Week Retreat (Sesshin)
This week-long extended retreat takes place at Seven Meadows Farm, owned and operated by Roshi Janet and Sensei Gregory, 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.
Sunday, June 4 – Saturday, June 10 (registration deadline: May 20)
Saturday, June 24 – Friday, June 30 (registration deadline: June 3)
The retreat begins at 4 pm 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: $480 members; $560 non-members (financial assistance is available to members)
Deposit: $150 members; $200 non-members
Strict registration deadline: May 20 for first sesshin, June 3 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 this Week Retreat registration form and mail in with payment. Call us at 212-414-3128 if you have any questions. Early registration is recommended due to the limited number of spaces available.