Sesshin Information

redwoods11_3The December Sesshin is now closed except for members.


To register for sesshins, go to:  Sesshin Application

Sesshins led by Diane Eshin Rizzetto.

Sesshin is a time for us to take pause from the usual engagements, responsibilities and busyness of our daily lives and to touch and gather heart and mind through extended periods of silent meditation. It 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, chi gung, eating and rest. Although there will be a schedule, everyone will be encouraged to engage in it according to their personal physical requirements. We offer both residential and non-residential sesshins throughout the year.

On-site Sesshins. These two or four day sesshins are held at our dharma center in Oakland. The two day begins on a Friday at 5:45 pm and ends Sunday afternoon at 4:10 pm thus offering an opportunity for people to attend without having to take time off from work. The four day begins on a Wednesday at 6:00 pm and ends Sunday at noon. Those who live close by will go home to sleep in the evening and those traveling from a distance can either stay with local members in their home or make their own outside sleeping arrangements. There is also space at the zen center for sleeping, but people provide their own bedding.”

Off-site Sesshins. These four day sesshins are held at the Ralston White Retreat Center in the heart of the Redwood forest on Mt.Tamalpais in Mill Valley, California. The center offers sleeping arrangements, including comfortable beds and bathrooms for everyone, and vegetarian meals. When weather permits, we include walks through the redwoods and other outdoor meditation activities. To view additional pictures or read more about the location go here.

One Day Sittings. One day on-site sittings offer beginners as well as experienced meditators, the opportunity to take a pause from our usual busy lives to slow down the active mind and restless body by settling into mindful awareness.The day is conducted in silence and includes periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement and dharma talk. If you have had little or no experience with meditation retreats, this is a great way to get started. Lunch is provided. 9am – 4pm.

2018 Schedule

The December Sesshin is now closed except for members.

Sesshins and One Day Sittings Sesshin Director
Dec. 5, 6:00 PM – Dec. 9, Noon
Patrick Riley

If you have any questions regarding Sesshin please send an email

To register for Sesshins, go to:  Sesshin Application

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

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.