8570 Retreat Center Drive
Batavia, NY, 14020, United States
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.
We recommend that you fly into the Rochester airport (ROC) and will provide you with a link to an online bulletin board for coordinating shared rides from the airport to the retreat center.
For further directions, visit the retreat center website.