Using service as a spiritual practice

Do you want to renew, refresh and delve deeper into your personal spiritual practice and studies? Just looking to “give back” and support the international DMRC community of retreaters and spiritual practitioners?  

Revel in the good cheer, atmosphere, and benevolence of service to others

Serve with DMRC.  The natural peace of our remote desert setting makes DMRC an excellent base for focusing on your spiritual path. The night sky is brilliant and crystal clear as if you could touch the stars. Come for a weekend, a week, a month or longer, or apply to one of our formal Service Programs.  






Benefits
Explore the practice of service and learn to transform work into a spiritual path

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  • Deepen your knowledge and practice of meditation, yoga and spiritual life in general.
  • Receive the support and inspiration of living in a community of like-minded practitioners.
  • Serve the DMRC community 30 hours weekly in the areas of hospitality and cleaning, maintenance, landscaping, cooking or special event-based projects.
  • Cultivate lasting friendships with fellow volunteers and DMRC staff members.
  • Ample silence and personal space to get quiet, reflect and rejuvenate your practice.
  • Weekends are free to pursue your interests.

We offer 2 Formal Service Programs.

Open to anyone who is spiritually curious or spiritually committed, especially those with a self-motivated practice of meditation, yoga, study, and service.

To qualify for the program, you will be asked to volunteer a minimum of 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Sample Daily 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

Choose the one that suites You





“Live the Life of Service”
4 weeks




“DMRC Serve & Study”
2-4 weeks 

We provide:

  • Simple accommodations with bunk beds
  • Comfortable bed and linens
  • Use of a community kitchen
  • Meditation, yoga and dharma instruction on request
  • Transportation to and from Tucson Airport if needed

Duration & Costs:

  • Anytime
  • 4 weeks = FREE of Charge

Positions Available: 3

Serve the DMRC community 30 hours weekly in the areas of hospitality and cleaning, maintenance, landscaping, cooking or special event-based projects.

Modest food stipend to cover grocery staples to cook in your own kitchen is available to US citizens.

We provide:

  • Simple accommodations with bunk beds
  • Comfortable bed and linens
    Use of a community kitchen
  • Meditation, yoga and dharma instruction
  • Transportation to and from Tucson Airport on September 4, 11, 18 at 12 pm & October 16, 23 at 12 pm.
  • Attend ACI’s “Gift of Liberation: Lam Rim” or “Arya Nagarjuna Wisdom” Retreat for FREE!

Duration & Costs:

  • Twice yearly. Prior to April “Gift of Liberation: Lam Rim” & October “Arya Nagarjuna Wisdom” Retreats
  • 2 week program = $250 
  • 3 & 4 week programs = FREE of charge

Positions Available: 10

Serve the DMRC community 30 hours weekly in the areas of hospitality and cleaning, maintenance, landscaping, cooking or special event-based projects prior to the event. Additionally, during the Event 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 for Fall 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019(4-week volunteer program): FREE

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 (3-week volunteer program): FREE

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 (2-week volunteer program): $250

To serve Diamond Mountain outside of our formal Service Programs, or in case of questions please contact our Volunteer Coordinator directly at


Please note:

If your flight arrives to Tucson Airport later than 12pm, please plan to fly into Tucson on Tuesday night, so that you are ready for pick-up between 10am and 12pm on Wednesday.  Diamond Mountain 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: 

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

DMRC is 45 minutes from the nearest grocery store (Willcox, AZ) and two hours from Tucson. If you don’t have transportation, we will provide a trip to Willcox every two weeks for food and supplies.

Whether you will be working with us on outdoor or indoor projects, please note that temperatures vary an average of 20-30 degrees from sunrise to sunset so please bring layers and appropriate seasonal clothing. Please explore the “Visit Us” section of our website for more information.