Fall 2022 Residential Practice Period: Compassion, Wisdom, and Formal Zen Practice, GGF 10/11 - 12/6

Practice Center
Date / Time
Oct 11, 2022 / 3:00pm - Dec 6, 2022 / 8:00pm
Event Type
Practice Periods

Application Deadline: September 9, 2022

The wisdom of Zen is born of the compassionate practice of the forms and ceremonies of our daily life. During our time together, we will study and practice the intimate reciprocity of form and emptiness. This is the pivotal activity of all buddhas and ancestors which lives in the oneness of samsara and nirvana.

The Fall 2022 Practice Period at Green Gulch is an opportunity for beginning and experienced students to participate with others in an intense period of residential practice that centers around daily zazen, work, study, and regular one-on-one meetings with the teacher of the practice period. Weekly events include lectures, formal ceremonies, classes, oryoki meals (formal meals in the meditation hall), and gatherings with the teacher of the practice period. Participants commit to stay in the Green Gulch valley during the entire eight weeks, which includes two one-day sittings and concludes with a seven-day sesshin.

Health & Safety Protocols

Practice period participants are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted for Covid-19 by the practice period arrival date. Vaccination documentation will be requested. Covid policies at Green Gulch are adjusted regularly, and some mask-wearing and distancing protocols during practice period should be expected. As always during practice period, participants will commit to not leave the Green Gulch watershed for the duration of the practice period (except by arrangement or emergencies). If you have any questions related to Covid guidelines or vaccination, please contact Sonja at ggfdirectorassist@sfzc.org.

To Apply:

  • Please review the Practice Period Guidelines [PDF] before submitting your application.
  • Complete the SFZC Covid-19 Safety Questionnaire, including uploaded vaccination documentation.
  • Complete a practice period application [Word] [PDF] and email or mail it as indicated on the application. See below for $30 application fee.
  • Deadline for applications is September 9, 2022.
  • For questions or more information, contact Sonja Gardenswartz at ggfdirectorassist@sfzc.org.
Fee Information


  • Non-refundable application fee: $30. This fee can be paid by clicking on the link below. Or call the Green Gulch Farm main office at 415-383-3134 or the SFZC Reservations Office at 415-354-0360 to inquire about other payment methods. Fee is waived for current SFZC residents.
  • Practice period fee: $2250. This fee is paid after acceptance through application. The notice of acceptance to the practice period will be accompanied by information on paying the fee.

Application Fee Online Payment