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 (please call Peter at 207-624-1867 to confirm availability)

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.


SCHEDULE UPDATE: Due to spring sesshin, our usual evening sit on Wednesday, June 1st, is canceled.

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.

Walking Tree Zen logo

If you’re near southwestern New Hampshire, there’s a new meditation group in Keene. Walking Tree Zen hosts weekly Zen meditation practice Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Monadnock Waldorf High School building at 136 School Street in Keene, New Hampshire. Participation is free and open to anyone, and instruction is provided for beginners. Our very own Peter Seishin Wohl is the guiding teacher for the group, which is led by Todd Hotai Watson.

Upcoming Events

Spring Sesshin
Thursday, June 2nd, at 7:00 PM through Sunday, June 5th, after lunch
This sesshin — honoring Buddha’s day of enlightenment — includes service, meditation, daisan, formal meals, work practice, and dharma talks.

E-mail us for more information or click "Buy Now" to reserve your place.




Samu Weekend
Friday, September 16th, through Sunday, September 18th
This informal weekend focuses on work practice inside and outside the zendo.

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


Autumn Weekend Retreat
Friday, October 21st, at 7:00 PM through Sunday, October 23rd, 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
Thursday, December 8th, from 6:00 AM through 8:00 PM
This day-long silent sit honoring Buddha’s day of enlightenment includes service, meditation, daisan, and formal meals.

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


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

E-mail us for more information or click "Buy Now" to reserve your place.




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:






What Is Zen?

Treetop’s Peter Seishin Wohl introduces Zen in this two-part dharma talk.

What Is Zen? (part 1)

What Is Zen? (part 2)