Register for Sesshins

2014 Sesshins

Scheduled the first weekend of the month, except for August & September. Please check the Retreat Registration for programs that are NOT sesshins.

  • July 4-6
  • No Sesshins in August or September
  • October 10-13 (Beginner’s Mind Sesshin)*
  • November 7-12
  • December 5-10 (Rohatsu Sesshin)
  • December 28-31 (New Year’s Sesshin)
  • December 31st Ringing in the New Year 7pm – midnight (RSVP)

* October Sesshin: Beginner’s Mind Sesshin. For both experienced and beginning practitioner’s. Teaching and meditation from the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition by Rev. Teijo Munnich. Instruction and gentle hands-on work with meditation posture to develop body awareness and ease in the practice of zazen by Meredith McIntosh using Alexander Technique. Fee is $225.

Registration Information and Instructions

Men and women are both invited to attend and stay at the temple for the duration of the sesshin, however we have no accomodations for couples.

Sesshins  may run from 2 nights to 5 nights. They consist of zanzen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), work-service periods, and oryoki meals. Menus are vegan. Participants are expected to share cooking and cleaning up duties. If you can only attend part of a sesshin, you are will welcome. Please let us know the dates you plan to attend on the registration form. We ask that everyone begin together on Friday and stay at least through Sunday breakfast.  For more, read ABOUT SESSHINS

If you are new to Great Tree, please contact us before you register. Or, plan a visit to Sunday Sangha, Thursday Morning Practice to get a sense of practice at Great Tree and meet with Rev. Munnich

Sesshins begin with orientation at 5pm on Friday evening followed by a light meal. If you have never been to a sesshin before it is important to attend the orientation on Friday.  Plan to arrive after 4pm to allow yourself time unpack and settle in. Please inquire if you wish to arrive earlier or stay later (read about extending your stay below).

Experienced students may join in for a minimum of one complete day, beginning in the evening or early morning, staying through the day. Please contact us by phone if you wish to join in for the weekend only or a partial stay and we can discuss a favorable schedule and arrange payment appropriately.

* October Sesshin: Beginner’s Mind for Everyone: The Undoing of Doing: This program will offer teaching and meditation practice from the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition–the simple practice of sitting quietly combined with teachings of movement educator F. M. Alexander and is open to all levels. We will follow our usual sesshin schedule, with added elements offered.

Just click on the button below. Be sure to download and print your Personal Information Form and send it to us.  Please indicate which event or events you plan to attend under “instructions” to seller:

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Complete your Registration – Submit a Personal Information Form with your Payment.

In order for your registration to be complete, we ask that you submit a Great Tree Registration Form and send it to us by snail mail.

Everyone who attends is asked to fill out this form and we ask that it be on hand when you arrive.

If you are unable to print one, please request one to be sent to you and return it to Great Tree no later than 7  days prior to the start of the event. You will also be asked each time t o fill out an Emergency Contact form.

 

Sesshins Fees  Deposit
2 NIGHTS (WEEKEND) 175 100
3 NIGHTS 225 100
4 NIGHTS 275 125
5 NIGHTS 300 150
  • Sesshins , are Soto Zen Buddhist meditation programs and vary only in length, usually 3 – 5 days at Great Tree and are usually led by Rev. Munnich. Those new to practice are asked to arrive Friday and stay through at least Sunday; experienced practice students may join any time or leave early, but please contact us to make arrangements.
  • Retreats may be taught by guest teacher or co-taught with Rev. Munnich and vary content, duration and daily schedule, often with a special theme or focus.
  • Fees listed above apply to SesshinsRetreat fees  may be different. Please read the complete description of a retreat before you register.
  •   We do not have a  work-exchange program,  and if you need financial assistance, please contact us. If you are financially unable to pay  posted fees, please contact us before you register.

Extending your Practice Time at Great Tree

If you would like to come early or extend your stay, please contact us.  The  rate is $60. per night. This helps cover our costs in a modest fashion and applies to arriving early, staying over or outside of a retreat or sesshin.  We do not operate as a hostel or provide public accomodations.

  • You must follow the daily schedule which begins at 6am and help with food preparation and clean up or other work-service, in the tradition of monastics.

Please read more about Life at Great Tree and Your Stay at Great Tree above under Registration.  As a residential practice center, we  cannot rent or offer space as accommodations to the public. 

Deposit amount for events  is approximately 1/2 total.

  • Note: The Year End Sesshin is followed by Temple Cleaning and Ringing in the New Year and only dana is requested if you wish to stay through following the sesshin.  Please RSVP when you register so we can reserve your space. We have limited accommodations, and men and women are housed separately.
  • You may send checks or money orders to: Great Tree Zen Temple, 679 Lower Flat Creek Rd., Alexander, NC 28801

Check list for a Complete Registration:

  1. Send in your Personal Information Form by snail mail to protect your confidentiality.
  2. Send it so it arrives no later than 7 days prior to the event. (Mail takes 5-7 days).
  3. Complete fee  payment 7 days prior to the event start date. This reduces paperwork on arrival.
  4.  If you need to cancel, contact us ASAP.
  5. Click here to submit your payment online.
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Complete your Registration – Submit a Personal Information Form with your Payment.

In order for your registration to be complete, we ask that you submit a Great Tree Personal Reservation Form and send it to us by snail mail. Everyone who attends is asked to fill out this form and we ask that it be on hand when you arrive.

If you are unable to print one, please request one to be sent to you and return it to Great Tree no later than 7  days prior to the start of the event.