3-Day Online Sesshin with Eihei Peter Levitt and Salt Spring Zen Circle 

October 28 – 31, 2021

   Enlightenment for Beginners

                                                               © Koya Shosei         

Start: Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6:45pm 

End: Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 3:30pm

Location: Online via Zoom (link to be sent with registration)

When Peter was asked what he would like to say about the theme of our Autumn sesshin – Enlightenment for Beginners – he enthusiastically responded, with a twinkle in his voice, “Doesn’t it sound good!?” ….. Ahhhh, enough said.

You are warmly invited to join the Salt Spring Zen Circle in this 3-day online Zen retreat taught by our founding teacher Eihei Peter Levitt. Our retreat days have been designed to allow not only a substantial immersion in formal practice just like at an in-person sesshin, but also to leave room and flexibility for your home life.  

Retreat details are below. Please read all the way through for important information regarding retreat format and find the registration link at the bottom. 


Thursday Evening 

6:45pm Check in and orientation 

7:15-8:25pm Periods of zazen and kinhin 

8:25pm Chants/refuges 


7:00-8:30am Zazen, kinhin, zazen, service, meal chant 

[Breakfast on your own] 

10:00am-12:10pm Zazen, kinhin, zazen, Dharma talk, service, meal chant [Afternoon open for lunch, personal practice, exercise, work period, study] 4:00-5:40pm Tea with Teacher, zazen, kinhin, zazen, service 

[Dinner on your own] 

7:15-8:25pm Zazen, kinhin, zazen, refuges 


Morning schedule the same as Saturday

12:10pm Lunch on your own 

1:30-2:40pm Zazen, kinhin, zazen 

2:40-3:30pm Final circle and closing 

A more specific schedule will be provided on confirmation of successful registration. 

DOKUSAN (private teacher interviews) 

Our teacher, Peter Levitt will be offering private interviews (dokusan) to attendees during sesshin. A link will be provided in the registration confirmation email to allow you to request dokusan with Peter. 


In addition to the registration fee, participants are requested to offer a donation (dana) to the teacher. Information about dana will be provided in the registration form.


Registration fees for the sesshin are on a sliding scale from $75-$200. 

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you need to make alternative fee arrangements, please contact registrar Koya Clare Mathias at