In 1972 Green Gulch Farm became part of the San Francisco Zen Center, a non-profit religious organization dedicated to the practice and study of Zen Buddhism in the Soto Zen lineage as conveyed by its founding teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Situated on the coast of Marin, on an inholding of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Green Gulch includes seven acres of certified organic mixed vegetable fields, fruit trees, and flower gardens, all of which are open to visitors year-round.
We begin taking applications in June and will continue to accept applications until we have a full cohort of applicants, but generally applications should be in by mid-January for the following season’s Apprenticeship Program (April-October). We are sorry not to be able to respond to application inquiries from February through May.
Please read and be familiar with all the information on the web site related to the Program before applying.
Our Work Practice Apprentice Program offers three- and six-month programs to those interested in beginning or continuing residential Zen practice with the support of a community. Work Practice Apprentices participate in the daily life of Green Gulch, which includes several periods of zazen (sitting meditation), services (sutra chanting), assignment to a work crew, informal study and meals.