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Great Tree Zen Women's Temple is dedicated to supporting women's spiritual growth and development within the context of Zen Buddhism. Women seeking to deepen their spiritual practice are invited to apply for residency at Great Tree. All residents are asked to stay at Great Tree and commit to the schedule, which includes zazen (meditation), study, and work practice.

Great Tree offers two 100-day Practice Periods each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. If you are interested in attending a practice period, first attend one of the seven sesshins (meditation retreats) offered throughout the year. This will give you an opportunity to experience the temple's practice firsthand and determine if it's a good fit for you. Sesshins provide an introduction to the temple's community, routines, and spiritual practices, and are an essential step in the residency application process. For more information on sesshins please click here.

Great Tree also offers one to two month summer internships for a limited number of women from June 1st to July 31st. Every participant is required to participate in the June Sesshin. 

Steps for applying for Practice Period or internship:

  1. Email to request an application. 

  2. Send application to

  3. A phone or zoom interview will be scheduled

  4. Prepay fees for lodging and meals. You are expected to reside on site. 

For further information contact

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