Completed Campaign Project: 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. 

Cloud Hall (Photo: Mason Smith)

Cloud Hall (Photo: Mason Smith)

As part Zen Center’s Widening the Circle Capital Campaign, Green Gulch Farm is undertaking a major renovation of Cloud Hall, the largest and most centrally located residential structure at Green Gulch. Adjacent to the Zendo, Cloud Hall houses up to 35 residential Zen practitioners, some of whom stay for a number of days or weeks, and some who are in residence for many years.

The building was originally built for agricultural use when the property was an early California cattle farm. It urgently needs to be upgraded, as much of the existing structure is unsound, uninsulated, and lacking sufficient and accessible facilities. The renovated Cloud Hall will include a heating system, sound insulation between rooms, improved fire safety, new electrical wiring and insulation. Its aim is to greatly improve the living conditions for students and guests while reducing environmental impact.

The remodeled Cloud Hall, which includes the existing attached structure known as the “bunkhouse” and office, will house the same student population as the existing building, with a mixture of single and shared rooms. It will also have additional bathrooms and provide improved disability access. The overall project will include a new multi-purpose program space for classes, retreats, and workshops that will be a little larger than the existing Wheelwright Center conference room. Cloud Hall will continue to provide rooms for senior teachers to have one-on-one discussions with students; function as a study hall during Zen retreats; and house the Kaisando, a small room with a memorial altar for Zen Center’s founder, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

Work begun in April 2014 and continued through August for the major part of Cloud Hall, and through December for the building replacing the bunkhouse.

We invite you to join us in our efforts to provide an environment in which Green Gulch Farm residents and guests are supported to practice, study, and lead healthy, balanced lives for the benefit of all beings.

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