Serve And Study Program

Medicine Buddha Retreat 2022

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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 and 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 Medicine Buddha Retreat, there will be light volunteering (2-4 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 14th, 2022 (4-week volunteer program): FREE

Wednesday, September 21d, 2022 (3-week volunteer program): FREE

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 (2-week volunteer program): FEE: $250

Note, you can come at any of these dates, stay and serve for the retreat, and complete the remainder of your 2, 3, or 4 week service period after the retreat as well. 

The Medicine Buddha Retreat (Ocotber 15-24) time does NOT count towards your 2 – 4 week commitment.


End & Departure Dates

These are end dates for the program depending on when and how long you stay. We can only take you to the Tucson airport on these days.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022

Wednesday, November 2d, 2022

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022



Join our 2, 3, or 4 week Serve & Study program, and the Ocotber 2022 Medicine Buddha Retreat registration is included.

The number of participants we can accept is limited, so please apply early!


Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00 am – Spiritual Inspiration for the day
  • 9:15 am – 3:15pm Daily service work (with 30min bring-your-own lunch/snack)
  • 4 pm – Yoga, Meditation, or Dharma Class (Typically 4 days a week)
  • 5 pm – Personal time for Study, relaxation, etc.


Getting Here

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 around 1pm on the following dates: September 14, 21, 28

If your flight arrives at Tucson Airport later than 1 pm Wednesday, please plan to fly into Tucson on Tuesday night, so that you are ready for pick-up between 10 am and 1 pm 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: [email protected]

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 Diamond Mountain
  • an opportunity to serve the dharma and your fellow retreaters while learning how to use service as a spiritual path!

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

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

Positions are limited, so apply soon!

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

Please review our covid policy and rulebook.