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Summer Residency Program

The Summer Program is an opportunity to plunge into Zen monastic practice with the support of community and teachers, and taste the benefits of calming the mind and opening the heart. Our Summer Program is a special part of our on-going residential program at the monastery. Each session is designed to give you a genuine immersion in Zen monastic practice, through the practices of meditation, mindful eating, ritual/liturgy, movement practices (yoga/qi gong) and temple work. Support from the teachers in the form of sanzen (face-to-face practice interviews), classes on Zen practice and states of mind, study and retreats/workshops are also an essential part of the monastic residential experience.

The beauty and serenity of the monastery itself provides extra support in the process of re-discovering and resting in true self. This endeavor is life-changing and is a great opportunity for those looking to deepen their meditation practice, find peace of mind, and the innate confidence and clarity that shines through when life is oriented towards presence and acceptance.

Great Vow is also nested in a temperate rainforest and rests on 20 acres of land with meadows, an active vegetable garden and orchards. During Late Spring to Early Autumn residents will find themselves working, practicing and meditating in, on and with the natural landscapes of the monastery's grounds, harmonizing with the teachings from the natural world.

The residency fee is reduced to $250 during the Summer Program, though donations during the summer months (or any other time) are very much appreciated. 

Retreats included in Summer Program:

Beginner's Mind Weekend Meditation Retreat

Inner Critic Meditation Retreat and Workshop

Cultivating the Empty Field Weeklong Sesshin

Loving Kindness Weekend Meditaion Retreat

Chant for Peace


Please email for an application.