Retreat Information

Zen Mindfulness Meditation retreats offer us the opportunity to deepen our meditation practice and strengthen the awareness we carry into our everyday activities by setting aside time away from work, family, and other commitments to simply sit in silent meditation.

The schedule consists of seated meditation; walking meditation; work practice; rest periods; lectures; and private meetings with the teacher. We offer several two day and one five day retreats each year.

During our  retreats, people who do not live within a 30-minute drive from the Center, sleep at the Center or are housed with our local members. They may also find accommodations on their own if they choose.

With all our retreats, we are flexible with the needs of individuals. If you have questions, contact the sesshin director listed on the form.

2015 Schedule

Zen Mindfulness Retreat for Beginners.

Sunday, February 22, 9am – 3:30pm

Have you been meditating for short periods of time and would like to experience sitting with a group in a retreat setting? This may be just the opportunity for you to do so.  The day will be structured around short periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, a lecture and discussion.

Lunch is provided.

Fee: $35

Please go to here to register.  Be sure to write “Retreat for Beginners”and include your telephone number.


More information about our retreats can be found here. To obtain an application, please download the application in PDF, or call or write the center and we will mail you a hardcopy application.

Retreats at the Bay Zen Center

Retreats at Bay Zen Center Application Due Date Contact Email
January 24 7AM –
January 25 4:30PM
January 16 Patrick Riley pzriley [at] gmail [dot] com
March 21 7AM –
March 22 4:30PM
March 13 Dan Birnbaum dbirnbaum [at] fastmail [dot] fm
May 9 7AM-
May 10, 4:30PM
May 1 Bill Press billpress [at] gmail [dot] com
July 25 7AM –
July 26, 4:30PM
July 18 Brent Beavers rsg.way [at] gmail [dot] com
Oct. 4, 5PM –
Oct. 9, noon
Aug.1 Bill Press billpress [at] gmail [dot] com

You may apply for retreats at any time before the deadline listed on the application, but the earlier, the better. Applicants from out of town will receive a letter or email informing them of their acceptance within a few days after their application is received.  All others can assume that they have been accepted unless they hear from us within two days after the deadline date.