Overnight retreats for intensive Zen practice, called sesshin, take place from two to several times a year at retreat centers in the area. Upcoming sesshins are announced in advance through our email mailing list. Please join our email list if you are interested in these retreat announcements.
They are a powerful way to take the next step in Zen, and to connect to the power, strength, and support of the community.
Our next residential retreat will take place at Mercy by the Sea, Madison, CT on December 15-18, 2022. Registration closed November 24.
In 2023, GBZC will offer 3-day residential retreats April 20-23 and October 6-9 and a week-long residential retreat July 14-21. We will also offer a December Rohatsu retreat, but have not yet set the dates or location. We are also changing our venue: The Retreats Working Group has determined that the facilities offered for rent by the Providence Zen Center in Cumberland RI are more suited to our needs. Scholarships will be available, and carpooling from the Boston area will be coordinated.
If you are considering coming to your first sesshin, please talk to any of our teachers–especially if you’re feeling daunted or intimidated by the prospect. (Sesshin are much more survivable than you may imagine!)
Sesshins are also posted on our calendar.