Retreat daily schedule

A Zen meditation retreat (Sesshin, literally “touching the heart”) is held in silence and consists of multiple twenty-five minute periods of seated meditation with walking meditation in between.

The practice also includes:​​

  • daily Zen talks
  • optional one-on-one meetings with a teacher
  • work practice and personal time

Both the two-day and five-day Sesshins include introductions to Zen practice and welcome newcomers to meditation as well as longtime meditators. Sesshin enables you to intensify your Zen practice. The community of meditators and the teachers will guide and support you during this process.

Sample daily schedule

6:00 am Wake-up call /
Arrival for commuters
6:30 am Zazen with dokusanPersonal meeting with the teacher (optional)
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am SamuSelfless work practice such as drying dishes after the meals or brushing the mats and cushions
10:00 am Coffee/tea
11:00 am ZazenSeated meditation (on cushions, sitting benches or chairs)
12:30 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Zazen with dokusan
3:30 pm Coffee/tea
4:00 pm Zazen
4:30 pm TeishoDharma talk (Zen talk)
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Zazen


It is only when we silence the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.
-K.T. Jong