ONLINE OFFERINGS:

While we are not physically open at this time, we are now offering timed quiet sittings, group meetings, private meetings with teachers and retreats online.

For more information, email Maggy at: info@springwatercenter.org.

Welcome to Springwater Center

Located an hour south of Rochester, New York, Springwater Center offers silent meditation retreats and year-round guest visits in a beautiful and spacious facility on 212 acres of country land with streams, meadows, forests, a pond, and miles of walking trails.

There are no rituals, required beliefs, or assigned practices.

The essence of retreat at Springwater is being together in the simplicity and openness of silent awareness. Attending moment-to-moment to what is happening within and without, in a spirit of wonder, curiosity, and discovery.

Meditation

The heart of our meditative work is simple awareness. Right now can there be simple listening, being present to what appears as sound and feeling and thinking in the midst of open silence? A vast listening space of no preferences and no judgments?

The mystery, the essence of all life is not separate from the silent openness of simple listening.

Sitting quietly is vast boundless being, not belonging to me or you. Revealing what is as it is, beholding it and yet not meddling with it in the light of wisdom and compassion too marvelous to comprehend.

Meditation

The heart of our meditative work is simple awareness. Right now can there be simple listening, being present to what appears as sound and feeling and thinking in the midst of open silence? A vast listening space of no preferences and no judgments?

The mystery, the essence of all life is not separate from the silent openness of simple listening.

Sitting quietly is vast boundless being, not belonging to me or you. Revealing what is as it is, beholding it and yet not meddling with it in the light of wisdom and compassion too marvelous to comprehend.

A Variety of Ways to Participate

Silent retreats form the heart of life at Springwater. Grounded in an atmosphere of inquiry and shared silence, a daily schedule is offered with timed sittings, a morning talk, meetings with teachers, and an afternoon group dialogue.

A one day retreat experience, our All Day Sittings begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. The day includes time for sitting, a talk, vegetarian lunch, an afternoon dialogue group, and concludes with refreshments and social time.

During quiet weeks, specific areas of the building are kept in silence, while the rest of the house continues in its work day. This provides a quiet, meditative atmosphere in the midst of everyday life.

You are welcome to visit as a guest or volunteer outside of retreat. You can create a personal retreat experience, supported by daily sittings, shared meals, and the option to meet with teachers.

Retreats

Here at Springwater there is no special practice assigned or suggested. You may wish to continue with a previously learned practice, or to try something new: simply attending without a known method or purpose.

Each retreat has a daily schedule with meditation periods, a talk, private meetings with teachers, and group dialogue. All activities are optional and you are free to interact with retreat in a way that works for you. The only requirements are to participate in silence and contribute an hour of work each day.

We have been holding retreats in Springwater for over 30 years, and they have evolved over time into an innovative form that flows naturally.

Retreats

Here at Springwater there is no special practice assigned or suggested. You may wish to continue with a previously learned practice, or to try something new: simply attending without a known method or purpose.

Each retreat has a daily schedule with meditation periods, a talk, private meetings with teachers, and group dialogue. All activities are optional and you are free to interact with retreat in a way that works for you. The only requirements are to participate in silence and contribute an hour of work each day.

We have been holding retreats in Springwater for over 30 years, and they have evolved over time into an innovative form that flows naturally.

Upcoming Events

Seven-Day Online Retreat with Richard Witteman

Richard Witteman will give talks and private meetings and will take part in the daily group dialogue. In the silence of retreat, space is here to pause, to slow down. Space to see and feel and listen, to question and wonder…to be intimately in silence, in the heart of whatever we are, whatever is here. […]

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Center Closed

The Center will close during this period so that staff can take a break after a busy summer. We’ll be open again Tuesday, October 6 and welcoming guests and visitors.

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Four-Day Online Retreat with Stew Glick

Stew Glick began working with Roshi Phillip Kapleau at the Rochester Zen Center around 1971. He later began working closely with Toni Packer and came on the Zen Center staff in 1979. Stew played an instrumental role in the land search and initial construction for what would become Springwater Center. He spent over twenty years […]

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All Day Sitting-on Zoom

All are welcome to attend this virtual All Day Sitting event beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The day includes timed and un-timed sittings, a talk, afternoon dialogue group, and social time from 3:30 to 4:00. We will meet via the Zoom platform. For those who would like to participate and […]

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Seven-Day Online Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez

Sandra will give talks and meet with participants privately and in the afternoon dialogue group in this autumn retreat. Sandra Gonzalez began working with Toni Packer in 1988. Previously, she studied at other meditation centers. in 2003 Toni asked her to be one of the people to help carry on the meditative work of the […]

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All Day Sitting-on Zoom

All are welcome to attend this virtual All Day Sitting event beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The day includes timed and un-timed sittings, a talk, afternoon dialogue group, and social time from 3:30 to 4:00. We will meet via the Zoom platform. For those who would like to participate and […]

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Staff Break/Center Closed

The Center will close at the end of the day on Friday, December 18, and reopen Monday, December 28. Staff will be taking a break during this holiday period, and then will be preparing for the New-Year’s retreat beginning December 29.

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Origins

Springwater Center was founded in 1981 by Toni Packer along with over 200 friends dedicated to the work of meditation and inquiry.

Trained as a teacher in Zen Buddhism, Toni left the tradition to work with the essence of meditative practice attending to what is happening in the immediacy of each moment.

Over the years, Springwater has evolved into a large and lively community. People of all backgrounds come here to meditate in deep silence to inquire and share with one another their questions, insights, and difficulties.

Origins

Springwater Center was founded in 1981 by Toni Packer along with over 200 friends dedicated to the work of meditation and inquiry.

Trained as a teacher in Zen Buddhism, Toni left the tradition to work with the essence of meditative practice attending to what is happening in the immediacy of each moment.

Over the years, Springwater has evolved into a large and lively community. People of all backgrounds come here to meditate in deep silence to inquire and share with one another their questions, insights, and difficulties.

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COVID-19 update: The Center is closed to in-person visitors at present, in accord with New York State guidelines. We are now offering a variety of programs online.

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