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 Zen for Beginners 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, samu (work practice) and rest periods and meal breaks. 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.
Dates for 2014:
November 14-16, 2014
February 6-8, 2015
Cost: (payable with registration)
Single room $ 280 (members) $ 295 (non-members)
Double room $ 240 (members) $ 255 (non-members)
Triple/quad room: $210 (members) $ 225 (non-members)
These costs cover our payment to the retreat house only.
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 deadline is the Tuesday before each Sesshin; after that, there will be an additional late registration fee of $50.
Cancellation fee (requested by the retreat house):
$25 (unless a replacement is found)
Anytime after 3 pm. Dinner is at 6 pm.
1-2 pm on Sunday. Van to train at 1:45 pm.
Travel directions and train schedule will be e-mailed upon receipt of registration form and check. Please click here to access the Weekend Retreat Registration Form (please print out and, after completed, mail or deliver to Zendo)