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Guest Program Apprenticeship Application Process

There is a three-part application process to become a Guest Program apprentice at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. Applications are accepted year round, and should generally be turned in at least eight weeks before the start of the apprenticeship period you are applying for.

Please read and be familiar with all the information on this website related to the program before applying (see the general information page, as well as process information below). You are encouraged to contact the apprentice coordinator with any further questions about the program or to discuss whether it may be the right fit for you, at guestapprentice@sfzc.org.

Part 1.

Fill out the Guest Program apprentice application (Word | PDF) and submit to guestapprentice@sfzc.org.

Your application will be reviewed for suitability for the program, and someone will be in touch with you. If further information or clarification is needed, you may receive a call or email. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to move on to the second phase of the application process.

Part 2.

Come to Green Gulch as a guest student. In order to be introduced to the meditation and work schedule, and community life at Green Gulch Farm, all applicants who are invited to continue the application process for the Guest Program Apprenticeship Program must complete a two-week guest student stay.

Once invited, you may contact the guest student manager at ggfstudent@sfzc.org to arrange your stay. The cost of the guest student stay is $25/day. Scholarships are not available for the guest student stay. Please see Guest Student Stays (Full Schedule) for more information.

Part 3.

During the guest student stay, you will become familiar with the daily schedule, different work crews, and community life at Green Gulch. There will be opportunities to speak with former apprentices, to have question-and-answer sessions with the Guest Program managers and the head of the kitchen, and to be exposed to Buddhist teachings from many of our resident teachers. Apprentice applicants will have the opportunity to speak individually with the Green Gulch tanto (head of practice) and the Green Gulch director, and will be interviewed by the Guest Program managers. At the end of the two-week guest student stay, applicants will decide with the director whether they would like to participate in the apprenticeship program.

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