Retreats

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

April 8 – 11, 2021

Start: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:45pm 

End: Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 3:30pm

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

Cultivating the Way at Home 

In these extraordinary times, more than ever we are called to touch our heart-minds and deepen our practice right where we live—a call to return home, to our true home. Of course this is always the case, but due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, more of us have been confined to our physical abode. For many this has been very difficult, for some this has been a dream come true. For everyone, this is an unexpected change from our ordinary way. In this sesshin, Cultivating the Way at Home, we will practice what it means to really be at home and thereby deepen our ability to realize the Way right where we live. 

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, and experienced sangha members. 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. 

SCHEDULE SUMMARY: 

Thursday Evening 

6:45pm Check in and orientation 

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

8:25pm Chants/refuges 

Friday-Saturday 

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 

Sunday 

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, precise schedule will be provided with registration. 

DOKUSAN (Private 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. 

DANA AND FEES 

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 SLIDING SCALE FEES 

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 claremathias3@gmail.com.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER