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May 2022

All Day Sitting

May 28

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 fully vaccinated in-person participants. The day includes timed and untimed sittings, a talk, afternoon dialogue group, and social time at 4:00. For those who would like to participate, please contact us at info@springwatercenter.org.

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Annual Meeting

May 29

At this hybrid Annual Meeting (Zoom and in-person), members of the Center may participate in the Trustee's election and all attendees may participate in an open discussion. There will also be a potluck lunch following the meeting this year. Please RSVP to info@springwatercenter.org by Wednesday 5/25.

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June 2022

Seven-Day Online Retreat with Stephan Bielfedt

June 4 - June 11

This retreat's format is dynamic as we stay responsive to the evolution of COVID. Stephan Bielfedt will give talks and private meetings and will take part in the daily group dialogue online using Zoom. Currently, you can participate in this retreat via Zoom on a personal device from your home, Springwater Center, or other location of your choosing. If you choose to participate from Springwater, you will need your own device to access Zoom at least for group dialogues. We…

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Seven-Day Retreat with Richard Witteman

June 25 - July 2

This retreat has options for in-person or online attendance, and will be facilitated as a parallel retreat by Richard Witteman. Bells will be rung and talks will be given from the sitting room in-person and via Zoom. Group dialogues will be held in the sitting room without technology for in-person participants and exclusively via Zoom for online participants. Please note that COVID rates continue being monitored and could result in changes to retreat format. We welcome questions about our cancellation…

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July 2022

Four-Day Online Retreat with Les Schaffer

July 15 - July 19

This retreat's format is dynamic as we stay responsive to the evolution of COVID. Les Schaffer will give talks and private meetings and will take part in the daily group dialogue online using Zoom. Currently, you can participate in this retreat via Zoom on a personal device from your home, Springwater Center, or other location of your choosing. If you choose to participate from Springwater, you will need your own device to access Zoom at least for group dialogues. We…

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All Day Sitting

July 30

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 fully vaccinated in-person participants. The day includes timed and un-timed sittings, a talk, afternoon dialogue group, and social time at 4:00. For those who would like to participate, please contact us at info@springwatercenter.org.

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Talent Show

July 31 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

***The specific format of this event has yet to be determined, but will either be online only, or hybrid in-person and online.*** Springwater Center is hosting an 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. Bring the whole family! Bring your favorite vegetarian/vegan dish to pass as well as outdoor seating…Help us add to the fun by sharing your talent: bring your instruments,…

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August 2022

Seven-Day Retreat with Bob Dattola

August 6 - August 13

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 to pursuing his career at Xerox and Cornell University, Bob has served as a trustee for many years and in recent years has been leading…

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Quiet Weeks

August 14 - August 26

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. To register to attend all or part of the Quiet Weeks, please contact us.  

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

August 21 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Springwater se complace en anunciarles que ofrecerá un día de Meditación Meditativa en Español y Inglés. Este Sera facilitado por Sandra Gonzalez via zoom desde Springwater Center y sera un día Domingo, Agosto 23. Comenzando a las 8:00 am con meditaciones formales, charla en la mañana y tiempos libre entre cada actividad. Finalizando el día con un Grupo de Dialogo a las 4:00 pm. Si están interesados por favor comunicarse con Springwater Center info@springwatercenter.org dirigida a Maggie en recepción o…

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Seven-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Susan Schepp

August 27 - September 3

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 with Toni in 1988. Previously, she studied at other meditation centers. Sandra was born and raised in Nicaragua. She leads or participates in retreats in…

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September 2022

Quiet Weeks

September 4 - September 16

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. To register to attend all or part of the Quiet Weeks, please contact us.

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Seven-Day Retreat with Richard Witteman

September 17 - September 24

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. Sunlight and shadow…trees and rustling leaves…sensations, thoughts, and feelings. There is room to ease up around judging, evaluating, and improving ourselves, trying to be someone…

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Staff Break/Center Closed

September 25 - October 3

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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October 2022

Four-Day Retreat with Stew Glick

October 7 - October 11

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 on staff as assistant administrator. He was one of several people whom Toni invited to continue the teaching work of the Center, and has led…

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Teacher Dialogue Session (Online)

October 15

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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Center Closed for Staff Retreat

October 24 - October 25

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

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All Day Sitting

October 29

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 participants will meet via the Zoom platform. For those who would like to participate either in person or online, please contact us at info@springwatercenter.org.

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November 2022

Seven-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez

November 5 - November 12

  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 Center. Sandra spends part of the year in Springwater. She also leads or participates in several retreats away from Springwater each year. Born and…

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Quiet Week

November 13 - November 20

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. To register to attend all or part of the Quiet Weeks, please contact us.

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December 2022

All-Day Sitting

December 3

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 participants will meet via the Zoom platform. For those who would like to participate either in person or online, please contact us at info@springwatercenter.org.

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Staff Break/Center Closed

December 16 - December 26

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.

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Four-Day New Year’s Retreat with Wayne Coger

December 30, 2022 - January 3, 2023

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 itself—being here. This "being with" is totally inclusive: sensing the breath, the pulse and movements of the body, sounds that are noticed and physical sensations—nothing…

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