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:: Chapin Mill Retreat Center :: EarthRise Retreat Center :: Franciscan Center
Garrison Institue :: Great Vow Monastery :: Joshua Tree Retreat Center :: Pendel Hill
:: Royal Way Spiritual Retreat Center :: Sevenoaks Retreat Center :: Whidbey Institute at Chinook

Chapin Mill Retreat Center
Chapin Mill Retreat Center
8603 Seven Springs Rd
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: (585) 343-5684
Map and Directions

Chapin Mill is situated on a 135-acre country estate donated to the Rochester (New York) Zen Center by a former member. The grounds include a spring-fed mill pond and the original grist mill built in 1811. Perennial flower beds line many of the walkways that wind within the grounds, and large open meadows, a simple labyrinth, a swimming area, orchard and walking trails are some of the highlights of this idyllic location.

The multi-building complex includes a commercial kitchen, magnificent gathering spaces with reclaimed beams, and dormitory accommodations for more than 50 people. The crown jewel of the facility is the zendo: for the first time in the Center's more than 40-year history, members are able to sit in a space that was designed specifically for meditation. With dozens of windows opening to the fresh air and tranquil sounds of the countryside, the Chapin Mill zendo provides an ideal setting for quieting the mind and engaging in a meditation retreat training.

During springtime in upstate New York, the landscape is striking in its lush greenery and arrays of colorful blooming wildflowers. The weather is temperate and marked by occasional rain, but is generally pleasant and comfortable.

Accommodations are retreat-style in that most rooms are double-occupancy, neatly but simply furnished, and have easy access to common bathrooms that are at most a few steps down the hall. If you do not request a specific roommate, we will assign one for you. All bedrooms are carpeted, and feature a desk and clothing bureau. Linens, blankets and towels are provided.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will assist in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at the Rochester airport only. Those who fly in through Buffalo will be responsible for their own ground transportation arrangements.

For further directions, visit the retreat center website.

EarthRise Retreat Center
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: (707) 779-8224
Map and Directions

The EarthRise Retreat Center is a beautiful collection of indoor and outdoor meeting spaces located on the EarthRise Center in Petaluma, California. Just 30 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Retreat Center is on 200 acres of beautiful rolling hills. It offers such gifts as pristine live oak woodlands, meandering hiking trails, and endless panoramic vistas of the California landscape.

Most meeting sessions will be held in the spacious West Room, just footsteps from the buildings housing sleeping quarters, all of which are nestled in a hollow overlooking the valley, where a small herd of local blacktail deer are frequently sighted grazing nearby. Attendees are invited to wander the grounds, find a secluded spot to meditate or contemplate the simple elegance of the peaceful surroundings.

A short walk at mealtime through the beautiful oak trees leads to the dining area. The spacious and tastefully designed dining hall at the EarthRise Retreat Center provides indoor seating for groups of up to 120, with outdoor garden dining available most of the year. Local ingredients are the inspiration for the cooking and include luscious organic fruits and vegetables, free range poultry, hormone-free meat and dairy products, and extraordinary cheeses. They use organic produce from local farmers whenever possible and draw upon flavors and techniques from around the world to create a diverse cuisine with alluring flavors. (Those who observe a strictly vegetarian diet will be accommodated. Please note any dietary restrictions when you register to attend.)

Accommodations are retreat-style in that most rooms are double-occupancy, neatly but simply furnished, and have easy access to common bathrooms that are at most a few steps down the hall. If you do not request a specific roommate, we will assign one for you. All bedrooms are carpeted, and feature a desk and clothing bureau. Linens, blankets and towels are provided.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will assist in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The retreat center is about a 90 minute drive north from SFO.

For further directions, visit the retreat center website.

Franciscan Center
3010 N. Perry Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603
Phone: (813) 229-2695

The idea of the Franciscan Center was born in the 1970s when Joseph Miyares, a Tampa attorney of deep faith, donated his Riverside Heights property to the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y. The Sisters had established health care facilities in Florida starting in the early 1920s and recognized the eight-acre property's great natural beauty along the Hillsborough River. They opened the Franciscan Center in 1970 as an oasis for private reflection, retreats, spiritual direction and hospitality, welcoming people of all faiths.

Over the past 40 years, the center's property has grown to accommodate the changing needs. The Main Building encompasses two stories with an elevator, and includes a large conference room with wireless Internet access, a dining room, a fully-staffed kitchen, chapel and 42 bedrooms with private baths. in the 1990s, Sabbath House was remodeled into an intimate conference space for individual retreats and small group meetings.

In 2005, the center added a Labyrinth for reflection and meditation, using a rosette design based on the labyrinth set into the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France. In collaboration with the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design, an open-air Pavilion was built in 2008 to accommodate riverside meetings and programs.

For further directions, visit the center website.

Garrison Institute
14 Mary's Way, Route 9D
Garrison, New York 10524
Phone: (845) 424-4800
Map & Directions

The Garrison Institute is located in Garrison, New York in a former Capuchin monastery overlooking the Hudson River. It is situated on the beautiful 95-acre Glenclyffe property, formerly the estate of Hamilton Fish, Governor of New York and later Secretary of State under President Grant.

Facilities include a variety of spacious meeting and break-out rooms, an inspirational non-denominational meditation hall seating up to 300, a wood-paneled dining hall holding 175 at one seating, a library, a theater, high speed internet access, and state-of-the-art audio and visual resources. The Institute currently offers accommodations for 165 overnight guests, in single, double and dorm style rooms.

One of the Garrison Institute's primary goals is to create a hospitable environment for our guests. We can offer a place of refuge where people can withdraw from the business of their daily life. Accommodations are simple and quiet with enough space to breathe, rest and meditate. The tranquil, park-like setting, the gardens, the gazebo on a bluff by the river, and the many walking paths together create a natural setting for contemplation. The Garrison Institute property is connected to the Hudson River trail system and the Appalachian Trail.

Great Vow Monastery
79640 Quincy-Mayger Road
Clatskanie, OR 97016
Phone: (503) 728-0654
Google Map Link

Great Vow Zen Monastery is located in tranquil, rolling meadows near Portland, Oregon. The monastery is situated in a peaceful setting on 25 acres of meadow and forest overlooking the Columbia River, a conducive environment for restful reflection and learning.  Guests are welcome to stroll along wooded walking trails, pause in the lovely remembrance garden and enjoy the orchard and large organic gardens which feed body and soul. We will have the entire grounds to ourselves during this training. The meeting rooms, dining hall and sleeping quarters are accessible by all abilities.

We have purposely chosen this location in an effort to lower costs and enable more people to attend.

Please note: In order to keep costs to a minimum, participants (health permitting) will be asked to assist with a half hour of wash-up after meals and to make and strip their beds.

The kitchen staff prepares delicious, healthy and well-balanced meals, including local seasonal fruits and vegetables, many of which come from the monastery’s organic gardens.  Meals are ovo-lacto-vegetarian. Coffee, hot tea and snacks are available throughout the rental period free of charge.   If you have specific food allergies please indicate that when you register.

Accommodations are modest, clean and comfort dormitory style sleeping quarters with visual privacy, furnished with a single bed.  All linens, blanket and towels are provided.  Shared gender-designated bathrooms and showers are steps away.  Because many people are sensitive to scents, please do not wear perfume, cologne, scented soaps, hair products or creams during our week together.

Springtime in upstate Oregon is beautiful as the meadows fill with colorful wildflowers and the tall conifers set a green backdrop. The weather will most likely be temperate, marked by occasional rain, layering clothing for comfort is advised. It’s always wise to check the weather forecast shortly before traveling.

The monastery staff will assist in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air to the world-class, user-friendly Portland International Airport. We can also pick people up from the Kelso/Longview, Washington AMTRAK station. Please let UCSD know your travel plans at least one week prior to the start of the training so we can coordinate airport pick up times. If you will be traveling by car, bus or train, please see specific directions to the monastery on their website.

Joshua Tree Retreat Center
59700 29 Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Phone: (760) 365-8371

Google Map Link

Joshua Tree Retreat Center is a secluded, peaceful, desert getaway that provides a unique opportunity for contemplation, study and reflection. Within the 420 acres of pristine desert land that comprises the Retreat Center, is the facility known as Friendship Hall and adjoining accommodations that will house the 5-Day Professional Training. Designed by architect Lloyd Wright, in collaboration with his father Frank Lloyd Wright, the building affords desert vistas from nearly all directions and opportunities to explore the surroundings during breaks in the program.

All sessions and meals will be held in newly-remodeled and updated Friendship Hall, which features a marvelous stone fireplace and views across the retreat center, to the desert and mountains beyond. Attendees can wander out onto the deck area to take in a sunset or bask in the warmth of a winter sunrise. Roadrunners and other desert wildlife are frequently visible among the surrounding foliage and in the shadow of the intriguing Joshua Trees scattered across the landscape. Late fall through mid-winter in the desert is typically comfortable and February in the desert is typically comfortable (mid-60s to 70s) during the day, and intermittently windy, and a bit chilly (40s) at night and in the early mornings.

Immediately adjacent to Friendship Hall are the retreat-style accommodations in which participants will be staying during the training. Recently updated and refurbished throughout, the double-occupancy rooms are furnished with single beds and all linens and towels are provided. Most rooms share an adjoining bathroom with another room. If you do not request a specific roommate, we will assign one for you.

We will have this part of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center to ourselves during the 5 days and attendees can wander the facility's labyrinth, medicine wheel and trails during short breaks in the program. While there may not be sufficient time during the workshop, you might want to allow some time before or afterwards to visit nearby Joshua Tree National Monument. Joshua Tree is a spectacular and striking area that is worth exploring.

Distances from nearby airports:

San Diego Lindbergh Field (SAN): 160 miles
Los Angeles International (LAX): 140 miles
Ontario International Airport (ONT): 86 miles
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP): 36 miles

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will assist in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), but if you need to arrive at other airports we will try to connect you with other travelers with similar plans. Contact us at for more information.

Pendle Hill
338 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, Pennsylvania 19086-6023
Phone: (610) 566-4507 / (800) 742-3150
Fax: (610) 566-3679



Royal Way Spiritual Retreat Center
8088 High Road
Lucerne Valley, CA 92356
Phone: (800) 997-2624

Royal Way is a spiritual community devoted to the teachings of silence, service, and ecstasy. We share our Southern California retreat center with groups that are dedicated to spiritual growth and meditation.

The Ranch lies at an altitude of 3,700 feet in the high-desert foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, about 100 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The small town of Lucerne Valley is 8 miles east. Victorville, Apple Valley, and Hesperia are 15 miles west, and the Big Bear Lake mountain resort area is 30 miles south. Ontario International Airport is one hour away. Los Angeles and Orange County International Airports are two-and-a-half hours away.

SevenoaksSevenoaks Retreat Center
403 Pathwork Way
Madison, VA 22727
Phone: (540) 948-6544 (Main Office)
Phone: (540) 948-3185 (Events Office)

Sevenoaks is a spiritual education and retreat center located in central Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains, dedicated to providing a safe, beautiful, and tranquil haven for individuals seeking to awaken to a deeper experience of body, mind, heart, and spirit.

Accommodations in bedrooms are simply furnished and are comfortable; most rooms are shared accommodations sleeping only 2-4 people, and multi-guest (gender assigned) restrooms available in the main hallway of each building. Guests also find that tent-camping is also a cost-effective way and enjoyable way to retreat at Sevenoaks on their beautiful land.

Sevenoaks strives to serve excellent cuisine and has been recognized by their groups and guests as being a leader in culinary proficiency among retreat centers.  Their menus accommodate Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy and Gluten free diets, while serving poultry and fish to those who prefer animal protein. Fresh breads, homemade desserts, and a healthy all-you-can-eat salad bar round out our popular homemade meals. Coffee, teas, and snacks are available 24/7 and guests are welcome to help themselves to these at leisure.

Surrounding the central campus of the retreat center are 120 acres of mostly forest wilderness, untouched for over 35 years, protected by an Open Space Easement from any future development. The woods, pond and river are abundant with wildlife–including deer, fox, raccoons, beavers and otters. Sevenoaks is also a bird watchers’ paradise–redtail hawks, owls, herons, & numerous species of songbirds are commonly seen. Their organic gardens and landscaping offers bounty for our guests' meals and beauty and peace for their spirits.

Most people take a flight to Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC., and then do one of the following:

  1. Take a connecting flight to the Albemarle Regional Airport in Charlottesville, VA which is about 22 miles south from us here at Sevenoaks. People then take a cab from the airport to Sevenoaks.
  2. Rent a car from the Dulles Airport and drive to Sevenoaks, approximately 1.75 hours.
  3. Take a bus to downtown Charlottesville, VA and then take a cab from the bus station, approximately 30 minutes.
  4. Take a train (station code = CVS) to downtown Charlottesville, VA and then take a cab from the bus station, approximately 30 minutes.
  5. There are several cab companies that taxi at these stations (more limited at bus station) that you can connect with or ask the desk clerk there to assist you.

The Whidbey Institute at Chinook
6449 Old Pietila Road
P.O. Box 57
Clinton, WA 98236
Phone: (360) 341.1884

Among 70 secluded historic acres of forest on Whidbey Island, The Whidbey Institute at Chinook facilitates programs and events that inspire practical and lasting changes in the areas of:

  • Leadership Transformation
  • Community Vitality
  • Sustainable Action

The Whidbey Institute is a place where people connect deeply to the natural world and to each other, renew their life energy, and engage in deep conversation and learning to imagine and create an abundant, sustainable and life-affirming future.


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