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Staying at Great Treee

About your stay...

ARRIVAL: Arrive at temple by 4 pm for all retreats & other overnight event.

If you have a conflict and cannot arrive by this time,  please contact us.

828-645-2085, and leave a message or use the contact form below.



Sleeping arrangements dormitory style.

Men and women are housed separately.

We have no accommodations for couples and no private rooms.


Dormitories have single bunk beds, futons, or mattress sets. Please bring your own bed linens, towels, pillows and toiletries. If you are traveling from afar there are linens and towels available.


There are three bathrooms in the main building, one on each floor. Our water is sourced from a well and is filtered. Please mark your toiletries and remember to take them home at the end of the retreat.

 Please bring a flashlight in case you need to be up after lights are out at 10pm.  We have some exterior lighting and it can be dark here in the country. There are stairs and steps to navigate throughout the building.  If you need special accommodation due to disability, please let us know.


 Smoking and alcohol are not permitted on the Great Tree campus.


Sharing the Space

MEALS:  Vegetarian or vegan meals are served. Please inform us on your registration form or online registration if you have allergies or special dietary needs so that adjustments can be made to our menu. Before you arrive, please watch our Oryoki video for instructions on how we eat meals together.


CLOTHING: Wear dark or quiet colors and clothing that is comfortable to you for the practice of zazen (sitting). Do not wear shorts or sleeveless shirts. You can expect cool nights in the mountains, except in July-August. The buildings do not have A/C. Please avoid heavily scented perfumes and soaps. We also ask you not wear jewelry or items that would create noise or distract others during meditation.


Shoes or sandals are not worn in any part of the Great Tree Buildings (there are exceptions for those with orthopedic difficulties).  Bring warm socks or soft slippers for walking inside the house.  Bring an umbrella or appropriate outdoor wear for cool, wet mountain weather. We do have a fire-place in the community room.


In the Zendo

Our zendo (meditation hall) is furnished with zafu and zabuton (sitting cushions). However, folding chairs and some benches are available as are support cushions. Please feel free to use whichever is most comfortable for you. Incense is usually burned during zazen. If you have allergies or pulmonary issues that are exacerbated by burning incense please let us know and it will not be used during your stay.

SILENCE : Please refrain from using cellphones, computers or tablets during retreats and sesshins. If you need to make an urgent call please do so discretely and away from other participants and activities. We do not have public access computer. Please maintain quiet and respect for the serious intentions of all those attending. Sesshins are conducted in silence as much as possible.




FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS: We do have a resident dog, Stella.


Animals are not allowed in certain areas of the house to leave those areas clear for guests with allergies. Pets are not allowed in food prep areas.  If you have allergies to dogs or cats please let us know. You should be aware that we are in a rural area where pets cannot be permitted to roam.  Please contact us about visiting with your friend(s).

EMERGENCIES:  We ask for an emergency contact information and a list of medication on your personal information form. This information is discarded at the end of the event will not be kept on file. You will be asked for this information upon arrival to each event you attend.

If you become sick, while you are on site, we have no way to quarantine you. We do ask that you consider others and have appropriate vaccinations, and if necessary, to wear a mask.

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Parking & Travel

PARKING: Please use caution and when you drive up our gravel driveway, both to protect your car and the road. The road is narrow there is no shoulder to pass. Please use the small parking lot near the fork in the road.

Parking is limited at the top and as spaces are reserved for unloading or for those with mobility issues. There is an extremely steep section of the road at the very top right. 

Great Tree is at the top of the road on the right (679).  We will direct you to long term parking after you check-in. If you are uncertain about parking or need help or directions, do not hesitate to contact us.

We are about 45 minutes from the Asheville airport. Please contact us, in the event there are others who might share travel to Great Tree.


We  require that you register here online for in-person events. Payments may be made through Bookwhen, our booking app. You will find links to Bookwhen on the Calendar.

We request that all payments and balances be paid by the payment deadline for the event (please call to make arrangements if this is not possible). Please notify us if you wish to make alternative payments, or if you need help with registration.


Great Tree does not have the capacity to accept payment by credit card on site.


On site payments must be made by check, made out to Great Tree Zen Temple.

You may also register by mail using this form.

Events on-line may also be found here. Registration is not required, but DANA for guest teachers, residents and/or Great Tree is appreciated. Visit our GIVING page for more information.

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