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Corinne Spencer's Photographic Series Splendor

Corinne Spencer is an artist, and daughter of Springwater Center’s Receptionist, Maggy Alleyne Spencer.  At the outbreak of the pandemic, Corinne came to the Center where she immersed herself in the woods and waters of the land and stayed, worked remotely, and created for a year and a half. Her new body of work was born out of this time.  It’s titled Splendor, a multimedia project which uses photo, video, text, and sound to explore the restorative connection between Black women and the natural landscape. Within this work she opens paths for self re-imagination, freedom and inner peace.

In a recent interview with Daily Lazy, Corinne said, “Splendor was propelled by the questions that were raised as I moved through the deeply conservative social space of rural Western New York—Where does Blackness belong? Who gets to claim public space? Can the Black body know peace? We are excited to share that Corinne’s solo show, Splendor, will open at Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) on March 16, 2022, and run through April 7th, 2022.

Meditative Inquiry into Social and Cultural Identities

All are welcome to join this online reading and dialogue group on Zoom. If interested, contact Kieran at

Nonviolent Communication Practice and Empathy

Join this online Nonviolent Communication group to give and receive empathy and to practice NVC skills. Contact Tom at

Meditation Groups

The following independent meditation groups are organized by people interested in the work of Springwater Center. Please note that these groups are not endorsed by the Center.

United States

Albuquerque, NM

Regular sittings and discussions, including weekly Zoom sittings and dialogue, as well as an annual summer (June or July) 7-day retreat. Retreat is open to people outside of New Mexico too and is affordable. Contact Jay Cutts at (505) 281-0684. See Jay’s website for more information and writings exploring the nature of meditative work.

Asheville, NC

Second Sunday monthly sitting in the time of Covid-19:  sitting and walking meditations on one’s own, followed by tea and time for meditative inquiry via Zoom.For information contact either Arida Emrys or Frank Connors at 828-225-3811.

Maybe when the weather is a bit warmer we can sit together outside. 

Ashland, OR

Joan Tollifson holds private meetings online or by phone, and may occasionally offer public events online or in Ashland, Oregon. More information at

Buffalo, NY

Thursday night meditation followed by discourse or discussion group. Instruction is available upon request. Visit their website for more information.

Columbia , Virginia

The Mandala Kaya Retreat Center, located in rural central Virginia, offers retreats and other periodic events in the spirit of Springwater Center and the teachings of Toni Packer, including retreats led by Wayne Coger, Richard Witteman, and Sandra Gonzalez.  For more information, please contact Mark Bryant at markbryant108@gmail.comor 434-392-7916.

Richmond, VA

The Richmond Meditative Inquiry Group holds twice weekly meetings with sitting and walking meditation, talks, and group dialogue. The group also co-hosts periodic weekend retreats led by Wayne Coger, Sandra Gonzalez, or Richard Witteman.  For more information contact Kirk Warren Brown at  

Rochester, NY

Weekly sitting/dialogue group in Rochester with Stew Glick. Stew can also be available during the week if people wish to sit and look at something together. Some information about Stew can be accessed here. Please contact Stew if you would like to meet or be on the email list to be notified of meetings:

Temecula, CA

Online meetings with Magdi Badawy. Please contact Magdi for more information:  



The Oulu Mindfulness group holds weekly sittings on Sundays in a lovely sitting space in the peaceful Hietasaari area of Oulu. They also organize retreats and other activities several times during the year. For more information, please see our website at www,, or contact Ari-Pekka Skarp at info@oulumindfulness.fisu



The Oulu Mindfulness group holds weekly sittings on Wednesdays and Saturdays in a lovely sitting space in the peaceful Hietasaari area of Oulu. They also organize retreats and other activities several times during the year. For more information, please see our website at www,, or contact Ari-Pekka Skarp at


Sittings with Stephan Bielfeldt are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. All are welcome, no experience necessary. We sit three periods of 25 minutes with walking periods of 5 minutes in between. Location is Die Brücke Elmshorn e.V., Neue Straße 7, D-25335 Elmshorn. For more info contact Stephan at +49-4122-858-194 or


Regular Sunday afternoon sittings with Stephan Bielfeldt

All are welcome, no experience necessary. We sit five periods of 25 minutes, with walking periods of 5 minutes in between. Sittings are held in the meditation room in the basement of the Buddhistische Gesellschaft in D-22337 Hamburg, Beisserstraße 23. For more information call Stephan at +49-4122-858-194 or see


Contact Stephan about retreats at Seminarhaus Schlagsülsdorf.

+49 4122 858 194 /



Zen meditation and conversation. We’re an always changing group of Oaxacans, expats, and visitors meditating and exploring together this difficult and amazing life. All our events involve a koan in the inquiry. There’s good info about what we’re doing at our website, in both English and Spanish.



Once a month on Saturday half-a-day sitting (11 am. till 2:30 pm. live or online depending on the conditions) with recorded talks by Stephan Bielfeldt at the Kanzeon Sangha Zendo. Info: FB – “Grupa medytacyjna Toni Packer” – Jacek Dobrowolski:



Weekly sittings, taped talks, videos, readings, and discussion in English or German. Visit their website or contact: Torsten Cámara by e-mail at

United Kingdom


Would like to start a weekly or monthly meditation group in the Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire area. The suggested agenda would include timed sittings, walking meditation, tapes by Toni Packer or other Springwater teachers, and a discussion period. Anyone who is interested in forming a group, please contact Greg at

COVID update: Vaccinations are no longer required and masking is optional for all participation at the Center.