Introductory Workshops, conducted by Roshi Graef and her students, are a practical and authentic introduction to Zen Buddhism. During the half-day schedule of talks, question periods, demonstrations and guided meditation, participants are introduced to the body-mind disciplines of Zen Buddhism.

In addition to providing an introduction to Zen, workshops are an ideal time to see how spiritual training is carried on at the Center. Members are happy to answer questions about the Zen Center and its programs. People who wish to discuss their own spiritual practice can talk with Roshi during the question-and-answer period or during breaks.


Sunday Sitting

On the Sunday morning following the workshop, participants are welcome to come to the sitting, which may also include a chanting service and Zen talk.


Open to all people 18 and over (under 18 if accompanied by a parent or older friend and with parental consent). As space is limited, reservations must be made in advance, including payment in full. When cancellations are made less than one week before the workshop, the contribution may be used for a subsequent workshop, but cannot be refunded. Assume you are accepted unless you hear to the contrary. Reservation Form.


The Center can provide overnight accommodations for a nominal fee if arrangements are made in advance. Please Note that the Zen Center is a place of spiritual practice with a focus of silent meditation and introspection. With that in mind, all rooms are single occupancy. Couples do not share bedrooms. 

What to Wear

Loose-fitting clothing is ideal. Skirts should be both long and full enough to sit with the legs crossed; pants should be quite loose. Best not to wear jeans. Please do not wear shorts or sleeveless shirts.

Instructor, Roshi Sunyana Graef

Roshi Graef

Roshi Graef is the founder and teacher of the Vermont Zen Center. She began training in Zen in 1969 at the Rochester Zen Center in New York. She was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest in 1986 and sanctioned as the Dharma Heir of Roshi Philip Kapleau in 1987. Roshi Graef also teaches at the Casa Zen de Costa Rica in Santo Tomas de Heredia.