Seven-Day Rohatsu Sesshin with Jiryu Rutschman-Byler, GGF 12/10 - 12/17

Practice Center
Date / Time
Dec 10, 2023 / 4:00pm - Dec 17, 2023 / 2:00pm
Event Type
Sitting Meditation & Sesshins

Registration forms and payment must be received before noon on Tuesday, November 21.

The sesshin will begin with a 4 pm orientation on Sunday, December 10 and will end around 2 pm on Sunday, December 17, 2023.

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 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 served” basis.

  • Guest House, Single Room - $1120 / SFZC Member - $1008
  • Guest House, Shared Room - $900 per person / SFZC Member - $810
  • Single student housing (as available) - $970
  • Shared student housing (as available) - $750

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

Meals are included in the cost of sesshin. However, since meals are eaten formally in the zendo meditation hall, you will need an oryoki set. If you do not have a set, you will need to purchase one on arrival for an additional $55.

Registration Information

Before registering, please review the Health and Safety Requirements.

To Register:

  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.

Registration forms and payment must be received before noon on Tuesday, November 21.

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