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Retreat Center Cook - Extra Hire Spirit Rock Meditation Center

  • Date Posted July 06, 2024
  • Location Woodacre, CA
  • Category Culinary / Nonprofit
  • Job type Part-Time
Company description Spirit Rock is an Insight Meditation Retreat Center.  Set among 411 acres of serene oak woodlands in the secluded hills of West Marin County, California, Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a refuge from everyday life where it's truly possible to quiet the mind, soften the heart and see life in a new way. Job description

Spirit Rock is looking for a great cook with catering or large-scale corporate lunch service background being the best fit. The latest shift is over at 7:30 with 2 of the 4 available shifts being done by 2 in the afternoon.  This is a part time, unbenefited position and requires availability on both Saturday and Sunday

We are currently sourcing from the Marin Farmers market including taking cooks to the market if they are interested.  We do a weekly market menu where the kitchen manager and a cook can collaborate on the menu to use farms like Full Belly, Marin Roots and Star Route farms among others.

Spirit Rock's Retreat Center Cooks work collaboratively to prepare meals for all residential retreats, internal meetings and special events. They also train and supervise retreatants performing work meditations in the kitchen, and model behavior that supports mindfulness practice in the retreat environment. 

This is a 2-3 day a week fully on-site position with no remote work available.

Qualified candidates who self-identify as a Black Indigenous Person of Color (BIPOC) and/or are part of the LGBTQI community are especially encouraged to apply. 


Specific Responsibilities:

Food Preparation

  • Prepare and serve tasty and nutritious lacto‐ovo vegetarian meals on schedule.
  • Follow recipes and adjust quantities as needed.
  • Collaborate on new recipes and create independently as needed.
  • Maintain an orderly and efficient kitchen work space.
  • Ensure the work environment meets or surpasses hygiene and safety standards set by regulations.
  • Train and support retreatants in kitchen tasks.
  • Provide ongoing guidance and problem solving support to retreatants and other cooks as needed.
  • Assist with special events as needed.


  • Attend kitchen staff meetings and all staff meetings as scheduled.
  • Attend staff training on First Aid/CPR, emergency preparedness and others as assigned.
  • Keep up to date with kitchen‐related emails, schedules and kitchen updates.
  • Help put away food deliveries, keep the kitchen clean and stocked, and assist with retreatant work meditations.
  • Other related assignments as necessary.
  • Performs daily recordkeeping tasks including quantity logs, inventory and recipe modification.


  • Minimum one year of professional cooking experience focused on organic ingredients and seasonal produce, in a high volume vegetarian kitchen, preferably in a contemplative work setting.
  • Flexibility in schedule on a daily and weekly basis, and ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills; ability to take direction; ability to function as both team leader and team player.
  • Ability to remain calm in a sometimes fast-paced work environment, and ability to work compassionately with retreatants.
  • Due to the rural location of Spirit Rock and associated challenges with public transportation, we recommend those with access to a vehicle apply.
  • Physical:  Required to lift, carry, push or pull objects up to 50 pounds. Frequently required to perform moderately difficult manipulative tasks such as lifting large pans of food in and out of the oven, carrying heavy boxes of produce, performing repetitive motions of cutting, stirring and whisking; Ability to work in a standing position for up to 8 hours in the kitchen.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center participates in the E-Verify program, a web-based system through which employers electronically confirm employment eligibility.


Compensation this position is : hourly, varies DOE, $27.85 - $27.85 Application instructions Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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