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October 2019

Staff Retreat — Center Closed

October 21, 2019 - October 22, 2019

The Center will be closed October 21 through October 22 to give staff time for silence, reflection, and dialogue.

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November 2019

November All Day Sitting

November 2, 2019

All are welcome to attend this All Day Sitting, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. The day includes timed and un-timed sittings, a talk, vegetarian lunch, afternoon dialogue group, and refreshments/social time from 3:30 to 4:00. If you would like to attend, please contact us. A donation is  requested for the day and lunch. It is helpful if participants arrive by 8:15 a.m. to sign in and choose a seat. If you would like to stay overnight…

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Seven-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez

November 9, 2019 - November 16, 2019

  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 Weeks

November 17, 2019 - November 30, 2019

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 2019

December All-Day Sitting

December 7, 2019

All are welcome to attend this All Day Sitting, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. The day includes timed and un-timed sittings, a talk, vegetarian lunch, afternoon dialogue group, and refreshments/social time from 3:30 to 4:00. If you would like to attend, please contact us. A donation is  requested for the day and lunch. It is helpful if participants arrive by 8:15 a.m. to sign in and choose a seat. If you would like to stay overnight…

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Winter Break – Center Closed

December 15, 2019 - December 26, 2019

The Center will close at the end of the day on Saturday, December 14, and reopen Thursday, December 26. Staff will be taking a break during this holiday period, and then will be preparing for the New-Year’s retreat beginning December 28.

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Four-Day New Year’s Retreat with Wayne Coger

December 28, 2019 - January 1, 2020

This retreat is fully booked--let reception know if you'd like to be on a wait list. There is space in the 3-Day Retreat that begins on January 17 and ends on January 20, Martin Luther King Day. 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…

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January 2020

Three-day Retreat with Susan Schepp

January 17 - January 20

    Susan will give talks and be available for private meetings during this three-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 upon ripples stretch across the pond The golden glistening stems of cattails bend graciously in the wind paying homage to the day. Leaves…

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February 2020

All Day Sitting

February 1

All are welcome to attend this All Day Sitting, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. The day includes timed and un-timed sittings, a talk, vegetarian lunch, afternoon dialogue group, and refreshments/social time from 3:30 to 4:00. If you would like to attend, please contact us. A donation is  requested for the day and lunch. It is helpful if participants arrive by 8:15 a.m. to sign in and choose a seat. If you would like to stay overnight…

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7-Day Retreat with Susan Schepp and Wayne Coger

February 15 - February 22

  Susan and Wayne will both give talks and be available to meet with others individually and in groups. 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 by Richard McDaniel, he said:  .…

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Quiet Weeks

February 23 - February 27

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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Staff Retreat — Center Closed

February 28 - March 1

The Center will be closed February 28 through March 1 to give staff time for silence, reflection, and dialogue.

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March 2020

Quiet Weeks

March 2 - March 6

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 Les Schaffer

March 7 - March 14

  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 invite someone to drop what they’re doing, put aside their day to day responsibilities, activities, favorite haunts and friends, arrange with family and colleagues…

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Springwater Trails Hike and Meeting

March 22

The Center is hosting a hike with and Annual Meeting of the group Springwater Trails on this Sunday, March 22nd. Springwater Trails is a local group that hikes different trails in Springwater and in the Rochester/Finger Lakes region. The group is not affiliated with the Center, but we have hosted this very enjoyable get-together for several years now. Anyone visiting the Center may join with the Springwater Trails folks for the hikes. The hikes begin at 2 p.m. and we…

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All Day Sitting CANCELLED

March 28

All are welcome to attend this All Day Sitting, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. The day includes timed and un-timed sittings, a talk, vegetarian lunch, afternoon dialogue group, and refreshments/social time from 3:30 to 4:00. If you would like to attend, please contact us. A donation is  requested for the day and lunch. It is helpful if participants arrive by 8:15 a.m. to sign in and choose a seat. If you would like to stay overnight…

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April 2020

April All Day Sitting CANCELLED

April 18

All are welcome to attend this All Day Sitting, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. The day includes timed and un-timed sittings, a talk, vegetarian lunch, afternoon dialogue group, and refreshments/social time from 3:30 to 4:00. If you would like to attend, please contact us. A donation is  requested for the day and lunch. It is helpful if participants arrive by 8:15 a.m. to sign in and choose a seat. If you would like to stay overnight…

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Four-Day Online Retreat

April 25 - April 28

  We are sad to have to cancel our April 4-Day Retreat at Springwater, but are happy to be able to offer something new: an online retreat with Springwater Teachers that follows much the same format as our traditional retreats. Most of us have been urged to limit travel, to self-isolate and to avoid congregating in large groups. What we hope to offer in an online retreat is the opportunity to experience our physical isolation and our very real connections…

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May 2020

10 Day Online Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Wayne Coger

May 9 - May 19

Below is the schedule we have created for online retreats. We hope this accommodates most people's time zones. The Retreat will be presented on the Zoom platform and our retreat coordinators will be available to help with any questions people may have about Zoom participation. Please contact Reception at info@springwatercenter.org if you would like to participate in this retreat and/or if you have any questions. Online Retreat Schedule (All participant engagement in retreat is optional - with the exception  of…

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All Day Sitting-Online!

May 30

All are welcome to attend this virtual All Day Sitting event beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. 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. More specifics are being worked out at present and we will post them here when they become available. For those who would like to participate and who need a Zoom invitation and more information,…

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Online Annual Meeting

May 31

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 are relegated to an online get-together. On the other hand this could be a wonderful opportunity for members who live outside of the Rochester/Springwater area to participate in and learn more about the workings of the Center. As mentioned above, there will…

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June 2020

Seven-Day Online Retreat with Stephan Bielfeldt

June 6 - June 13

  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 since that time, he has been holding retreats regularly in German and in English, and has also helped to found two meditation groups. Stephan’s…

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Seven-Day Online Retreat with Richard Witteman

June 27 - July 4

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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July 2020

Four-Day Online Retreat with Les Schaffer

July 17 - July 21

In this midsummer 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 invite someone to drop what they’re doing, put aside their day to day responsibilities, activities, favorite haunts and friends, arrange with family and colleagues to get along…

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August 2020

All Day Sitting-on Zoom

August 1

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 who need a Zoom invitation and more information, please contact us at info@springwatercenter.org.

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Zoom Talent Show!

August 2 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will not be holding the potluck picnic and talent show on-site as in years past. We are instead holding the talent show online via Zoom. Songs, poetry, dances etc. will take place August 2nd at 2:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Please contact Maggy at info@springwatercenter.org if you would like to participate.

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Seven-Day Online Retreat with Bob Dattola

August 8 - August 15

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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Un Día de Meditación Meditativa en Español y Inglés

August 23 @ 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 Online Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Susan Schepp

August 29 - September 5

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 2020

All Day Sitting-on Zoom

September 12

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 who need a Zoom invitation and more information, please contact us at info@springwatercenter.org.

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