About SFZC Public Programs, Fees, and Cancellations

About SFZC Public Programs

San Francisco Zen Center Programs responds to the needs of an increasingly volatile, uncertain, and complex world by offering nourishing and supportive programs that inspire personal and spiritual development. We are finding new ways to offer Zen practice to an ever-widening circle of practitioners, as well as reaching outside of our circle to engage with contemplative practices offered by leaders in movement arts, creative expression, and social justice movements.

Fees and Pricing Criteria (Online)

Many SFZC offerings and programs have tiered pricing options. We encourage the general admission tier as it offers the teacher the most generous compensation for their teachings and it allows us to continue offering programs such as these.

At the same time, we recognize that the affordability of the general admission price is not to be taken for granted. As San Francisco Zen Center is committed to making Zen practice and the Dharma accessible to all who seek it, we have both a General support fund and a dedicated BIPOC support fund available. If you are interested, please email supportfunds@sfzc.org for more information BEFORE signing up.


In-Person Programs

  • 15 days or more in advance of the program: Refund with $20 cancellation fee
  • 14 – 8 days in advance: 50% of event registration is refunded
  • 7 days or less in advance: No refund applies.

Online Programs

  • We offer a full refund for cancellations made within 24 hours of purchase.
  • If you cancel up to 5 days in advance: A $20 cancellation fee applies.
  • If you cancel 4 days or less before an event: No refund applies.