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October 2018

Center Closed – Staff Retreat

October 26 - October 27

The Center will be closed on October 26th and 27th for a Staff Retreat.

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November 2018

Seven-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez

November 10 - November 17

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 18 - November 30

. 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…

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December 2018

All Day Sitting

December 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 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-winter break

December 16 - December 25

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 New Year’s Retreat w/ Wayne Coger

December 28, 2018 - January 1, 2019

This retreat takes place over the New Year’s holiday 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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February 2019

7-Day Retreat with Wayne Coger and Susan Schepp

February 16, 2019 - February 23, 2019

Wayne and Susan will both give talks and be available to meet with others individually and in groups. See Wayne’s page for more information about him, including links to his recently posted New Year’s retreat talks. The following quote from Wayne may be of interest to anyone asking what is the value of attending retreat.  . . . there’s . . . a sense that people find strength in working together. . . . The coming together of people in…

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March 2019

7-day Retreat with Les Schaffer

March 9, 2019 - March 16, 2019

In this late winter/early spring retreat, Les 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. 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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Saturday All Day Sitting

March 30, 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 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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April 2019

Center closed-Rental to Blooming Lilac Sangha

April 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am - April 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

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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4-Day Retreat with Stew Glick

April 26, 2019 - April 30, 2019

Register for Retreat with Stew Glick Stew returned to retreat life at the Center in 2016, leading 3 day retreats in early April and mid October. This year Stew asked if we could expand the weekend offerings to four days, giving more time for  the quieting and deepening that comes with extended retreating. This spring retreat will begin in late April, embracing what we hope to be the beginnings of warmer weather and fresh greenery. In addition to leading retreats,…

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May 2019

7-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Wayne Coger

May 11, 2019 - May 18, 2019

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 2019

All Day Sitting

June 1, 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 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 an d 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…

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Annual Meeting, Potluck Lunch

June 2, 2019

The Center’s Annual Meeting will begin at 10 AM on Sunday June 2nd. 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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7-Day Retreat with Stephan Bielfeldt

June 8, 2019 - June 15, 2019

Register for Retreat with Stephan Bielfeldt 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…

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7-Day Retreat with Richard Witteman

June 29, 2019 - July 6, 2019

“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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July 2019

4-Day Retreat with Les Schaffer

July 19, 2019 - July 23, 2019
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 2019

Saturday All-Day Sitting

August 3, 2019
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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Potluck Picnic & ‘Talent’ Show

August 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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, juggling sticks, dancing feet or whatever you’ve got. RSVP by August 3: Springwater Center, 7179 Mill St. Ext., Springwater, NY 14560. (585)…

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7-Day Retreat with Bob Dattola

August 10, 2019 - August 17, 2019
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 18, 2019 - August 30, 2019
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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7-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Susan Schepp

August 31, 2019 - September 7, 2019

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. Susan Schepp Register for Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez and Susan Schepp

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September 2019

Quiet Weeks

September 8, 2019 - September 20, 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. 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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7-Day Retreat with Richard Witteman

September 21, 2019 - September 28, 2019

“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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Center Closed

September 29, 2019 - October 7, 2019

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 8th and welcoming guests and visitors.

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October 2019

4-Day Retreat with Stew Glick

October 11, 2019 - October 15, 2019

Stew returns to Springwater to lead this fall retreat. October is a beautiful time on the hillside, traditionally bringing cooler weather and beautiful fall colors. In addition to leading retreats, Stew worked for many years as the administrator of the Center and is one of the people Toni Packer named to help carry on the meditative work of Springwater. Stew now lives in Rochester, NY where he and his wife Lisa Schwartz meet with interested people at their home. Some…

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November 2019

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 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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7-Day Retreat with Sandra Gonzalez

November 9, 2019 - November 16, 2019
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 17, 2019 - November 30, 2019
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 2019

Saturday All-Day Sitting

December 7, 2019
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 15, 2019 - December 25, 2019
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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The Center will close at the end of the work day Saturday, December 15 so that staff may take vacation and visit friends and family. We’ll open again Tuesday, December 25 to welcome guests and visitors.

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4-Day New Year’s Retreat with Wayne Coger

December 28, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Springwater Center,
7179 Mill St Ext, Springwater, NY 14560 United States
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Wayne will be present at this New Year’s weekend-spanning event. He’ll give a morning talk each day, take part in the afternoon group dialogue and give private meetings. Wayne has led retreats since 2001. For more than 30 years he worked with Toni Packer, and has been a staff member of the Center since 1983. Previously, he studied at the Rochester Zen Center. “Toni Packer asked me if I would share the work that we do with others. While I…

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