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.

Weekend Sesshin at Ryumonji Monastery

Friday, May 18, 7:00 P.M. – Sunday, May 20, 1:00 P.M.

Led by Shoken Winecoff, Joen O’Neal, and Michael O’Neal.

Location is in northeastern Iowa.

Fee due in advance: members $150, non-members $175 (includes meals and lodging).

“Sesshin” means “to gather the mind,” and the term is used to describe a multi-day period of dedicated zen practice. To register for this retreat, call the Center at (612) 781-7640 well in advance.

Day of Zen Practice

Saturday, April 14, 7:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Led by Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. The day will include sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma talk, body practice, and a work period. There will also be an opportunity to meet with a teacher. Includes vegetarian breakfast and lunch.

Fee: $40 (members $35).

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.