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One-Day Retreat – Dirt Zendo or Cloud Zendo

Zazen & Chanting - Cloud Zendo
Awakening to Whiteness Series - ONLINE


A Zen retreat can be a life-changing experience. At a retreat we pay mindful attention throughout the day to our meditation, our breath, chanting, silent work, and a silent meal. We slow down, but in the midst of discipline, our minds and bodies have a chance to catch up with each other.

Bright Way Zen holds one-day retreats several times a year. Please visit the Event Calendar for more information on them.

♦ Feel free to join us for any part of the schedule.

♦ Registration is required for any in-person participation (so we don’t have keep checking COVID vaccination status of people who arrive, scroll down to the form at the bottom of this page). CHECK OUR COVID UPDATES PAGE before registering for in-person attendance, or before showing up at the Dirt Zendo.

♦ If you are participating in the Cloud Zendo, registering is optional, but doing so may help you stay committed to the retreat container; you may want to use the text field in the registration form to describe how you will participate.

Join us in the Dirt Zendo

Click here to learn more about our Dirt Zendo. Please see our COVID updates page for more instructions.

Registration is necessary for in-person participation, even if it is only part-time (so we don’t have keep checking COVID vaccination status of people who arrive).

Please maintain silence from the time you arrive for the retreat until the closing circle at 3:30pm, with the exception of brief, quiet exchanges as necessary to communicate what’s going on.

Part-time participation is acceptable, just come and go as quietly as possible.

♦ If you will be joining us for lunch, bring your own food (vegetarian only please).

♦ Be prepared for a work assignment if you are staying for the work period. We have different kinds of tasks to accommodate different abilities.

Join Us in the Cloud Zendo

♦ For information about how to join us online through Zoom please click here.

♦ If you live alone or your family members/housemates are agreeable, consider maintaining silence throughout the retreat schedule. It is also highly recommended you take yourself “offline” for the duration – no computer use (except for the retreat Zoom), no social or mass media, and put your phone on airplane mode or turn it off.

Retreat ScheduleClick Here for a Printable Copy

Full time attendance is a valuable practice, but you are welcome to arrive and leave at any point in the schedule.

NEW: 7:30am …….Zazen (seated meditation)
NEW: 7:55 …………Posture Adjustment
NEW: 7:20 …………Kinhin (slow walking meditation) – walk slowly, one half-footstep per breath, back and forth between two points.
8:30am …….Zazen
8:55 …………Posture Adjustment
9:20 …………Chanting Service (In the Cloud Zendo, chant along but keep yourself muted; it doesn’t work to chant together on Zoom. Click here for a copy of the chanting service.)

9:50 ……….Break – maintain silence and mindfulness
10:15 ……..Silent Work 

In the Dirt Zendo: Please accept a work assignment, and work silently and mindfully. Work until the bell rings to end the work period.
In the Cloud Zendo: Choose something simple, physical, and restorative to do, like cleaning, sewing, gardening. Also take this time to prepare your lunch. Set a timer for yourself so you can work without looking at the clock. When the timer goes off, immediately stop your work and clean up.

11:15 ……….End Work/Break – give yourself time to wrap up/clean up your work and prepare yourself mentally and physically for zazen

11:30 ……….Zazen
11:55 ……….Kinhin
12:30 ……….End Zazen/Meal Prep – go get your lunch, come back and sit down, wait in silence for meal chant to begin.
12:35 ……….Silent Formal Lunch Click here for a copy of our meal chant.

1:00 …………Rest period – spend this time doing something very quiet and relaxing – take a nap or a leisurely walk, read some Dharma material, or just sit in the sun (or listen to the rain).

2:15 …………Afternoon Recitation Click here for a copy of the afternoon recitation.
2:30 …………Zazen
2:55 …………Kinhin

3:05 …………Zazen
3:30 …………Retreat Closing – 
Dirt & Cloud Zendo participants meet together to greet one another and reflect on the day
4:00 …………Retreat Ends


Retreat Cost

Suggested contribution for a one-day retreat is $15-$25, but we will not turn anyone away for lack of funds, so please pay what you can (according to our Suggestion Contribution policy). If you only attend part of the day, donate as you feel is appropriate.

Retreat Registration

Submit registration below. Registration is required for in-person participation, whether full or part time. Registration is optional for online participation.

Paypal link for retreat if you would like to pay ahead of time:

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us.



Zazen & Chanting - Cloud Zendo
Awakening to Whiteness Series - ONLINE

You can join us in our Cloud Zendo (Zoom) or Dirt Zendo (our physical space). Everyone attending the Dirt Zendo needs to submit proof of full vaccination, including at least one booster shot. Masks are optional but we support your choice to wear one.

Before attending one of our meetings in person, see our COVID updates page for more instructions. See our Online Practice page for how to join us in the Cloud Zendo.

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