Toni Packer


“The emergence and blossoming of understanding, love and intelligence has nothing to do with any tradition, no matter how ancient or impressive — it has nothing to do with time. It happens completely on its own when a human being questions, wonders, listens and looks without getting stuck in fear, pleasure and pain. When self concern is quiet, in abeyance, heaven and earth are open. The mystery, the essence of all life is not separate from the silent openness of simple listening.” — Toni Packer

Toni Packer founded the organization that became Springwater Center and was its resident teacher for many years. Born July 5, 1927 in Germany, Toni lived most of her adult life in Western New York. Beginning in1976 she led retreats in the United States and Europe, and continued even through ill health in her later years. Toni died on August 23, 2013, leaving a legacy of extraordinary recorded talks in which she “lives the work” with a vibrant and passionate intensity.

She was also the author of five books: Seeing Without Knowing / What is Meditative Inquiry, The Work of This Moment, The Light of Discovery, The Wonder of Presence and The Silent Question.

The next retreat with recorded talks by Toni will take place January 15-18 2016. Susan Schepp, who worked with Toni for many years, will be available to meet with participants individually and in groups. 

Register for Retreat with Recorded Talks by Toni Packer.

YouTube Channel – Many videos of Toni giving talks are posted on Springwater Center’s YouTube channel.

Digital Archive of Toni’s Talks
Thanks to two generous donations–from Toni’s family in Switzerland, and from Peter and Chana Santschi–her taped recordings from Springwater, Europe and California have been transferred to digital format. A sampling of recordings are on Toni’s Audio page. They are currently being uploaded to the Springwater Center page on YouTube.