REOPENING DATES & PROTOCOLS

SONOMA MOUNTAIN ZEN CENTER IS REOPENING

Because of the engagement and support of our sangha, we have been privileged to maintain our zazen practice and programs online during the pandemic. We now stand at the door of reopening. We trust that with careful implementation we can do so safely, and once again offer this profound and ancient practice on Sonoma Mountain.

We have worked diligently to plot out a safe and secure path to reopening this summer and fall. To that end, we are tracking state and county covid positivity and case rates to help us target reopening dates. These dates may change depending on the shifts in positivity and case rates in the next few months. We will continue our covid safety protocols: hand washing, wearing masks, social distancing, and ventilating indoor areas, but these may change depending on federal, state and county guidelines. As we ease back into our programs on site at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, we will continue trying to integrate online participation, such as keeping Zoom to our daily zazen schedule and Saturday program.

Check the website for updates and other details as we approach these reopening dates.

The worldwide pandemic has brought great suffering and loss over the last sixteen months and presented us with tremendous challenges at SMZC. We want to once again thank everyone for your generous support during this time and acknowledge the sacrifices made by our residents and staff. We look forward to reopening with excitement, gratitude and humility, and to continuing this deep lineage of practice on Sonoma Mountain for generations to come.

As you can see, capacity will be quite limited at first, so please watch our website for further details and instructions on how to register for participating on site in sesshin, ango, temple stay and daily practice.

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Chuck Tensan Ramey                                  Lizbeth Myoko Hamlin

President, Board of Trustees                         Secretary, Board of Trustees

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Reopening Dates & Protocols

August 1

SMZC will open to the public with limited programs and capacity for the fully vaccinated sangha. Programs offered will include morning and evening zazen, and ango for long-term residents and guests (1 to 6 months), as well as resident and volunteer programs with the following protocols:

  • Advance check-in and proof of vaccination required.

  • Maintain social distance (6’ minimum), hand washing, and wearing masks indoors.

  • For volunteers who are unvaccinated, only outdoor activities will be allowed.

  • Zendo capacity limited to 16 people.

  • Masks will be worn while chanting.

  • No meals will be eaten indoors.

  • Overnight stay is limited to long-term guests and ango/sesshin participants.

 

November 1

SMZC will expand reopening for the fully vaccinated sangha members with the following protocols:

  • Advance check-in and proof of vaccination required.

  • All programs will be offered: morning and evening zazen, Saturday program, sesshin, ango, and hosting.

  • For volunteers who are unvaccinated, only outdoor activities will be allowed.

  • Zendo capacity will increase to 24 people.

  • Masks will be worn while chanting.

  • Food service and meals will be allowed indoors.

  • Overnight stays will be allowed for all.