Week Retreat (Sesshin)
This week-long extended retreat takes place at Seven Meadows Farm, owned and operated by Senseis Gregory and Janet, and is open to members of Still Mind Zendo as well as non-members who are experienced Zen practitioners (see below). Each sesshin is limited to 15 participants and is offered twice each summer to accommodate as many people as possible. Our teachers are present for each one.
Each day begins at 5.00 am and closes at 9:30 pm. During the day there are several periods of zazen & walking meditation, a daily dharma talk, daisan (private meeting with a teacher), work practice, meals, and time for rest and exercise. Silence is maintained throughout.
The Farm is located in the Hudson Valley, about 2 hours from New York, with bus service from Port Authority to the nearby town of New Paltz and plane connections to nearby Stewart Airport in Newburgh (SMZ will pick you up). The zendo is located in a 150-year-old barn in the middle of hay fields, so one virtually sits “in nature” at all times. The Farm has two retreat cottages, each of which accommodates 4 people; other participants are housed in the farmhouse. All rooms are shared and both beds and futons are used. There is air conditioning in all rooms. Meals are prepared by participants, meal preparation being one of the foremost tasks of Zen work practice.
Due to the concentrated nature of a week-long sesshin, the teachers reserve the right to discuss with any registrant his or her readiness for this retreat. Applicants who do not normally sit with us are asked give some background information regarding their practice on the registration form.
May 31-June 6, 2015
June 14-20, 2015
The retreat begins at 4pm on Sunday and ends at noon on the following Saturday. Arrival is any time on Sunday. Arrangements can be made should you need to arrive a day earlier.
Cost: $475 members; $550 non-members (financial assistance is available to members)
Deposit: $150 members; $200 non-members
Strict registration deadline: May 22nd for first sesshin, June 5th for second sesshin. We regret that we cannot accept registrations after these dates. No exceptions.
Balance: To be paid at receipt of the Travel Information e-mail, sent about a month before sesshin begins.
Cancellation Policy: A total refund 4 weeks or more before; a total refund, minus deposit, if 1 to 3 weeks before; no refund the week of sesshin unless there is a replacement.
Registration or questions: Please print and complete the registration form below or call us at 212-414-3128 if you have any questions. Early registration is recommended due to the limited number of spaces available.
Registration Form for Week Sesshin 2015
Still Mind Zendo
Member of SMZ (includes Trial Membership) yes___ no___
Registering for May 31-June 6, 2015 retreat _____ June 14-20, 2015 retreat_____
Full amount enclosed $________
Deposit of $ 150 enclosed _______
I will be travelling from __________________________________
If you are not a student at Still Mind Zendo, please write a description of your practice experience below, which should include:
• How long you have been practicing Zen
• Practice center and/or name of practice center and Zen teacher (where applicable)
• Any other pertinent information you’d like to share
Please fill in this form and send with your check to:
Still Mind Zendo
Attention: Week Retreat
37 W. 17th St., 6th floor
New York, NY, 10011
Make checks payable to Still Mind Zendo.
Added information if you are not a practitioner at SMZ (see above):