Visits & Stays at Green Gulch

Green Gulch Flower garden

Settle into the natural and meditative environment of Green Gulch Farm. Surrounded by trees, fields and hills, discover a vast space for quiet and reflection.

The Green Gulch Welcome Center is open:
Monday through Saturday, 9 am – noon and 1:30 – 4 pm
Sundays, 9 am – 4 pm

Guest Accommodations

Green Gulch Farm offers a variety of overnight accommodations in a meditative retreat space dense with trees and foliage just 10 miles north of San Francisco.

Guest Student Stays

Guest Students reside in student housing and participate in the full meditation and work schedule and attend classes, lectures, and ceremonies. This program offers short-term residency to those interested in beginning or deepening Zen practice with the support of a community.

Apprenticeship Programs

Apprentices may stay and work either in the farm and garden or elsewhere on the campus at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.

Residential Practice

The Green Gulch Resident Training Program is designed to support Zen students to sit zazen, practice intimately with each other and with the bodhisattva precepts, and gain a thorough understanding of what it is to take refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.


Please note that there is a two-night minimum. First time guests can stop in at the Welcome Center (open until 4 pm). Late check-in between 6 pm and 9 pm is possible with 24 hours notice. No arrivals after 9 pm. 


Three organic vegetarian meals, often featuring freshly harvested vegetables from the fields, are offered daily at Green Gulch. With a buffet-style serve-up at 7:15 am, 12:15 pm and 6:00 pm, the dining room is a wonderful place to be nourished and be in community. Meals are included for overnight guests. Those who would like to have lunch on both their arrival and departure days, please leave a donation for the extra meal in the box in the dining room.

Muir Beach is a 20-minute walk from the central area; trails lead to Muir Woods to the north and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to the south.

What to Bring

  • Slippers or warm socks for the Guest House, Zendo, Wheelwright Center, Yurt and Library (please remove outdoor shoes when entering these areas)
  • Walking or hiking shoes and slip-on shoes
  • A flashlight (especially recommended in winter)
  • A water bottle
  • Warm clothing in layers; the weather is often cool, even in summer
  • Plain loose-fitting clothing in dark or neutral colors if you plan to attend zazen and other events in the meditation hall
  • Rain gear (especially winter and spring)
  • Guest Students: Work clothes and shoes, bedding or a sleeping bag, a towel, and an alarm clock

There is no cell service at Green Gulch. Most cell users can get a signal at the beach or the ridge, each about a 20-minute walk from the main area.

Green Gulch offers wifi in the Library and Wheelwright Center rooms.