of Peace, Children’s Day and more. Community programs include Social Meditation, Shambhala Kids, and Community Enrichment Days.

Help with Contemplative Arts
Contemplative Art includes a variety of marvelous art forms such as Kalapa Ikebana, Kyudo Archery, Miksang photography, Maitri Five Wisdom practice, contemplative writing practice, and many other activities that integrate art and culture with everyday life.

Help with Practice and Education Staffing
Events include meditation practice supported by authorized staff who have completed required training. Umdzes serve as the timekeeper for public meditation, community celebrations, and special programs. Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors and Shambhala Guides lead Open House orientation and group meditation instruction.

Way of Shambhala staffing is a great way to review and manifest the practice and teachings. Graduates of Shambhala Training Level III are invited to aide any Way of Shambhala program that they have already attended. Once aides have some experience with staffing, they may begin to coordinate programs if they wish.

Help with Dorje Kasung
Dorje Kasung are trained in protecting the space in which practitioners are able to hear and practice the teachings. The protection extends to the teacher who presents the teachings and the community.

To see a listing of all current volunteer opportunities, please click here and bookmark the page for easy reference.