Campaign Projects: Green Gulch Farm
Cloud Hall Renovation
For 40 years, Green Gulch Farm has been a uniquely important place for Zen practice, intentional living, organic farming and gardening, and spiritual renewal.¬†
Zen Center is undertaking a major renovation and remodel of Cloud Hall, the largest and most centrally located residential structure at Green Gulch.
It urgently needs to be upgraded because much of the existing structure is unsound, unsafe, uninsulated and lacking sufficient and accessible facilities.
Cloud Hall houses up to 35 residential Zen practitioners‚ÄĒsome of whom stay for a few days or weeks, and some who are in residence for many years.¬†Cloud Hall also functions as an integral programmatic space of Green Gulch, housing the Kaisando, space for practice discussions and study groups.
Some of our key principles and aims in this project:
- improve accessibility, flow and delineation of public and private space
- accessible bathrooms
- new¬†multi-purpose program space for classes, retreats, and workshops
- sustainable, low-impact, healthy and beautiful materials
- comfortable, quiet residences
- integration with surrounding environment, rainwater capture, water conservation and efficient energy use
We have already raised $3 Million of the total goal of $4 Million, which funds both construction costs as well as the loss of income to support the residential community during construction.