Salt Spring Zen Circle’s 2017 Autumn Study Retreat

October 19 – 22

to be held at the

Salt Spring Centre of Yoga

lotusOVERVIEW: Salt Spring Zen Circle’s study retreat includes periods of zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), dharma talk, and exploring traditional zen texts and themes through presentation, discussion groups, and practicing Dogen’s study of the self in several traditional and creative ways. Some private meetings with the teacher may be offered.

SCHEDULE: The retreat begins at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening with an introductory teaching followed by zazen and kinhin. Practice will conclude at 9:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, periods of meditation and study will be scheduled throughout the day from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (TBA). There will be optional meditation periods before the official start of each day, and after dinner, which will be discussed the first evening. After morning practice, the retreat concludes after lunch on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

MEALS: Three lunch meals will be provided by the SSCY for a total cost of $25, which is included in your registration fee. We will all eat lunch together on site in traditional oryoki style. Oryoki sets and instruction will be provided.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own breakfast and dinner which may be eaten on or off-site. We will provide suggestions and details about food options, including restaurants and where to purchase food, so please keep an eye open for future emails on the subject once your registration has been confirmed. You may purchase breakfast and/or dinner at the Centre. Please contact Raquel at for details. In order for the cook to plan, please let them know 2 weeks in advance of the retreat.

FEE: Fee for the retreat, including the three lunches, is on a sliding scale, from $160 to $190. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

NB: Please note that these fees do not include remuneration for the teacher. In Zen tradition, the teacher receives donations through the practice of dana (a monetary offering in the spirit of generosity and mutual giving, where the teacher provides the teachings and practice, and participants provide an offering to help support the teacher and her or his dependents. All amounts are entirely voluntary and gratefully received.)

ACCOMMODATIONS: A limited number of off-site billets will be available; please let us know right away if you need billeting, which will be on a first-come, first- served basis.

Staying at the SS Center of Yoga: Participants wanting to stay at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga during the retreat may find out the details of this option by contacting the Centre directly. Please write to Raquel at

PAYMENT OF FEES: Retreat fee payment may be completed through PayPal, using your PayPal account or credit card, or by cheque.

PAYMENT THROUGH PAYPAL ACCOUNT: Please click on the PayPal link at the bottom of the registration form, sign into your account, select “Send Money” and direct your payment to our email address: SSZCreg@gmail.c

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT: If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can still use PayPal to pay the registration fee securely with your credit card. Just click on the PayPal link at the bottom of the registration form and follow the instructions for non-PayPal members using credit cards.

PAYMENT BY CHEQUE: To pay by cheque, please make your cheque payable to “Salt Spring Zen Circle” and mail it to:

Salt Spring Zen Circle
Box 235
Ganges, BC
V8K 2V9



CANCELLATION POLICY: If your plans change and you are not able to attend the retreat, your payment will be returned in full, provided we hear from you by October 1, 2016. After that date, if we are unable to fill your spot, we will retain a cancellation fee of $30.


Please direct questions regarding registration to our Registrars, Michelle Reed at or Ann Colburn, at

Please direct questions regarding the retreat itself to our Retreat Steward, Geoff Fishleigh,