Richard Witteman

"Meditation is an invitation to wonder and curiosity. An invitation to soften around our ideas of what life is or should be, and to enter into the fullness of our moment to moment experience. To be here with the same spirit of wonder and curiosity we had as children – allowing everything to be fresh and unknown. Its an invitation to discover for ourselves the miracle of awareness."

In retreat, there is time and space for solitude…to sit together and alone, to walk in nature…to be silent within the rhythms of everyday life…to be here with feeling and sensation, the movement of our bodies, the activity of thought and imagination, the spaciousness of awareness.

There is also an invitation for community…for meeting and inquiring together into our everyday experience…for asking questions and bringing awareness to the social aspects of our lives…as we share the spirit of inquiry and the wonder of presence.

Richard has been leading retreats at Springwater since 2003. He began meditative work in 1971, and was a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau at the Rochester Zen Center for ten years. In 1982 he began working with Toni Packer, and has been part of Springwater Center since its inception. He and Sophia are in residence at Springwater for five months each year, from July through November. They live the rest of the year in Gualala, California.

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