Spring 2023 Seven-Day Sesshin, GGF 4/2 - 4/9 - registration closed

Practice Center
Date / Time
Apr 2, 2023 / 3:00pm - Apr 9, 2023 / 2:00pm
Event Type
Sitting Meditation & Sesshins

Registration forms and payment must be received before noon on Sunday, March 26.

Sunday, April 2, orientation at 3 pm – Sunday, April 9, closing at 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 (ggfino@sfzc.org) before completing your registration.

The Spring 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)
  • are fully vaccinated, including booster, for Covid-19
  • have a negative PCR result within 72 hours before arriving, and negative rapid antigen tests taken at Green Gulch upon arrival and on day 3 of the sesshin
  • agree to wear N95 or KN95 masks at all times when indoors at Green Gulch, including during zazen and service
Fee Information

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

  • Guest House, Single Room - $980
  • Guest House, Shared Room - $840 per person (this option only applies to partners or friends who register together for the sesshin with the intention of sharing a room with each other – Green Gulch will not be assigning people to room together at this time)

SFZC Members receive at 10% discount. For additional discount options, please email us at ggfino@sfzc.org.

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

To Register:

Registration is closed as of March 20, 2023.

  1. Please fill out a sesshin registration form.
  2. Please complete this vaccination form.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Sunday, March 26.

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