Work & Stay

Tassajara kitchen work practice


Tassajara wishes to make Zen community life available to all who are interested at any level or length of time. There are several ways to explore work and practice at Tassajara. 

Summer Work Practice

Spend a week or more participating as a student at Tassajara during the summer guest season for a taste of residential community life

Work Periods

The months of April and September are times of transition between the summer guest season and the spring and fall practice periods, with a more relaxed meditation schedule. Volunteers are invited to help with a variety of maintenance projects at Tassajara.

Work Practice Apprenticeships

These opportunities enable students to earn Practice Period scholarships to be used at one of San Francisco Zen Center’s three locations.

Guest Practice Program

The best of both worlds: practice Zen meditation and work alongside our community in the morning, and in the afternoon and evening, experience Tassajara as a guest.