All prices include 3 vegetarian meals per day.

Casita Manzanita

A cozy comfortable eco-friendly straw bale 2 private bedrooms – (1 Queen, 1 Single) fully-equipped kitchen, sitting area, shared bath with cast iron bathtub/shower, sliding door to outside patio, wood burning stove and front porch.

 Sleeps 2. Cost per person is $595.  - 2 spots left

Dharmatory Yurt

Our 30 ft. Mongolian style yurt with pine flooring offers a more rustic lodging option and includes 4 fully partitioned single-bed rooms, a main sitting area, electric hot water kettle, and running hot/cold water sink. Two composting toilets are located nearby.
(Sleeps 4) - Cost per person is $440 - 1 spot left.

Airstream Camp Trailer

Private, well maintained classic vintage trailer.  Wide single bed, extra sitting room, electric, no kitchen or bath.
Sleeps 1Cost per person is $545 - 1 spot left

AlpenLite Camp Trailer

Large comfy fully furnished trailer - 1 double bed in separate room, 1 single bed (in main salon area shared with full kitchen), convenient desk/chair, and shared full bathroom.
(Sleeps 2 persons) - Cost per person is $580 - 2 spots left

Moon Palace (glamping)

We offer 3 private large size sturdy hexagon tents (Shift Pods) made with reflective material and synthetic down thermal insulation - ours are designated for single occupancy, or 2 cozy friends.  Each moon palace has one single bed with frame, (can include extra one futon or pad); with electricity option if needed.

Sleeps 1 - Cost per person is $395 - these spots are all filled.


There are 4 nice camping sites for tents or a camp trailer. 

Cost per person is $350 - the camping spots are all filled. If we end up with enough room in the meditation hall we may open additional camping spots. Please contact the registrar for details.


Residential Retreat Mindful Job List

Before and After the Retreat

Coordinate Airport Shuttle – this person coordinates a shuttle, to and from the airport, for those arriving from out of town.  This is a good job for someone arriving from out of town that needs a ride to the retreat center.

Help with Retreat Set-up  – helps with the physical set-up of the retreat at the retreat center  and getting the supplies to COD Ranch. This will be done the day before the retreat in the morning.

Help with Retreat Teardown at the End  – helps with the physical teardown of the retreat at the end, and loads the supplies that go back to TCMC.

Greeters –  assist the registrar with welcoming guests to COD, and showing them to their rooms if necessary.  Greeters need to arrive a few minutes early.

Flowers – bring a bouquet of flowers for the front of the meditation hall.

Parking Coordinator –  manage parking at the retreat center as people arrive. Make sure the cars are clear from the roads leading to the rooms so that walking meditation can be done

Bring snacks for the yaza (all night sit)) (Shinzen Retreat Only) .  The snacks can include nuts, trail mix, chocolate, cookies, etc.  The expenses can be reimbursed up to $25 with a receipt.

Help Coordinate the Sweat Lodge (Shinzen Retreat Only): Will pass out maps to sweat lodge location and coordinate the food for the feast afterward.  Help coordinate rides to the sweat lodge location.  This will be done after the retreat ends.

Purchase Sweat Lodge Supplies: Purchase a list of items such as bottled water, cups, plates, etc for the sweat lodge, and bring them to the retreat. You will be reimbursed for the expense, and you don't necessarily need to attend the sweat lodge

Assist with Shinzen's book sales:  Make a sign and set up book display. Collect any money received daily and give it to the retreat registrar.  Make sure the book inventory matches the number of books sold.

During the Retreat

 Zendo Manager for the A.M. - Cares for and manages the Zendo (meditation hall) to insure that it is a comfortable welcoming place to practice. Manages temperature of the space, based on temperature set by retreat manager.

Zendo Manager for the P.M. - Cares for and manages the Zendo (meditation hall) to insure that it is a comfortable welcoming place to practice. Manages temperature of the space, based on temperature set by retreat manager.

Mindfulness Movement -  lead a mindful movement session in the morning. This can be yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, somatic movement etc. It is prefered if you have experience leading group mindful movement sessions.

Help with Yaza (Shinzen Retreat Only) - help coordinate the Yaza (all night sit)

Bell Ringing Coordinator – coordinates the bell ringing volunteers.

Sit leader Coordinator  – coordinates volunteer sit leaders.

Sound and Recording (Shinzen Retreat Only) –  record dharma talks during the retreat. Training will be provided.

Kitchen Liaison – work with the kitchen staff and retreatants to address any concerns or questions that arise during the retreat.

Maintain Flowers – maintain the flowers at the front of the meditation hall. Give them fresh water, etc.

Check Emergency Number Voice Mail -  check the emergency number voice mail for messages 3 times per day.

Mission Statement

TCMC is committed to providing a community that nurtures and supports the teaching and continuing practice of meditation and mindfulness in daily life. TCMC provides opportunities for anyone to learn and practice meditation from both local and visiting teachers. We also provide library resources, social events, as well as both residential and non-residential meditation retreats. We are a non-sectarian organization and anyone with an interest in meditation is welcome.

Guiding Principles


TCMC promotes a learning community of spiritual companions to offer support and refuge for each other’s practice


In offering a spiritual refuge for awakening, TCMC is committed to cultivating a community that reflects the diversity of our society and our world. We welcome the inclusion and participation of people of diverse identities, including those of all races, ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities, classes, religions, abilities, and ages, that all may feel welcome, safe and respected within this community.

Spiritual Path

We recognize that the spiritual path has many dimensions including:
 Exploration
 Concentration
 Insight
 Compassion
 Clarity
 Equanimity
 Wisdom
 Generosity
 Service
 Loving Kindness
 Joy


TCMC is a non-profit volunteer organization that invites participation and involvement. While TCMC has an elected board, our positive momentum and evolution are dependent upon the generosity, volunteerism and service of all who come to our center.

Ethical Guidelines

We seek to be a respectful and compassionate community that intends no harm to ourselves or others through speech or actions. We understand that conflict arises and are committed to deal with it mindfully, compassionately and constructively.

It costs TCMC approximately $2200 per month to operate.  If you would like to make a donation to the TCMC General Fund to support day to day operations use one of the options below.

These five methods have no transaction fees, so the full amount of your donation goes to TCMC.

1. Donate with Zelle using the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. You may donate through the PayPal giving fund here. You may use a credit card or a PayPal account. TCMC does not pay any transaction fees.

3. You may donate via Venmo using this ID: @TCMC-Donate. If Venmo prompts you for the last 4 digits of the phone number they are: 7085

4. Send a check (payble to TCMC) to:
1147 N Howard Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716

5. If you use your bank's bill pay feature, you may use it to send a check to TCMC at the address above.

You may also use the button below for a PayPal or Credit Card donation, but PayPal charges TCMC a fee equal to 1.99% of your donation.

If you would like to make a donation to support the future needs of TCMC or to help support our new building please go the Friends of TCMC Program Page



The Tucson Community Meditation Center welcomes your support.




TCMC needs your support! TCMC is an all volunteer organization that is funded by the generosity of its member's donations. TCMC needs approximately $1,700 per month to cover rent, utilities, insurance and other operating costs, and your generous donations at the daily sits, classes and retreats just about cover that. These donations also help support our teachers.


But in order to meet future needs and find a larger facility with proper zoning, the Friends of TCMC program needs to raise approximately an additional $725 per month ($8,725 a year).


Please consider joining the Friends of TCMC program by making a monthly or annual donation to TCMC at one of the suggested giving levels below:


Desert Marigold (for students or low income) - $5 per month/ $60 a year

Sweet Acacia - $10 per month/ $120 a year

Desert Willow - $20 per month/ $240 a year

Velvet Mesquite - $40 per month / $480 a year

Sahuaro - $50 per month or more


Thank you very much.

You may contribute to the Friends of TCMC program in following ways:


1. Drop a check (Payable to TCMC) or cash in the drop box at the center.


2. Mail a check (Payable to TCMC) to


PO Box 40007

Tucson, AZ 985717


3. Setup a monthly or annual donation below

There is currently an issue with TCMC's tax-exempt status and donations are not tax deductible at this time. We are working to resolve this. We will send a tax receipt at year end if our status has been restored

Please use the Paypal Subscribe button below to become a Friend of TCMC and set up a monthly payment to TCMC (the payment can be easily terminated at any time).


Donation Options

If you would like to make a one-time donation to TCMC for any amount use the button below.

We thank you with deep appreciation.