Jizo Sesshin

Date: September 19 - 25, 2022

Time: Monday 5pm to Sunday 1pm

Location: Great Vow Zen Monastery or Online

Address: 79640 Quincy Mayger Road, Clatskanie, Oregon 97016, USA

Price: $75 - $380

Jizo Sesshin

September 19 - 25, 2022

Monday 5pm to Sunday 1pm

This retreat will focus on the qualities of Jizo Bodhisattva, guardian of all that comes from the earth, and Jizo’s qualities – benevolence, optimism, fearlessness, determination, and vow. A unique element of this retreat is the inclusion of time devoted to art projects, creative time, and a slide show and talk about Jizo.

As part of our practice, we will be making small Jizo-related items.

For those who are attending the retreat via zoom, please acquire a few supplies for rock-painting and sculpting a Jizo:

A rock-painting kit.  Here are a couple relatively inexpensive examples of a rock-painting kit for under $20 at Amazon, or Michael’s

All you really need is some acrylic paint, some paint brushes, and rocks.  A black or metallic sharpie marker can also be useful.

Sculpey clay.  Sculpey is a bakeable polymer clay available at any craft store or even at some supermarkets in the art supplies aisle. You can get a set of a few colors, or just one color, as you can also paint it.  Modeling clay works well too.


Sesshin is a rigorous and, at times, challenging silent meditation retreat that is not recommended for beginners. In order to attend in person, we require that you attend one of our silent weekend retreats or a five-seven day silent retreat at another Zen Center before registering for our longer zen retreats. For more information about what to expect when attending a sesshin, click here.

Proof of vaccination and booster is required to attend events at Great Vow Zen Monastery. For the latest on our health policies click here.

$50 deposit holds your space; balance due on arrival.

Very Approximate Schedule 🙂

Monday Night

7:30 Orientation
8:30 Zazen/Opening Talk

Tuesday – Saturday
5:30 Zazen
6:50 Chanting Service
7:30 Breakfast

9:00 Work Practice

11:30 Zazen
12:50 Chanting Service
1:00 Lunch

3:00 Slideshow or Art Practice
5:20 Chanting Service

5:30 Dinner

7:00 Zazen
9:30 Formal Tea/Closing Chant/Zazen

Sunday Morning

6:00 Zazen/Closing Remarks

7:00 Closing Circle


10:00 Sunday Program Chanting Service/Zazen

11:30 Dharma Talk


Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi
Laura Jomon Martin