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Wilderness Backpacking Sesshin

Sunday, August 02, 2020 - 3:00 pm to Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 12:00 pm

This Sesshin will take place in the wilderness. Space is limited and reserved only for those who have both previous sesshin and backpacking experience.

Resting inside the forest we can immerse ourselves in its ancient timeless wisdom and allow our hearts to be touched by its wild beauty. Silent contemplation in the natural world can reveal to us our most basic clarity, the natural awake mind before thought.

This is also a time to leave behind the safety of the comfortable homes we usually inhabit and expose ourselves to the earth, sky, rains, winds, insects and animals. We will continue to hike and sit zazen regardless of weather conditions and to practice with whatever vulnerability, fear, or aversion arises. We will not seek difficult situations, but they might find us! 

We will meet in the Wilderness, hike in and spend five days together in silent meditation, supplemented with guided qigong, hikes, ceremony and song. Breakfast and dinner will be provided every day, but we ask that you prepare your own lunches and snacks. 

Space is limited, please contact Soten, at, to rsvp or to ask any questions.

Cost: $300, ($250 members)

Great Vow Zen Monastery
79640 Quincy-Mayger Road (Mail to: P.O. Box 188)
Clatskanie 97016
Donations welcomed