One of three establishments that make up the San Francisco Zen Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center is a Buddhist practice center in Marin County in North San Francisco, California, that offers teachings and practice in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition. Also known as Green Dragon Temple (Soryu-ji), Green Gulch Farm Zen Center was founded by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi with the aim of creating awareness about the bodhisattva spirit, the spirit of kindness and practical helpfulness.

Nestled in a valley that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, Green Gulch Farm features a variety of facilities, including a guest house with comfortable accommodations, a modern conference center, an organic farm and garden that produces homegrown fruit and vegetables used in the kitchen, and a temple program of Zen and study.

Green Gulch Farm Zen Center is ideally located for enjoying the peace and tranquility of the surrounding environment or exploring the beautiful surroundings of Muir Beach, CA, which is just a 20-minute walk away, and the nearby Muir Woods National Monument, which boast miles of hiking and walking trails.

1.Rooms & Suites

Rooms & Suites
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Green Gulch Farm Zen Center provides comfortable accommodations to those guests who are participating in any of the programs at the retreat. Private guest bedrooms are available in a variety of locations around the property, including in the Lindisfarne Guest House, the Wheelwright Center and Still Water Hall. Bedrooms are uniquely decorated with comfortable beds, clean linen and pillows, and private or shared bathrooms with toilets and showers.

The Lindisfarne Guest House is a distinctive, two-story Japanese-style building with 12 beautifully appointed guest rooms surrounding a 30-foot sky-lit atrium. Beneath the skylight of the atrium is an attractive lounge where guests can relax with a book or glass of wine by the central wood-burning stove and the entire building is heated with a passive solar system. Guest rooms in the Lindisfarne Guest House are simply yet comfortably furnished, with large windows that boast beautiful views of the landscaped gardens. Bedrooms feature large double beds in clean linens, shared bathrooms with a centrally located shower and access to the guest house’s kitchen, which offers fresh baked bread and jams, seasonal fruit, and coffee and tea throughout the day. A separate building houses a sauna with an additional set of showers for guests to use.

The Wheelwright Center houses four well-appointed guest rooms located directly across from the dining room in the central area of the Center. Suitable for families and wheelchair accessible, two of the rooms can be combined to become a large suite, the third room has a private entrance and a shared bathroom, and a fourth room has a private bathroom with a shower.

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2.Restaurants / Room Service

Restaurants / Room Service
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Guests staying at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center can enjoy wholesome vegetarian meals that are prepared fresh and served three times daily. Delicious cuisine is prepared using organic, locally sourced ingredients hand grown in extensive organic vegetable gardens on the property. The center offers a vegetarian menu of meals that include dairy, and eggs, however, special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.

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3.Amenities/Recreational Activities

Amenities/Recreational Activities
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Green Gulch Farm features a variety of amenities and facilities, including a modern conference center and retreat center surrounded by hundreds of acres of rolling landscapes that provide a picturesque environment for conferences, seminars, and workshops for groups of up to 30 delegates.

An organic farm and garden produce homegrown fruit and vegetables used in the kitchen to create delicious vegetarian meals, as well as a nursery, which offers classes in flower arranging, organic gardening, herb culture, and pruning throughout the year. Green Gulch also offers a horticultural apprenticeship in organic farming each summer. A traditional Japanese teahouse offers weekly tea classes in the Urasenke tradition, as well as private viewings of the teahouse and traditional tea ceremonies.

A variety of courses, workshops, and discussions in Buddhist philosophy and practice is offered on various days throughout the week at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center's Mountain Gate Study Center, and traditional Zen meditation retreats are held at the Zendo, including some designed especially for families.

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4.Conference Facilities

Conference Facilities
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Green Gulch Farm Conference, and Retreat Center boasts a serene environment for conferences, business meetings, seminars, and workshops of up to 30 delegates. The Center offers modern meeting facilities with comfortable seating, state-of-the-art technology, and catering services which include delicious vegetarian meals and supported by an attentive staff.

The Conference and Retreat Center features three well-maintained and versatile meeting facilities, namely The Wheelwright Center, The Yurt, and Still Water Hall. The Wheelwright Center is surrounded by a beautiful redwood grove and comfortably accommodates up to 30 people in a cozy room heated by a wood-burning stove. The Yurt is a comfortable multi-purpose round room with high ceilings that can hold up to 30 delegates in a classroom style, and Still Water Hall caters for up to 40 guests in a classroom-style configuration.

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5.Special Programs

Special Programs
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On the first Sunday of every month, Green Gulch Farm offers special family and youth programs, including activities such as yoga, mindfulness, seasonal farm projects, contemplative handwork, and ritual. Participating families can also enjoy the farmers' market outside the Zendo, as well as tea, coffee, and freshly baked muffins.

300 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, Phone: 415-863-3136

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