DMRC’s 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.  Meet life-long friends.  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 Arya Nagarjuna Wisdom Retreat there will be light volunteering (1-2 hours/day) that won’t conflict with the 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.

Start Dates & Service Program Costs

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (4-week volunteer program): FREE

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (3-week volunteer program): FREE

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (2-week volunteer program): $250

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (1-week volunteer program): TBD


  • Join our 2, 3 or 4 week Serve & Study program and Arya Nagarjuna Wisdom Retreat registration is included.   
  • Join our 1 week Serve & Study program to revel in the good cheer, atmosphere, and benevolence of service to others. Arya Nagarjuna Wisdom Retreat registration is not included with the 1 week volunteer program. 

The number of participants we can accept is limited, so please apply early! Deadline for volunteer submissions is August 29th, 2018.

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:

  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018 (4-week program)
  • Tuesday, September 11 2018 (3-week program)
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (2-week program)
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 (1-week program)

If your flight arrives to Tucson Airport later than 3pm, please plan to fly into Tucson on Monday night, so that you are ready for pick-up between 10am and 3pm on Tuesday.  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 15, 2018.

What to Bring

If you are accepted, we will provide you with:

  • simple, shared accommodation 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!