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April 2021

Four-Day Online Retreat with Stew Glick

April 23, 2021 - April 27, 2021

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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May 2021

10 Day Online Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Wayne Coger

May 8, 2021 - May 18, 2021

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 other meditation centers. Sandra was born and raised in Nicaragua. She leads or participates in retreats in Springwater and other locations each year. She writes:…

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All Day Sitting

May 29, 2021

All are welcome to attend this All Day Sitting event beginning at 7:30 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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Online Annual Meeting

May 30, 2021

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 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.…

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June 2021

Seven-Day Retreat with Stephan Bielfeldt

June 5, 2021 - June 12, 2021

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 online…

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Seven-Day Retreat with Richard Witteman

June 26, 2021 - July 3, 2021

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 2021

Four-Day Retreat with Les Schaffer, who will be facilitating remotely via Zoom

July 16, 2021 - July 20, 2021

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 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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All Day Sitting

July 31, 2021

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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August 2021

Potluck Picnic & Talent Show

August 1, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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 well as outdoor seating…Help us add to the fun by sharing your talent: bring your instruments, juggling sticks, dancing feet or whatever you’ve got! Please…

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Seven-Day Retreat with Bob Dattola

August 7, 2021 - August 14, 2021

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 indagación Meditativa y retiros de silencio en Español y Inglés

August 22, 2021 @ 8:30 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 22. 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 Maggy en recepción o…

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Seven-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Susan Schepp

August 28, 2021 - September 4, 2021

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 2021

Seven-Day Retreat with Richard Witteman, who will be facilitating remotely via Zoom

September 18, 2021 - September 25, 2021

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, 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…

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October 2021

Four-Day Retreat with Stew Glick

October 8, 2021 - October 12, 2021

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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All Day Sitting

October 30, 2021

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 2021

Seven-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez

November 6, 2021 - November 13, 2021

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 raised…

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Quiet Week

November 14, 2021 - November 21, 2021

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 7-Day Retreat. To register to attend all or part of the Quiet Week, please contact us.

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December 2021

All Day Sitting

December 4, 2021

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 18, 2021 - December 27, 2021

The Center will close at the end of the day on Saturday, December 18, and reopen Tuesday, December 28. Staff will be taking a break during this holiday period, and then will be preparing for the New-Year’s retreat beginning December 31.

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Online Four-Day New Years’ Retreat with Wayne Coger

December 31, 2021 - January 4, 2022

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: Toni Packer asked me if I would share the work that we do with others. While I have never had any desire to become a ‘teacher,’ exploring the work of meditative inquiry has been my deepest joy and…

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January 2022

Three-day Retreat with Susan Schepp

January 14 - January 17

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 released from…

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All Day Sitting

January 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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February 2022

7-Day Online Retreat with Susan Schepp and Wayne Coger

February 12 - February 19

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 20 - March 4

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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March 2022

Seven-Day Online Retreat with Les Schaffer

March 5 - March 12

In this late winter/early spring retreat, Les will give morning talks 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 without their presence, and…

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All Day Sitting

March 26

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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April 2022

All Day Sitting

April 9

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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Teacher Dialogue Session (Online)

April 16

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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Four-Day Retreat with Stew Glick

April 22 - April 26

This retreat will be held in-person, with an option to access talks remotely.  Stew Glick will give talks and private meetings and will take part in the daily group dialogue at the Center.  Audio from talks will be recorded using Zoom; if you are interested in signing in to hear daily talks, please email Maggy at info@springwatercenter.org.  The other scheduled aspects of retreat are only available to in-person participants (such as timed sittings and group dialogues). Stew began working with…

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May 2022

Seven-Day Retreat with Wayne Coger and Sandra Gonzalez

May 7 - May 14

Due to low in-person attendance the upcoming retreat with Wayne and Sandra will take place primarily online via Zoom. Also it has been shortened to be a seven-day retreat, running from Saturday May 7 to Saturday May 14. Just as in retreat timed sittings and talks will take place from the sitting room and private meetings with the facilitators will continue to be available. Also as in retreat, the main building will be in silence, with the exception of the…

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