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Samish Island Fall Sesshin 2024

  • Thursday, November 07, 2024
  • 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 10, 2024
  • 4:00 PM
  • Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Rd Bow WA 98232 and Online on Zoom


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • We have 3 scholarships available. No application needed, just sign up.
  • Ino, Tenzo, Retreat Manager are welcome to register at our cost in recognition for their efforts.


Join us for our Fall 3-day Residential Sesshin at Samish Island

This 3-day residential sesshin will include all of our meals eaten oryoki style, alternating periods of zazen (sitting) and kinhin (walking) meditation, Dharma Talks, and a special sangha celebration.

Schedule: (read the Full Schedule).

Arrive Thursday afternoon to settle in, eat your own packed in dinner, and begin silence.

Friday and Saturday will be full sesshin days 6am to 8:30pm with alternating zazen and kinhin, meals, Dharma Talks, opportunities for dokusan with the teachers, and a work period.

On Sunday we'll have our jukai ceremony at 10:30 in the morning, an informal lunch, clean up the camp and be out by 4pm. 

Now on Zoom:
Zoom attendance at all zendo events is now available. We're unable to provide dokusan over Zoom due to internet limitations at Samish.

Special Ceremony:
Sunday at 10:30am: Jukai, Receiving the Precepts, Ceremony for several sangha members. You may attend the jukai separately.

You will need a 3-bowl Oryoki set at this retreat. Instruction on Oryoki eating will be provided, no problem if you've never eaten oryoki before. You can purchase a set from our friends at Still Sitting (please order the Navy Blue cloths). Red Cedar Zen is not able to provide loaner oryoki sets at this time.

Teachers & Dharma Talks:

Everyone is welcome to come join us for Dharma Talks either in person or online. Be aware of our current Covid policy if you come. No registration needed.

Friday, 10:30am Nomon Tim Burnett

Saturday, 10:30am Kanho Chris Burkhart

Kanho Chris Burkhart is the Head of Practice at Red Cedar Zen Community.

 Nomon Tim Burnett is the Guiding Teacher of Red Cedar Zen Community

Housing: Housing is provided with two options: E-Cabins and Rustic Cabins.

E-Cabins are more recently built with a full bath shared with one other room. E-Cabins are in short supply in this retreat. Please choose a rustic cabin if that is possible for you in order to leave the E-cabins for those with health challenges. Or consider sharing an E-cabin. 

 e-Cabin Exterior

 e-Cabin Interior

Rustic Cabins - simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's. Camp style bathrooms in a separate building. Most rustic housing will be single (not shared), however if couples or friends are willing to share a cabin this can make a difference in accommodating everyone if the sesshin is full.

 Rustic Cabin, exterior

 Rustic cabin, interior

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