About Treetop Zen Center

Treetop Zen Center provides a place to practice Zen meditation in central Maine, close to both Waterville and Augusta. There are meditation sessions twice weekly (Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings), weekend retreats, and two annual week-long retreats. We welcome you to attend any event at any time.

We meet in the zendo, which is located above the garage, just past the main house. Enter the garage through the door near the far right side of the building, leave your shoes, and come upstairs through the white door. If it’s your first visit, we recommend arriving 30 minutes early for a brief orientation. However, even if you arrive after we’ve already begun service or sitting, a senior student will be happy to show you around and assist you in getting settled in.

The practice at Treetop is relaxed. Dharma talks are given most Saturdays, and private interviews are available to all.

Zen Center altar

Meditation Schedule

The sitting schedule at Treetop is:

Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM

Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM

For more information, please see our meditation schedule.


We’ve adopted a new format for our Saturdays in July and August.

We will start at 9:00 AM with yoga/chi kung.

We will then sit from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. That time frame will include daisan and an opportunity for outside kinhin (weather permitting).

At 11:00 AM we will have an oryoki lunch. Lunch will consist of a potluck salad using offerings from everyone’s gardens. (If you don’t have a garden, organic produce from a farmers market, Barrels, or the like will be perfect.)

We will finish at about 11:45 AM.

So please bring your bowls and an item for the salad. We will refresh body, mind, and spirit with this summer fare! If you don’t have an oryoki set, we have extras on hand.

If you’re coming from the Lewiston or Augusta area, contact Jaime for available ride sharing to Oakland on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

If you’re coming from the Bangor area, contact Deborah for available ride sharing to Oakland on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Upcoming Events

Preserving Indra’s Net: an Ecospiritual Gathering
Saturday, August 30th, at 9:30 AM through Sunday, August 31st, at 3:30 PM
This gathering will fan the flickering flames of activism, build capacity for mutual support, and celebrate our interconnectedness. An interactive opening session will invite participants to tell their stories, identify their common concerns and passions, and celebrate the environmental work they’ve been called to do. The Principles of Spiritual Leadership and the work of Joanna Macy will provide the spacious container for experiential recognition and anchoring our interconnectedness through a series of exercises that will set the tone for the weekend.

The primary mission of this event is to bring together people who are actively engaged in the work of ecospirituality to create ongoing, intentional community and communication inspired by Joanna Macy’s contention that community is an important medicine in warding off the despair and hopelessness that can arise as we view the forces that are arrayed on the side of planetary destruction and the relative indifference of many of our fellows.

Compassion, gratitude, and the courage to stay awake will help us navigate the challenges of climate change, resource depletion, and economic contraction. These qualities are deepened and reinforced in community. All too often activists in the trenches aren’t aware or seldom pause to acknowledge that they are points of light in a vast web of millions of twinkling lights, all steadily raising the collective consciousness of society.

Participants include Alicia Daniel, a lecturer for the University of Vermont’s environmental program; nationally recognized poet Gary Lawless, who will be reading his poetry; Susan MacKenzie, Ph.D., a naturalist, spiritual director, and educator who leads retreats and outdoor adventures throughout New England; Pamela Boyce Simms, certified transition trainer at Mid-Atlantic Regional Transition Hub; and Ellen Tynan, an insight meditation teacher and the leader of Wild Presence.

All faiths are welcome.

E-mail us for more information. To register and pay with a credit card, debit card, or bank account, click the Buy Now button below.


Fall Weekend Retreat 2014
Friday, October 24th, at 7:00 PM through Sunday, October 26th, after lunch
This weekend retreat includes service, meditation, daisan, formal meals, work practice, and dharma talks.

E-mail us for more information and/or to register.


Rohatsu 2014
Saturday, December 6th, at 7:00 PM through Friday, December 12th, after lunch
This week-long sesshin honoring Buddha’s day of enlightenment includes service, meditation, daisan, formal meals, work practice, and dharma talks.

E-mail us for more information and/or to register.


The Zen of Nature, the Nature of Zen

Treetop’s Peter Joryu Harris gave this seven-minute presentation on Zen as part of a Waterville PechaKucha: