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.

Day of Mindfulness

When: Saturday, April 15, 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Where: Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center
Fee: $30 (members $25). Includes 1 meal.
Description: Led by Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal.

This day will include sitting and walking meditation, yoga practice, body scan, and a Dharma talk. Includes vegetarian lunch.

Zen Meditation as World Transformation

When:Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 P.M. – Saturday, May 20, 5:00 P.M
Where: Clouds in Water Zen Center, 445 Farrington Street · St. Paul, Minnesota 55103
Fee: $175 early bird discount until March 31st. $225 after March 31st.
Description: Led by Tenshin Reb Anderson

Visit Clouds in Water for more information about the Sesshin and to register.

Weekend Sesshin at Ryumonji Monastery

When: Friday, , June 16, 7:00 P.M.-Sunday, June 18, 1:00 P.M
Where: Ryumonji Monastery in northeastern Iowa (travel directions)
Fee: Fee due in advance: members $125, non-members $150 (includes meals and lodging).
Description: Led by Shoken Winecoff, Joen Snyder O'Neal, and Michael O'Neal.

To register for this retreat, call the Center at (612) 781-7640 in advance.

Sesshin means "to gather or collect the mind." Includes sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, formal meals, work practice, and chanting liturgy. Register at least one week in advance.


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.