Photo of a gardener at the 2017 work retreatPhoto of work retreat break, 2011Photo of an arborist at the 2017 work retreat

Each year in June or July we hold our annual work retreat in honor of Ralph Chapin. Our objective is to work together with Sangha friends on upkeep of the buildings and grounds – and at the same time intensify our meditation practice and enjoy the beauty of Chapin Mill. We sit a bit more than the regular Zen Center training schedule, and either dokusan or private instruction are offered daily.

Our schedule is set with the bulk of our work completed in the morning and with most of the afternoon free for unstructured activity – swimming, walking in the woods, visiting with friends, or more sitting in the  zendo.

The 2019 work retreat will run from the evening of Tuesday, June 25 through Saturday afternoon, June 29.  (See schedule below.)

Pictures from previous years are in the Photo Gallery.


Ralph Chapin Memorial Work Retreat Schedule

Call or email to sign up for all or any part.

Tuesday Evening

7:00-9:00 Zazen (with private instruction)


5:25 a.m. Wakeup
5:45-7:00 Zazen and chanting
7:15 Breakfast
8:00 Work meeting
10:30 Tea break
12:45 Lunch
1:20-2:00 Clean up
4:30-6:00 Dinner available
7:00-9:00 Zazen (with private instruction Tues & Thurs, dokusan Wed & Fri)


5:55 a.m. Wakeup
6:15-7:15 Zazen and chanting
7:15 Breakfast
8:00 Work meeting
10:45 Tea break
1:00 Lunch
1:30-2:45 Clean up and pack up (staff)