A Zen Inspired Senior Living Community emphasizing living

Kendal and San Francisco Zen Center have partnered to create a new type of community, designed for older adults who wish to live and age together in an uplifting and enriching setting, with support for wellness, active engagement with the world, meditation and continued learning.

Why a Zen Inspired Senior Living Community?

San Francisco Zen Center and Kendal have joined together to create a community that is rooted in the values of wisdom and compassion. Daily meditation practice will be available to you — but not required. However, we will offer you opportunities to learn more about the practice of meditation and the benefits it can offer you at this stage of your life. You don’t need to have experience meditating to live here. You simply need to want to be more present and relaxed, surrounded by a community of people like you facing the aging process with joy, curiosity and equanimity.

Site selected

We are pleased to report that we have secured a site that is well-suited to our new Zen Inspired Senior Living Community in Healdsburg, in the Sonoma wine country. After an intensive process of due diligence over several months, we recently signed an agreement to purchase 15 acres from the landowner, who shares our vision for the community.

A ‘first of its kind’ community

Kendal and San Francisco Zen Center are committed to creating a community rooted in the fundamental values of kindness and compassion and to building residences with a simple, beautiful aesthetic yet following the ecological principles of “living lightly on the land.” The community will be designed to meet the highest level of environmental standards while maintaining high standards of design and simplicity. A team of professionals—including architects, land-use experts, staff and board members from San Francisco Zen Center and Kendal—are fully engaged in developing a program that will be attractive to a diverse community. The community, which will nurture the practices of meditation and mindfulness, will be part of the Kendal System, designed for a diverse population with wide-ranging needs and interests, and operated with a spirit of inclusion. A variety of wellness and fitness programs will be provided, and community members will organize virtually all aspects of social, cultural, intellectual and spiritual life.

Residents will be invited to practice meditation in the centrally located meditation hall with Senior Zen Center practitioners, who will be in residence. Residents will also have access to classes, workshops and retreats and will have opportunities to garden and cook together.

While the community will not be strictly vegetarian, an important aspect of community life will be a dining venue inspired by Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, which was started over 40 years ago by San Francisco Zen Center. Our aim is to include organic, local and seasonal greens and vegetables in the meals that are served in this new community.

The community will be designed to encourage aging in place. Assisted Living and Memory Support programs will be available for residents, if needed.

We are now in the process of finalizing our plans for this community and developing informational materials. Soon we will start scheduling seminars to provide interested parties with more specifics about our plans. We hope to begin construction in 2020 and anticipate opening in fall 2022. Meanwhile, we will post news here about ongoing developments as it becomes available.

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