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Community Overview

Activities abound wherever you go

Live now. Live here. Enso Village is a Zen-inspired Life Plan Community that is currently being developed in Healdsburg, CA, with a focus on mindful aging, the joys of nature, environmental stewardship, contemplative care and healthy life choices for adults 60+.

Set amid the hills and vineyards of Sonoma County, Enso Village is a collaboration between the San Francisco Zen Center, a landmark of American Zen practice, and Kendal Corporation, a visionary provider of retirement community services founded on Quaker principles.

A community like no other.

Enso Village is destined to become a community unlike any other as it will be rooted in the fundamental values of kindness and abiding presence—emphasizing spiritual as well as physical well-being as well as in the Quaker tradition of peace, sustainability, inclusion and respect for every individual.

From its parent organizations, Enso Village will inherit a core philosophy that focuses on personal growth, community engagement, finding the good in every person and the joy in every moment. From its dining partner, the award-winning Greens Restaurant, Enso Village will present a creative and ever-changing menu of freshly-prepared meals, sourcing local ingredients including some grown in our own gardens. But it’s from you and others who share your outlook, that this community will derive its special energy.

Open to all who are open to life.

While Zen practice is welcome here, so are all faiths and philosophies. Enso Village is open to all who are open to aging mindfully and living joyfully in a beautiful and sustainably-designed environment. From gardens to kitchens to meditation spaces and even in its assisted living and memory care residences, Enso Village will inspire a spirit of connection, compassion and mutual respect that embraces residents of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Why a Zen-inspired community?

We have always been a generation of seekers; curious and actively questioning. Zen as it has traveled from India, to China, to Japan and now here to the West, has provided a steady basis of silent meditation and teachings for 2,500 years that allow us to respond to our environment in an awake and skillful way.

We see no reason to be any less engaged now in the investigation of what contributes to a healthy and fulfilled life. A Zen-inspired retirement community will nurture this curiosity, foster mindful living and offer opportunities for personal growth among people and spiritual teachers who want to make meaningful and authentic connections.


Other offerings and opportunities.

Currently it is estimated that Enso Village will include 220 independent living, 30 assisted living, and 24 memory care residences. However, the program and architectural drawings are still evolving.

Amenities will include:

  • Greens-inspired Café/Bistro
  • Restaurant
  • Private Dining
  • Alfresco Dining
  • Zendo Meditation Hall
  • Tea Room
  • Makers Space
  • Performance Venue
  • 15-Acre Campus with Over Two Miles of Tranquil Paths
  • Indoor, Heated Pool and Hydrotherapy Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Room/Lawn
  • Acupuncture/Massage/Salon
  • Electric Car Charging Stations
  • Guest Suite

Enso Village is committed the attaining the highest possible standards for energy and environmental sustainability. We are exploring an action plan guided by Bioregional’s One Planet Living framework, which includes a commitment to extremely high environmental standards.

Programs & Activities

Here it begins.

In the heart of Sonoma’s wine country along the Russian River, Enso Village is set on fifteen acres of open space surrounded by gently sloping hills, vineyards and woodlands. Throughout our campus, a variety of recreational, wellness and fitness programs will be provided, and community members will organize virtually all aspects of social, cultural, intellectual and spiritual life.

Events and activities. Excursions and seminars. Performances, clubs and classes. Discussion forums and guest lectures. From your home at Enso Village, the world is yours to discover and explore.

In the spirit of resident engagement, Enso Villagers play an instrumental part in planning the programs they enjoy—sometimes literally when it comes to our musical performances. If there is something you long to see or hear or learn, you have the freedom to create it. Feel free to join in and transform your experience of aging.

Although this community is still in the development process, we are gathering interests from those who are depositors to ensure there is something for everyone. The following clubs and programs are anticipated at Enso Village and others are examples from other Kendal Affiliates:

Educational/Entertainment Events:

• Weekly Dharma Talks
• Daily Meditation
• Concerts and Performances
• Cultural Events and Outings
• Life Long Learning classes
• Current events discussion groups

Special Interest Groups:

• Contemplative Living Volunteer Groups
• Tea Ceremony
• Book Club
• Dharma Study Groups
• Pottery/Painting/Woodworking
• Photo/Camera Club
• Horticulture/Gardening
• Nature Conservancy
• Bonsai
• Writing and Poetry Groups
• Bridge, board and card games
• Travel Groups


• Hiking/Walking/Biking Groups
• Strength Training
• Tai Chi
• Yoga
• Support Groups
• Mindfulness Classes
• Aquatic Classes
• Vitalize 360 Coaching

Start your journey here.

Our staff is here to answer any questions or concerns you may have about life at Enso Village. Just leave your contact information and we’ll gladly reach out to help you.