DMRC’s Lam Rim Serve & Study Program


Immerse yourself in a spiritual lifestyle and Retreat Center life by participating in our Serve and Study Program. Allow the practice of selfless service to open your heart and connect you to the divinity within yourself and within all beings.  Learn to transform service into a spiritual practice.

To qualify for the program, you will be asked to volunteer a minimum of 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Your weekends are free, giving you plenty of time to practice and enjoy the beautiful land. You will be asked to serve on maintenance, grounds-keeping, cleaning and preparing cottages for guests. Additionally, during the Lam Rim Retreat there will be light volunteering (1-2 hours/day) that won’t conflict with the Lam Rim teaching schedule, i.e. you won’t miss any teachings. We also ask that all volunteers stay at least 2 days after the program ends to help with important post-retreat clean-up.


There is no fee for this program. In addition to the opportunity to serve, participants receive simple accommodations in a shared room.  Please note that you may be assigned bunk bed accommodations.

Volunteer with us for 3 or more weeks prior to the upcoming Lam Rim: Steps to Enlightenment 10-day Retreat and there is no fee to attend the Lam Rim Retreat.

Volunteer with us for at least 2 weeks prior to the upcoming Lam Rim: Steps to Enlightenment 10-day Retreat and attend for only the cost of food — $250.

Volunteer for this event for less than 2 weeks and simply revel in the good cheer, atmosphere and benevolence of service to others. 

The number of participants we can accept is limited, so please apply early! Deadline for volunteer submissions is September 1st, 2017.

Sample DailZoeyy Schedule:

  • 6:00am – Wake up
  • 7:00-9:00am – Personal practice time (meditation and yoga)
  • 9:00-10:00am – Breakfast and prepare for daily service
  • 10:00/11:00am – 5:00pm – Daily service (Bring your own Lunch)
  • 5:30-6:30pm – Dinner
  • 7:00-10:00pm – Personal time for Study, relaxation, etc.
  • 10:00pm – Lights out


Getting Here:

Photo courtesy of Rob Haggerty Jr. Driving? See directions here.

Want to take a Bus?  Greyhound bus can take you to Willcox, AZ from a variety of cities including Tucson, AZ and Phoenix, AZ.  We can pick you up from Willcox any day between 11am and 5pm.

Flying? We provide complementary pick-up from Tucson Airport between 10am & 3pm on the following dates:

  1. Wednesday, September 13th (volunteers staying for 4 weeks)
  2. Wednesday, September 20th (volunteers staying for 3 weeks)
  3. Wednesday, September 27th (volunteers staying for 2 weeks)
  4. Wednesday, October 5th (volunteers staying for 1 week)

If your flight arrives to Tucson Airport later than 3pm, please plan to fly into Tucson on Tuesday night, so that you are ready for pick-up between 10am and 3pm on Wednesday.  DMRC guests and volunteers enjoy spending the night at La Quinta Tucson (5 minutes from the airport).  Please confirm with our Volunteer Coordinator BEFORE you book your flight:

Please plan your departure from Diamond Mountain no earlier than Monday, October 23rd .

What to Bring:

If you are accepted, we will provide you with:

  • a shared room with bunk beds
  • use of a community kitchen
  • comfortable bed and linens
  • transportation between Tucson Airport and DMRC
  • an opportunity to serve the dharma and your fellow retreaters while learning how to use service as a spiritual path!

For a listed of suggested items to bring, please CLICK HERE.

Other questions? Our  would be delighted to hear from you.

Positions are limited, so apply soon!

Can’t come to DMRC to help in person? Consider sponsoring a volunteer!