Welcome to Springwater Center

Springwater Center is looking for people interested in joining staff!  The current open position calls for good skills in the area of repair and maintenace of buildings and grounds. There are also other possible openings in the near future that benefit from a range of other skills. The main benefit in joining staff is the opportunity to attend many retreats and to work with the Center’s meditative community in the spirit of the work of its founder, Toni Packer. A five-week period of volunteering is a requirment before being accepted on staff. If you have interest or questions about joining staff or scheduling time to come visit and volunteer, please reach out to Stacey at info@springwatercenter.org

It’s now 40 years since Springwater  Center came into being! Use this link to see photos, writing, and art submitted by friends of the Center about their time and experiences here through the years. From the first retreats held at Camp Onanda on Canandaigua Lake to more recent days.

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.

COVID-19 Update

The Center is now open to fully vaccinated (including booster) in-person guests. We are monitoring the unfolding COVID situations closely and will update this page as our policy changes.

Our deepest gratitude to all of our members and friends who continue to support us as we all move through such uncertain times.

ONLINE OFFERINGS:

We will continue to offer timed quiet sittings, group meetings, private meetings with teachers and retreats accessible online.

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

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

Un Día de indagación Meditativa y retiros de silencio en Español y Inglés

Springwater se complace en anunciarles que ofrecerá un día de Meditación Indagativa en Español y Inglés. Este Sera facilitado por Sandra Gonzalez via zoom desde Springwater Center y sera un día Domingo, Agosto 21. Comenzando a las 8:00 am con meditaciones formales, charla en la mañana y tiempos libre entre cada actividad. Finalizando el día […]

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Quiet Weeks

Quiet Weeks offer an opportunity to create a personalized retreat while the Center enters into a modification of its day-to-day working life. There are many possibilities to connect with the Springwater teachers in both group and private settings. An extended retreat may be created by combining these Quiet Weeks with attendance at the adjacent retreats. […]

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Seven-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Susan Schepp

Sandra and Susan have been engaged in meditation and meditative work at the Center for many years. They’ll both give talks and take part in the afternoon group dialogues, as well as being available for group and private meetings. Sandra Gonzalez has led retreats in both English and Spanish for several years. She began working […]

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Quiet Weeks

Quiet Weeks offer an opportunity to create a personalized retreat while the Center enters into a modification of its day-to-day working life. There are many possibilities to connect with the Springwater teachers in both group and private settings. An extended retreat may be created by combining these Quiet Weeks with attendance at the adjacent retreats. […]

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Seven-Day 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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Staff Break/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 4 and welcoming guests and visitors.

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Teacher Dialogue Session (Online)

New in 2022: Online Teacher/Facilitator Dialogue Sessions. Following a 25-minute minute sitting, two or more Springwater Teachers will dialogue about a specific theme or question. An open group dialogue will conclude the online event. For those who would like to participate via Zoom, please contact us at info@springwatercenter.org.

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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 update: The Center is now open to fully vaccinated (including booster) visitors. Masks are required for the first 5 to 10 days of a guest stay, with the option for testing on day 5.

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