Work Periods

Tassajara workshop tools

Thank you very much for your interest in helping to maintain Tassajara.

During the April and September Work Periods, at the times of transition between the summer guest season and the spring and fall practice periods, a team of volunteers assists with the maintenance of Tassajara. These are energetic times with an emphasis on work and community living. The work day is 6½ hours. Vegetarian meals and a bed in a cabin is provided. There is no money exchange. There are usually informal discussions about Buddhist practice and volunteers are welcome to join residents in the daily meditation.

Help is appreciated in the areas of carpentry, repairs, plumbing, electrical, gardening, painting, cooking, cabin preparation, and general maintenance.

September 1 – 20, 2023:

Kitchen and general labor volunteers are needed from September 1 through the end of work period, with a minimum stay of two weeks.

The main Work Period is September 10 through 20. Highly skilled volunteers, in the areas mentioned above, are warmly invited to apply, with a minimum stay of one week.

Contact the Tassajara director at to apply.