Frequently Asked Questions

Will this community be for San Francisco Zen Center practitioners, residents, and teachers only?

Supporting a spirit of inclusion is a core value of this community. Therefore, everyone is welcome without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Kendal communities also operate in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Will long-term care be provided?

Yes. Currently assisted living and memory care programs are planned to meet the future long-term needs of residents.  It is anticipated that skilled nursing services will be coordinated for residents with local, high-quality providers. Every effort will be made to offer services in the home.


Where is the site?

The community will be in Sonoma County, in Healdsburg.


How many people will live in this community, and how many apartment homes will there be?

Currently it is estimated that the selected site can support between 200-250 apartments, 24 assisted living, and 30 memory support residences.  However, the program and architectural drawings are preliminary at this point.


Will residents be able to have pets? 

Yes, it will be a pet friendly community.


What amenities will be provided?

The specific amenities will be determined when the programming of the community is finalized. Information about amenities will be included in our ongoing communications about the project.


What opportunities will there be to integrate Zen practice into everyday life?

Daily sittings, classes, practice groups, lectures, and workshops will be available, although there will be no obligation to practice. There will be a meditation hall and retired Zen teachers will live in the community. In addition, it is anticipated that willing participants besides staff members (residents, for instance) will be trained in the practice of contemplative care.


What will be the price range of accommodations being offered?

There is not yet enough information about the size of the residences, and what is included in the program yet to provide a price range at this time. This information will be communicated as soon as more details emerge from programming and planning.

It is anticipated that this will be an entrance fee Life Plan Community. The entrance fee is likely to be largely repayable in the future. Also, residents will pay a monthly fee for their home and services in this not-for-profit community.


What is the energy and sustainability policy for the project?

We are exploring certification as a One Planet Community, which includes a commitment to extremely high environmental standards. To learn more about One Planet living, please see