In Northern California

Kendal and the San Francisco Zen Center have recently partnered to create a new type of community, designed for individuals 55 and over who wish to live and age together in an uplifting and enriching setting, with support for wellness, active engagement with the world, safety and continued learning. 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.

We are exploring sites within the Bay Area and within a development designed to meet the highest level of environmental responsibility. A team of professionals—including Greenbrier, a senior housing development company, architects, land-use experts, staff and board members from San Francisco Zen Center and Kendal, as well as financing partners—is fully engaged in developing a program that will be attractive to a diverse community.

Residents will be invited to practice meditation in the centrally located meditation hall with Senior Zen practitioners, who will be in residence. Residents will have access to classes, workshops and retreats and will have the opportunity 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.

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

Initial surveys and research indicate a strong interest in this community. More detailed research will be conducted in the coming months to learn how best to meet the desires of the intended population, including the preferred sizes and mixes of residences, desired amenities and financial options.

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