“In the Heart of the Redwoods” Retreat Information

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Retreats led by
Diane Eshin Rizzetto.
Join us as we enter the container of sesshin ~ to touch and gather heart and mind. Four days at the Ralston White Retreat Center in the heart of the Redwood forest on Mt. Tamalpais in Northern California.

Sesshin provides a container that allows us to take time off from the usual engagements, responsibilities and busyness of our daily lives. Although not a vacation in the usual sense, sesshin is an opportunity for us to reflect more deeply and to renew our capacity to be completely present and awake with ourselves and the world.

The days are structured in silence to include sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, meetings with the teacher, eating and rest.  There will also be considerable opportunity to utilize the natural setting and surrounding areas for individual as well as for group activities. Although there will be a schedule, everyone will be encouraged to engage in it according to their personal physical requirements. As always, the retreat will be held in silence and without use of electronic devices.

The Ralston White Retreat center offers sleeping arrangements including comfortable beds and bathrooms for everyone. To view additional pictures or read more about the location go here.

Call 510-596-3087 or write the center if you want a hardcopy application mailed to you.

To register, go to:  Retreat Application

2017 Retreats

Retreats with Bay Zen Center Retreat Director Email
July 26, 6:00 PM –
July 30, 2:00 PM
Brent Beavers rsg.way@gmail.com
Nov. 1, 6:00 PM –
Nov. 5, 2:00 PM
Dan Birnbaum dbirnbaum@fastmail.fm

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 don’t hear from us within two days after the deadline date.

 

Sample Sesshin Schedule

Wednesday:
3:30-4:30pm: Arrive; registration; check into rooms
5:00-5:45: Informal dinner
6:00-8:10: Opening Remarks; Zazen; Walking Meditation
8:10: Zendo remains open for anyone who would like to continue sitting.

Thursday-Saturday:
6 am: Rise
6:45 – 8:25: Zazen; Chi Gung or Outside walking
8:25 – 8:45: Service
8:45 – 10:15: Breakfast and Personal Time
10:15 – 11:40: Zazen; Walking Meditation
11:40 – 12:25: Dharma Talk
12:30 – 2:45: Lunch and Rest
2:45 – 5:30: Zazen; Walking
5:30 – 6:45: Dinner and rest
6:45 – 8:10: Zazen; Walking Meditation; Practice Principles
8:10: Zendo remains open for anyone who would like to continue sitting.

Sunday:
6 am: Rise
6:45 – 8:25: Zazen; Chi Gung or Outside walking
8:25 – 8:45: Service
8:45 – 10:15: Breakfast and Personal Time (Including Personal Belongings)
10:15 – 11:40: Zazen; Walking Meditation
11:40 – 12:30: Closing Remarks
12:30 – 2:00: Lunch and depart