Amida Buddha

PLEASE NOTE: At this time the Zen Center is closed due to the pandemic. We are not offering personal retreats until after we re-open.

Personal Retreats at the Vermont Zen Center are a wonderful way to combine quiet time and spiritual inspiration. Retreats are an opportunity to enjoy your own natural rhythms in an extraordinary setting. A retreat might include time for writing, meditation, yoga, study, reading, or simply quiet time away from the normal routines of your everyday life.

At the Zen Center, you will find a natural and contemplative environment conducive to rest and renewal. On your retreat, you are free to schedule your own time or, if you wish, we can provide suggestions for retreat schedules. You are always welcome to join our daily meditation sessions and seasonal gardening.

Those on personal retreat provide their own food and prepare their own vegetarian meals. Bedding is supplied. Retreatants may use the library, meditation room and other areas. We have a fine collection of books on Buddhism and Eastern spirituality as well as many audio tapes.

If you are interested in combining your retreat with a vacation in tropical paradise, you might consider a stay at our sister Center in Costa Rica, the Casa Zen.

Things to Know


Bathrooms are dormitory style; there are no rooms with private bathrooms. There is an ADA bedroom and bathroom which is usually available. 

What to Bring & What We Provide

Rates for Stays in the Zen Center

All rooms in the Zen Center are $50/day per person for stays of up to one week. Sorry, but we are unable to accept credit card payments for retreats. Payment must be made at the time of your visit by check, cash or money order. 

Visit Request Form

If you are interested in staying at the Center, please complete a Visit Request Form. You can also call the Center at (802) 985-9746 or send an e-mail to Ramiro Barrantes, our Guest Master, to inquire about room availability. The Center is closed periodically due to sesshin and ceremonies. Please check our retreat calendar for black-out dates and available days.