About Retreats

solo retreats at the Vermont zen center

A retreat is a time and place to pull back from ordinary worldly activities, slow down, recharge, and refocus. Whether this is your first retreat or you are a long-time practitioner, silent reflection in a peaceful, nurturing environment brings countless benefits to body and mind.

unwind

Retreats provide peaceful time away from your everyday life.

focus

Close proximity to the natural world helps you relax and focus.

Feel Inspired

Creativity and inspiration come from a change in outlook and having the time to listen.

Establish a Routine

Without other demands you can find your own rhythm and more easily establish a routine.

Why go on retreat?

Retreats help you become reacquainted with yourself, examine your priorities, and make concrete and practical resolutions for improvement and growth. Above all, for the serious spiritual practitioner, a silent personal retreat allows you to work single-mindedly on your practice at your own pace without distractions or expectations.

Who goes on retreats?

Retreats are for everybody—anyone can go on a retreat for many different reasons. Although retreat goers often seek spiritual development or renewal, you don't need to be religious or in a spiritual tradition to go on retreat.

Location

The retreat cabin will be situated near the Zen Center, but by itself.

Facilities

Unlike many such cabins, ours will have electricity, a kitchen, and a bathroom.

Size

The size, 18' x 24', will be large enough for walking meditation and exercise.

Year Round

The cabin will be insulated, heated, and air conditioned. If we can raise sufficient funds, the cabin will have solar panels.

team

fundraising committee for the retreat cabin

Nina

Nina Thompson

Project manager
Josh

Josh Kelman

committee member
Heather

Heather Kelman

committee member
Jim

Jim Kahle

committee member
Kelly

Kelly Story

committee member
Eric

Eric Berger

committee member
Marcela

Marcela Pino

committee member
Louise

Louise Piché

committee member

Contact

Vermont Zen Center • Shelburne


Vermont Zen Center


Mission:

The Vermont Zen Center was founded in 1988 to provide a peaceful environment for the study and practice of Zen Buddhism. The Center is dedicated to helping people overcome suffering through spiritual development and social outreach.


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