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All-Day Sitting

All are welcome to attend this All Day Sitting event beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. EDT. We are accepting up to 18 fully vaccinated in-person participants, and an unlimited number of online participants. The day includes timed and un-timed sittings, a talk, afternoon dialogue group, and social time at 4:00. Online […]

Staff Break/Center Closed

The Center will close at the end of the day on Saturday, December 17, and reopen Tuesday, December 27. Staff will be taking a break during this holiday period, and then will be preparing for the New-Year’s retreat beginning December 30.

Four-Day New Year’s Retreat with Wayne Coger

Wayne Coger has led retreats since 2001. He worked with Toni Packer for more than 30 years, and has been a staff member of the Center since 1983, currently serving as administrator. Previously, he studied at the Rochester Zen Center. Wayne writes: "The essence of meditation is, to this person, being quietly with whatever presents […]

Three-Day Retreat with Susan Schepp (in-person)

Susan will give talks and be available for private meetings during this four-day retreat. Susan Schepp has a deep commitment to meditative work and has been involved in the Center since its inception. She has a small collection of poems she’s written at the Center, including one she read during a talk last year: Ripples […]

All Day Sitting

All Day Sittings are one of the most popular ways to participate in the work of Springwater Center. We come together for a day of sharing silence, sitting, listening, and meditative dialogue. The day begins at 8:30 am with silent sitting, includes a talk by one of our teaching staff, a vegetarian lunch, a group dialogue, and refreshments […]

Four-Day Retreat with Wayne Coger (in-person)

Wayne Coger has led retreats since 2001. He worked with Toni Packer for more than 30 years, and has been a staff member of the Center since 1983, currently serving as administrator. Previously, he studied at the Rochester Zen Center. In an interview in Cypress Trees in the Garden, the Second Generation of Zen Teaching […]

Seven-Day Retreat with Les Schafer (online)

In this late winter/early spring retreat, Les Schaffer will give morning talks, participate in afternoon group dialogues and offer private meetings. Les worked for many years with Toni Packer and was encouraged by her to share the work of meditative inquiry with others. Les writes about himself and his approach to retreats: How do you […]

All Day Sitting (online)

All Day Sittings are one of the most popular ways to participate in the work of Springwater Center. We come together on Zoom for a day of sharing silence, sitting, listening, and meditative dialogue. The day begins at 8:30 am (Eastern Time) with silent sitting, includes a talk by one of our teaching staff, a vegetarian […]

All Day Sitting (in-person)

All Day Sittings are one of the most popular ways to participate in the work of Springwater Center. We come together for a day of sharing silence, sitting, listening, and meditative dialogue. The day begins at 8:30 am with silent sitting, includes a talk by one of our teaching staff, a vegetarian lunch, a group dialogue, and refreshments […]

Teacher Dialogue Session (Online)

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.

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 a role in the land search and initial construction for what would become Springwater Center. He spent over twenty years on […]

Seven-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Wayne Coger (in-person and online)

The beautiful month of May brings Sandra and Wayne together again for a retreat in which both will give talks and meet with participants privately and in the afternoon dialogue groups. Sandra Gonzalez has led retreats in both English and Spanish for several years. She began working with Toni in 1988. Previously, she studied at […]

All Day Sitting

All Day Sittings are one of the most popular ways to participate in the work of Springwater Center. We come together for a day of sharing silence, sitting, listening, and meditative dialogue. The day begins at 8:30 am with silent sitting, includes a talk by one of our teaching staff, a vegetarian lunch, a group dialogue, and refreshments […]

Online Annual Meeting

At the Annual Meeting members of the Center may participate in the Trustee's election and all attendees may participate in an open discussion. Sadly, there will not be a potluck lunch following the meeting this year, as we have made prior arrangements for this event to take place online. On the other hand this could […]

Seven-Day Retreat with Stephan Bielfeldt

Stephan Bielfedt started working with Toni Packer in 1983, regularly taking part in her retreats in Germany and and in the United States. Towards the end of 1990, Toni asked him to offer private meetings with participants during her retreats in Germany. In 2003, she asked that he lead retreats in Poland and in Germany, and […]

Seven-Day Retreat with Richard Witteman (in-person and online)

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. […]

Four-Day Retreat with Les Schaffer (online)

In this midsummer retreat, Les Schaffer will give morning talks, participate in afternoon group dialogues and offer private meetings-all remotely via Zoom. Les worked for many years with Toni Packer and was encouraged by her to share the work of meditative inquiry with others. Les writes about himself and his approach to retreats: How do […]

Four-Day Online Retreat with Susan Schepp

Susan Schepp has a deep commitment to meditative work and has been involved in the Center since its inception. She has a small collection of poems she’s written at the Center, including one she read during a talk last June: Ripples upon ripples stretch across the pond The golden glistening stems of cattails bend graciously […]

All Day Sitting

All Day Sittings are one of the most popular ways to participate in the work of Springwater Center. We come together for a day of sharing silence, sitting, listening, and meditative dialogue. The day begins at 8:30 am with silent sitting, includes a talk by one of our teaching staff, a vegetarian lunch, a group dialogue, and refreshments […]

Potluck Picnic & Talent Show

Springwater Center is hosting a hybrid in-person/online event just for fun and we want you to come! Join us for a day of fun, food, laughter, music and friendship at Springwater Center. In-person attendees who are vaccinated will be welcome to join staff and share a picnic. Bring your favorite vegetarian/vegan dish to pass as […]

Seven-Day Retreat with Bob Dattola

Bob Dattola will give talks and be available for private meetings and the daily afternoon group dialogue in this summer retreat. Bob has been taking part in the Center’s work since its inception. Important questions for him over the years have been “What is Truth or Reality?” and “Where can Truth be found?” In addition […]

Seven-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Susan Schepp (in-person and online)

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 […]

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. […]

Seven-Day Retreat with Richard Witteman (online)

Richard Witteman will give talks and private meetings and will take part in the daily group dialogue remotely via Zoom. 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, […]

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 10 and welcome guests and visitors once again.

Four-Day 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 […]

Center Closed for Staff Retreat

The Center will be closed October 24th to the 25th to give staff time for silence, reflection, and dialogue.

All Day Sitting (online)

All Day Sittings are one of the most popular ways to participate in the work of Springwater Center. We come together via Zoom for a day of sharing silence, sitting, listening, and meditative dialogue. The day begins at 8:30 am Eastern Time with silent sitting, includes a talk by one of our teaching staff, a group […]

Seven-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez (in-person and online)

Sandra Gonzalez will give talks and meet with participants privately and in the afternoon dialogue group in this autumn retreat. Sandra 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 Center. […]

Quiet Week

This November Quiet Week offers 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 Springwater teachers in both group and private settings. An extended retreat may be created by combining this Quiet Week with attendance at the preceding […]