Weekend Retreat (Sesshin)

Our twice-annual weekend retreat is open to the general public, both to those currently engaged in a Zen practice or those wishing to renew their commitment, as well as to those who have had no prior experience but wish to be introduced to the Zen.

Practitioners new to our sangha will receive a brief introduction to our zendo on Friday evening. Those with no prior Zen experience will take part in the Intro to Zen component, receiving instruction and ongoing support during the weekend from one of our teachers; they will also have the option of taking on a lighter sitting schedule.

The weekend, which begins on Friday evening with dinner at 6pm and ends after lunch on Sunday, consists of zazen (sitting meditation), kin-hin (walking meditation), two dharma talks, a chanting service, rest periods, and meals. Daisan, or dokusan, a meeting with one of our teachers, is available for all those who attend the sesshin.

The retreat is held at the Garrison Institute, located on the banks of the Hudson River in Garrison, N.Y., one hour north of the George Washington Bridge. Metro North trains from Grand Central Station in NYC afford public transport to Garrison Landing, with complimentary van service to and from the retreat house.

The rooms are singles, doubles, or triples/quads with varying rates. The gracious atmosphere and lovely grounds, along with 6 excellent vegetarian meals that are made, whenever possible, with local ingredients, and a welcoming staff make the Garrison Institute an ideal location for our retreats. The Institute web site has further information along with a photo guide to the facility.

If you have any questions about the retreat, please don't hesitate to call or email us and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

General Information

Next dates:
November 18-20, 2016 & February 10-12, 2017

Cost: (payable with registration)
Single room: $310 (members);?$325 (non-members)
Double room: $270 (members); $285 (non-members)
Triple/quad room: $230 (members); $245 (non-members)
Financial assistance is available to members.

If you wish to add a donation to help cover costs incurred by Still Mind Zendo, as well as the costs of offering financial assistance for those who need it, we would be most grateful. Just add the amount you wish to donate to your registration check. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Registration Deadline: The deadlines to register are November 11 and February 3. After that, there will be an additional late registration fee of $20. If registering the day before sesshin (Thursday), the late fee rises to $50.

Arrival time:
Friday, anytime after 3 pm. Dinner is usually at 6 pm.

Departure time:
Sunday between 12 and 1 pm. Van to train at 12:45 pm.

Please print and fill out this Weekend Retreat Registration Form. Mail it with your payment, or deliver to the zendo. Travel directions and train schedule will be e-mailed upon receipt of registration form and check.

To go to the Garrison Institute web site click here.