All Day Sittings

All Day Sittings are one of the most popular ways to participate in the work of Springwater Center. We come together for a day of sharing silence, sitting, listening, and meditative dialogue. The day begins at 8:30 am with silent sitting, includes a talk by one of our teaching staff, a vegetarian lunch, a group dialogue, and refreshments and social time before concluding at 4pm. This provides a daylong retreat-like environment without the time or financial commitment of attending one of our retreats.

If you would like to attend, please contact our reception. The suggested donation of $20 includes 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 on Friday or Saturday, please also fill out our Guest Stay Request Form or make a reservation with the receptionist. Regular guest contributions will apply to overnight stays.

Here is a typical daily schedule for an All Day Sitting. All scheduled activities are optional. You may prefer to sit on your own indoors or out, read, exercise, or walk the trails on our beautiful land.

  • Introduction to meditation 8:30 a

    for newcomers, sitting and walking for others

  • Timed sitting and walking 9
  • Break/open sitting 10
  • Timed sitting and walking 11:05
  • Lunch 12p
  • Clean-up and break 12:30
  • Timed sitting and walking 1:30
  • Group dialogue 2:30
  • Refreshments/Social time 3:30-4

Upcoming All Day Sittings