Work at Mount Madonna Center

Serve ~ Live ~ Learn

We offer unique employment pathways for those with the heart and skill needed to support the operations of a lively retreat center, temple, and intentional yoga community. We invite our staff to live their principles and dedicate their service to the sustainability of the mission, vision, and values of Mount Madonna Center.

Explore your own self-development while supporting a movement of holistic education and spiritual discipline.

Decades of volunteerism laid the foundation for the Center, and an embodied practice of karma yoga, or “the yoga of action," remains the ethos for all service at the Center. Our community and staff see work as an experiential opportunity to transform ourselves and our lives, as a devotional act on a path to freedom. We know there are other seekers out there who are looking for more than just a job, but want the kind of livelihood that arises from rich community connections and meaningful service.

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Our organization is in a time of dynamic change, as we engage diverse talent through a new staffing model, transfer deep wisdom through a generational transition of leadership, and relaunch to host guests after an extended closure.

If you have volunteered or attended a program at the Center, and are interested in being part of the team that holds this precious gem, we would especially love to hear from you!

Open Positions

Experienced Cook

We are seeking someone who can plan and cook healthy food, while working as part of a team and directing other prep staff to produce quality meals.

View full job description here.

Guest Services Coordinator

This is a customer service oriented position in our Guest Services Office interfacing with client groups to facilitate their event needs and accommodate their overnight guests.

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Guest Services Arrangements Coordinator

This key position works with retreat leaders and presenters to arrange all the services and facility needs for their events and the accommodation needs of their overnight guests.

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IT Help Desk

The ideal applicant would look forward to being a member of a small team and will help support computer use and network administration for Mount Madonna Center.

View full job description here.

Volunteer Opportunites

MMC is now looking for a few resident volunteers in a variety of areas. We have openings in the kitchen, dish room, landscaping, campgrounds, gate, & maintenance. If you are interested, please contact

"Community living has instilled and facilitated a new, profound essence in me. I feel grateful for the experiences I got through work, music, rituals, discussion, and the land." ~Sarah C.

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Residential Positions Now Available

Mount Madonna Center's operations are supported by an intentional community that was founded in 1978, and that context of community living makes for rich and unique job opportunities. Working and practicing alongside your friends and neighbors is a challenge that offers many rewards!

Currently, about 70 residents, as well as an extended community of volunteers and employees, support the activities of the Center's mission. All residents contribute to sustaining the community and land with weekly volunteer hours, in the spirit of collective service. Beyond the positions listed above, there are opportunities to engage and learn more about the community through time spent in classes, meal-serving, tending the garden, and other volunteer service hours.

  • Single accommodation with shared bath
  • Vegetarian meals shared communally
  • Weekly classes (currently online) in yoga practice and philosophy
  • Established multigenerational residential community of practice
  • Healthy living in the hills above Santa Cruz
  • Participation in community events, activities, retreats and celebrations