Meditation retreats

About retreats

Green Mountain Zen offers two formal retreats or sesshin each year near Otaki.

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..
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4 day silent retreat

When: March 22 - 26 2023 & September 2023
Where: Strathean Retreat, Otaki
Cost: $100/day or $80/day members or unwaged.

The heart of Zen practice. Silent meditation, good food, company, birdsong and walks in the forest. This four-day silent retreat is the doorway to understanding the habitual screens we put up between this eternal unbounded experience and our stories. Come join us in this ancient and heart-centred journey.

Please contact us to register for this very special opportunity to deepen your formal meditation practice.

Schedule of events



Every Thursday at 7:30pm

Quaker Centre

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

Every Tuesday at 6:30am

Email for link

Online – one 40-minute period of zazen

Last Sunday of the month

9am – midday

Breaker Bay Hall 

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


March 22-26 2023
September 2023

Strathean Retreat

Otaki: 4-day silent retreat

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