About MBZ

The Morgan Bay Zendo offers an opportunity for people to practice Buddhist meditation whatever their background or faith may be. The Zendo offers weekly meditation periods, retreats, and other events year-round. Please refer to the calendar for more information. The meditation practice includes elements from Zen, Ch'an and Vipassana schools of Buddhism.

A non-profit corporation, the Zendo's activities are managed by the Zendo Sangha and Board. Formerly known as Moonspring Hermitage, it was founded by Walter Nowick in 1971. When he stopped teaching in 1985, the center was renamed and reincorporated as the Morgan Bay Zendo. "A Brief History of Moonspring Hermitage" was published in 2009. To obtain a copy please email us at info@MorganBayZendo.org. The cost is $14 plus $3 S/H.

The Zendo is located in the coastal town of Surry, Maine. In addition to the meditation hall itself, there is a complex of buildings, housing a meeting hall, kitchen, apartment, showers, and toilets. Four small cabins and a field for tent camping are located within a short distance of the main buildings and provide sleeping accommodations during retreats. A pond, moss garden, and wooded paths complement the facilities. Improvements are ongoing and are undertaken largely by volunteers.

Board of Trustees

  • Hugh Curran
  • Susan Guilford
  • Nancy Hathaway
  • Lee Lehto
  • Monica McAndrews
  • Dana Polojarvi
Advisory Committee
  • Bruce Kantner 
  • Lee Lehto
  • Alice Lichtenstein 
  • Charles Munitz, chair 
  • Denis Sweet 
  • John Yasenchek 
  • Cheryl Ikemiya


The Morgan Bay Zendo    532 Morgan Bay Road    Surry, Maine 04684  info@morganbayzendo.org

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