About Treetop Zen Center

Treetop Zen Center provides a relaxed place to practice zazen (meditation) and work with teachers in daisan (private, one-on-one interviews). Our central Maine location is close to both Waterville and Augusta. There are meditation sessions Monday through Saturday, half-day sits most months, and two annual weekend retreats (in mud season and autumn) and week-long retreats (spring sesshin and Rohatsu).

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.

Zen Center altar

Meditation Schedule

The sitting schedule at Treetop is:

Monday through Friday at 6:30 AM: brief, informal sits with or without daisan

Wednesday at 7:00 PM: zazen and daisan

Saturday at 9:00 AM: zazen and daisan often preceded by service and followed with a dharma talk

For more information, please see our meditation schedule.

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

Spring Sesshin 2015
Saturday, June 13th, at 7:00 PM through Friday, June 19th, after lunch
This week-long sesshin includes service, meditation, daisan, formal meals, work practice, and dharma talks.

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


Autumn Weekend Retreat 2015
Friday, October 2nd, at 7:00 PM through Sunday, October 4th, 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 2015
Saturday, December 5th, at 7:00 PM through Friday, December 11th, 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.


Ask a Zen Teacher: How do I do things slowly, one at a time?

Treetop’s Peter Seishin Wohl speaks with Sweeping Zen on the topic of slowing down:






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: