Five-Day Sesshin with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, GGF 11/12–11/17

Practice Center
Date / Time
Nov 12, 2024 / 4:00pm - Nov 17, 2024 / 2:00pm
Event Type
Sitting Meditation & Sesshins

Tuesday, November 12, 4 pm—Sunday, November 17, 2 pm

Sesshin, meaning "to gather, collect, and convey the mind-heart," is a traditional Soto Zen meditation retreat that includes formal zendo meals, Dharma talks, sitting and walking meditation, and private interviews with senior teachers.

In order to understand the nature of our formal retreats, and to be clear about the details of the practice, please review a typical sesshin schedule, as well as the guidelines for zendo conduct. We ask those who attend sesshin to commit to following these guidelines and to participating in the schedule completely.

If you have questions regarding the schedule or guidelines, please consult with the head of the meditation hall, the ino, via email ( before completing your registration.

The In-Person Sesshin is open to those who have experience with formal Zen practice, including at least two in-person One-Day Sittings at Green Gulch or City Center (or comparable experience and permission of sesshin leader).

Fee Information

Sesshin fees vary by housing requested. Housing preferences are handled on a “first come, first serve” basis.

  • Guest House, Single Room - $800 / SFZC Member - $720

  • Guest House, Shared Room - $650 per person / SFZC Member - $585 per person

  • Single student housing (as available) - $695

  • Shared student housing (as available) - $535

SFZC Members receive a 10% discount, as indicated. For additional discount options, please email us at

Meals are included in the cost of sesshin. Some meals might be eaten formally in the zendo meditation hall. Please bring your oryoki set. If you do not have a set, you can purchase one on arrival for an additional $55 Fee.

San Francisco Zen Center is committed to making Zen practice and the Dharma accessible to all who seek it by offering both a General support fund and a dedicated BIPOC support fund. Please email for more information BEFORE signing up.

Please register by Friday, November 1.

Registration Information
  1. Please fill out a sesshin registration form.
  2. After reviewing the registration form and determining the number of spaces available in the sesshin, the Ino will confirm by sending a letter of acceptance by email.
  3. The final steps to complete the registration and payment via the SFZC website will be provided in the acceptance email sent by the Ino.

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