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March 2017

Saturday All-Day Sitting (full)

March 25
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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This All-Day is fully booked–Please see the calendar for future All-Day sittings. There is also a weekend retreat with space available beginning on April 28th. 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 untimed 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 reception. A donation is requested for the day…

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April 2017

Center Closed – Rental to Blooming Lilac Sangha

April 13 - April 17
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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The Center will be closed for a rental to the Blooming Lilac Sangha. For information please contact Janet Chaize at  jchaize@rochester.rr.com.  

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Three-Day Retreat with Stew Glick

April 28 - May 1
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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Long-time Center friends will have warm memories of Stew from his many years on staff. As one of the people Toni Packer asked to help carry on the mediative work, in past years he met with people and held retreat in Springwater. He now returns for this springtime weekend retreat. Some words from Stew give some flavor of his approach: “An important ingredient in meditative inquiry is this act of open listening. Listening, wondering and not knowing: this can all…

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May 2017

Seven-Day Retreat with Wayne Coger and Sandra Gonzalez

May 13 - May 20
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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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. Register for Retreat with Sandra and Wayne 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…

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June 2017

Saturday All-Day Sitting

June 3
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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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 untimed 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 reception. 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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Annual Meeting

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Center’s Annual Meeting will begin at 10 AM on Sunday June 4. There will be reports on the past years activities, a financial report, a tabulation of the ballots for the election of two trustees and an open discussion. As the Trustees have been investigating the possibility of a renewable energy project for the Center, this might well be one of the possible items we could discuss–we welcome peoples’ ideas and experience in this or any other area of…

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Seven-Day Retreat with Stephan Bielfeldt

June 10 - June 17
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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Stephan 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 daily…

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July 2017

Seven-Day Retreat with Richard Witteman

July 1 - July 8
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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“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 and get somewhere…softening around the impulse to figure things out, to know who we are and where…

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Four-Day Retreat with Les Schaffer

July 21 - July 25
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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Les will give morning talks, participate in afternoon group dialogues and offer private meetings in this summer weekend-spanning retreat. Les worked for many years with Toni Packer and was encouraged by her to share the work of meditative inquiry with others. Register for Retreat with Les Schaffer 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…

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August 2017

Saturday All-Day Sitting

August 5
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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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 untimed 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 reception. 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 Bob Dattola

August 12 - August 19
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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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 20 - September 1
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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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. Note that an extended retreat may be created by combining these Quiet Weeks with attendance at the August retreat with Bob Dattola and the early September retreat with Susan Schepp and Sandra Gonzalez. Visit the Quiet Weeks page for more information about Quiet…

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September 2017

Seven Day Retreat with Susan Schepp and Sandra Gonzalez

September 2 - September 9
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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For the first time at Springwater Center, a retreat will be led by two women. 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. Register for Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Susan Schepp

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Quiet Weeks

September 10 - September 22
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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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. Note that an extended retreat may be created by combining these Quiet Weeks with attendance at the early September retreat with Susan Schepp and Sandra Gonzalez and the later September retreat with Richard Witteman. Visit the Quiet Weeks page for more information about…

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Seven-Day Retreat with Richard Witteman

September 23 - September 30
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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“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 and get somewhere…softening around the impulse to figure things out, to know who we are and where…

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October 2017

Center Closed – Staff break

October 2 - October 9
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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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 welcoming guests and visitors.

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November 2017

Saturday All-Day Sitting

November 4
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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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 untimed 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 reception. 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 11 - November 18
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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Sandra will give talks and meet with participants privately and in the afternoon dialogue group in this autumn retreat. She 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 in…

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Quiet Weeks

November 19 - December 2
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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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. Note that an extended retreat may be created by combining these Quiet Weeks with attendance at the early November retreat with Sandra Gonzalez. Visit the Quiet Weeks page for more information about Quiet Weeks. To register to attend all or part of the…

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December 2017

Saturday All-Day Sitting

December 9
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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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 untimed 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 reception. 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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Center Closed – Staff Break

December 17 - December 25
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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The Center will close at the end of the day on Saturday December 16, and reopen Tuesday 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 29.

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Four-Day Retreat with Wayne Coger

December 29, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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This retreat takes place over the New Year’s holday weekend. Wayne will give morning talks, take part in the afternoon group dialogues and be available for private meetings. Register for the New Year’s retreat with Wayne Wayne 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. “Toni Packer asked me if…

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