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Special Retreats and Workshops

In addition to our regularly scheduled sesshins and weelky practice activities, Great Tree also offers youth & Family retreats, mindfulness practice days (Zazenkai), Introduction to Zen classes, body awareness, writing retreats and classes in Zen creative arts.   Retreats may be led by the abbess, sangha members, or special guest teachers, all of whom share their wisdom and talents on a dana basis and receive no payment for their services.  See our CALENDAR for a schedule of special upcoming events.

Great Tree also welcomes groups and individuals for day-visits to learn more about the Dharma and our temple by appointment only.  Contact Rev. Munnich for more information.

What To Expect When You Visit

Programs led by guest teachers may have unique schedule and content.

  • Programs may include some sitting and walking meditation, and/or body awareness practices such as yoga, Alexander Technique or Qi Gong.

  • We ask that you bring slippers or wear socks, leave your shoes at the door. Extra slippers are available.  If you are staying overnight you will be expected to bring your own bed linens, toiletries and towels.  If you are travelling from a distance there are some limited bed linens available

  • You may be asked to bring your own materials or equipment for art, writing or bodywork retreats/workshops.

  •  All accomodations are shared. We do not have private rooms or accomodations for couples.  Men and women are housed separately.

  • Meals are vegetarian. If you have special dietary needs or allergies please advise us during the registration process.  Day-long or over night programs include informal meals scheduled at the facilitator’s discretion. Tea and snacks are also available.

  • Participants are asked to share kitchen duties, cooking and general clean-up of the facility.

  • We ask that everyone arrive timely and begin the workshop/retreat together.

  • Most events begin in the evening; please arrive at least1 hour before the program starts..

  • Please be aware that parking can be a challenge; call for instructions in wet or icy weather.

  • A small, well-trained and docile dog lives at the temple.  If you have allergies please let us know during the registration process.


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