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Sesshin (Retreats)

Two Rivers Zen Community offers periodic residential and non-residential retreats. Sesshin literally means touching the heart. Sesshin functions as a traditional focal point of intensified Zen practice. Its an opportunity to open into a deeper practice through silent and intensive practice. Participants take part in a unique integration of the retreat’s topic and Zen training, through the support and encouragement of group practice and through private interviews with the teacher.

Retreats begin with an opportunity to meet and greet other participants socially before entering into deep and committed silence. Instructions in zazen (Zen meditation) and an orientation to zendo protocol are available to newcomers. A firm commitment to raising the mind of open awareness is expressed in all retreat activities: including kinhin (walking meditation), services, work practice and dharma talks.  The silent aspect of the retreat concludes with council, which gives all participants an opportunity to share their sesshin experiences with the group.

2017 Retreat Dates:

3/31 – 4/2 [non-residential];

6/1 – 6/4 [Residential];

10/6- 10/8 [Non-residential];

Rohatsu, 12/7 – 12/10 [Residential]

Note: Residential Retreats held at the Himalayan Institute Non- residential retreats held at Two Rivers Zen Center

People are welcome to come for the entire retreat or for any day. However, extent of participation must be noted at registration. Advance registration is required due to planning needs and group size limitations.

3/31 – 4/2 Sesshin Narrowsburg Zendo Opening & Closing Schedule:

Friday, 3/31: 6:30 P.M. -8:00 P.M.

Saturday, 4/1: 7:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Sunday, 4/2: 7:00 A.M. – 1:20 P.M. [Non-retreatants: Entry: 9:15 -9:25 & 9:55. Exit 11:45]

Narrowsburg Opening Sesshin Full Schedule Link





Email__________________________  Phone___________________________

Previous Meditation Experience_______________________________________

Previous Retreat Experience [When, Where]______________________________

Diet Restrictions, Allergies: We serve modest and nutritious vegetarian meals. Please let us know if you have any food concerns:____________________________________

Attendance: Please Print, Fill Out and Mail in with Payment. Deadline May 26

Please circle individual day(s) or circle full retreat

Friday    Saturday    Sunday   Full Retreat

Fees: Friday: $25  Saturday  $60  Sunday $30  Full Retreat: $100  [Members $60)

Payment:  Check or Money Order to:

Mailing Address: TRZC, P.O. Box 405, Narrowsburg, N.Y. 12764[note “sesshin” in lower left ]

Registration limited to 10 participants first received, first confirmed [confirmation by email]

Alternatively, submit registration and payment at the zendo 1 week before retreat

Retreat schedule and details will be sent by email

Questions & Concerns: please leave a comment below



  1. tricia oconnor-mesmer permalink

    I would like to learn more about the sesshin retreats will you have any this fall or winter thank you love and light tricia

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