Schedule of events

PLEASE NOTE: If you have never done any Zen Meditation before, please attend our intro session on the first Thursday of the month at 6:45pm



Every Thursday at 7:30pm

Quaker Centre

Chanting, two 25 minute rounds of zazen, talk/discussion

Last Sunday of the month

9am – midday

Breaker Bay Hall 

Chanting, four 25 minute rounds of zazen, talk/discussion and lunch


April 17-21 2024
September 4-8 2024

Strathean Retreat

Otaki: 4-day silent retreat

Zen Thursdays

When: Every Thursday 7:30pm – 9:30pm (please arrive by 7:20pm)

Where: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Moncrieff St. in Mt. Victoria, Wellington (map).

Cost: $10/5 (waged/members or unwaged) to cover venue rental.
See the payments section for bank deposit details.

Introductions: We offer a 30 minute “Introduction to Zen” every first Thursday of the month (starting at 6:45pm, please RSVP to contact @

Zen Thursdays are our regular weekly practice session. They include two seated meditation periods (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), chanting, a talk/discussion on Zen with a cup of tea. Wear loose comfortable clothing for sitting on the floor. Cushions and mats, as well as chairs for those who need them are provided.

On the last Thursday of the month, instead of the talk we head to our local for a catch up over tea/wine/beer – “AfterZen”.

Zen Thursday

Zen Sundays

When: Last Sunday of the Month, 9:00am – Noon
Where: Breaker Bay Community Hall, 150 Breaker Bay Road, Wellington

Once a month on a Sunday morning we meet for four rounds of zazen (meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), a chanting service and group discussion, followed by a light lunch provided by the sangha.

Beginners are warmly welcomed (an introduction is available upon request), and this is a great opportunity to not only settle into your meditation practice, but also to enjoy some food and conversation with our group (sangha) afterwards. Please email us if you plan to attend.
Breaker Bay

Sesshin (Meditation Retreat)

When: Wednesday evening – Sunday midday
April 17 -21 2024 & September 4-8 2024
Where: Strathean Retreat, Otaki 
Cost: $100/night or $80/night members or unwaged.
Sesshin work practice
Sesshin means literally to “gather the mind”. This silent meditation retreat is the heart of Zen practice, and is the method that has been practiced by all the Zen and Buddhist masters throughout the ages. The practice of sesshin brings about insight and a deep knowing of the true nature of mind and your place in the world. 

Sitting together, and practicing coming back to the present moment again and again over a period of several days, you will begin to see the sometimes subtle ways you have bound and limited yourself. This brings about the resolve to see into your own heart of wisdom and to turn that wisdom into compassionate action for yourself and others. Sesshin is the doorway by which you can enter into life fully and completely.
The retreats start with an introduction and opening ceremony on the first evening followed by zazen. We commit to practicing together with integrity and harmony during our time together, and enter into silence while in the practice centre.

During sesshin we focus on zazen, and intersperse our sitting practice with walking, chanting, eating, resting, dharma talks, and work practice. Every aspect of the retreat is designed to provide an opportunity to experience the unfolding of our life, just as it is.

Sesshin is a powerful experience, and the opportunity to practice together in a caring community, is a rare jewel.

See the payments page for details on how to register.
Or contact us for more information.
Sesshin Zazen

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