These retreats are open to community members as well as others who have had some experience with Buddhist practice and meditation. Each retreat offers an extended opportunity to settle the mind and body and open to the deep wisdom of human life. These retreats are excellent opportunities to strengthen and deepen the practice of presence, including benefiting from the support of others.

Practice Period at Hokyoji

Located in southeastern Minnesota (directions)

Seven-day practice period: Monday Aug. 28, 5:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 4, 2:00 P.M.

Sesshin only: Friday Sept. 1, 7:00 P.M.–Monday Sept. 4, 2:00 P.M.

Fee: $65/night (members $55/night)

Led by Joen Snyder O'Neal, Michael O'Neal, and resident priest Dokai Georgesen. This practice period offers participants an opportunity to practice mindfulness in a variety of forms over the course of seven days. It will include sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, study time, yoga and mindful movement, deep relaxation, vegetarian meals, work practice, and dharma discussion. There will be opportunities for individual meetings with teachers. This is a wonderful practice opportunity— register early to reserve a place. If you are interested in this event but have not attended a Compassionate Ocean sangha retreat in the past, please call.

Weekend Sesshins at Compassionate Ocean

Friday, Sept. 29, 7:00 P.M.-Sunday, Oct. 1, Noon
Friday, Nov. 10, 7:00 P.M.-Sunday, Nov. 12, Noon

Led by Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Sesshin means "to gather the heart-mind." Includes sitting and walking meditation, chanting services, Dharma talk, and formal meals. Register at least one week in advance.

Fee: $60 (members $50) (includes meals).

Registration Information

Early registration is encouraged. You may print and mail the registration form or register online  (in the Program Fees section).  If this will be your first sangha retreat with Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center, please call the Center in advance. Partial participation in multi-day retreats is possible–please call to discuss.