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.

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

Trust in Mind Study Group
Every first and third Wednesday at 6:00 PM through May 2015
This study group will cover the book Trust in Mind: The Rebellion of Chinese Zen, by Mu Soeng. Those who can’t be physically present may join via conference call.

You’re welcome to bring food for dinner during the study group. Our normal sitting schedule will follow at 7:00 PM.

E-mail us for more information.


Mud Season Weekend Retreat 2015
Friday, March 13th, at 7:00 PM through Sunday, March 15th, 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.


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: