All Day Sittings

All Day Sittings are currently offered in a hybrid in-person and online format. If you would like to attend, please contact our reception. A contribution of $25 is requested for attendance. To contribute, please go to the Contributions Form, and choose the “All-Day Sitting and Other Contributions”.

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.

Springwater teachers will also be available for 1/2 hour individual meetings from 10 AM until 11 AM and from 1 PM to 2:30 PM. There will be a sign up sheet posted for these meetings. 

If you would like to attend, please contact our reception. The suggested donation of $25 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.

All Day Sittings are held in silence, with time for socializing at the end of the day.

  • Timed Sitting and Walking (begins with information regarding the flow of the day) 8:30 AM
  • Break/open sitting 10:00 AM
  • Timed sitting and walking 10:30 AM
  • Talk followed by open sitting 11:00 AM
  • Lunch and Communal Clean Up 12:00 AM
  • Break/open sitting 12:30 PM
  • Timed sitting and walking 1:30 PM
  • Group dialogue 2:30 PM
  • Refreshments/Social time 3:30 PM

Upcoming All Day Sittings

March 26, April 9, May 28, July 30, October 29, December 3

COVID update: The Center is now open to fully vaccinated (including booster) visitors. Masks are required for the first 5 to 10 days of a guest stay, with the option for testing on day 5.