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Grasses, Trees, and the Great Earth Sesshin: A 6-Day Meditation Retreat Outdoors

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 5:00 pm to Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Earth body, sky heart. Rooted and flowing. Luminous and open. We are made of earth and sky, of wind breath and rain song, our lives woven from the teachings of the natural world.

This retreat is an opportunity to re-connect and relax into the wild, ancient, wisdom of the Grasses, Trees and Great Earth. We will spend time learning from each of the five elements, as they manifest in our experience. Deeply exploring and releasing into our interconnection with the living, breathing body of the Earth, waters, energizing air, bright fiery sun, and vast spacious sky.

We will spend most meditation sessions out of doors supported by the beautiful meadows and forests of Great Vow.

This sesshin has a lighter and more relaxed feel which can support those looking to begin sesshin practice, as well as those with a deeply established sesshin practice who are wanting the experience of increased solitude/spaciousness in the structure of a retreat.

Sesshin is a rigorous and, at times, challenging meditation retreat that is not recommended for beginners. 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.

Partial attendance for ZCO members is welcomed.

Options to donate to our scholarship fund, which allows those on a low or fixed income to have the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of retreat and Dharma practice, please make a donation if you are able.

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**$50 of the retreat fee counts towards a nonrefundable deposit. We can transfer the deposit to future retreats, if necessary**
Great Vow Zen Monastery
79640 Quincy-Mayger Road (Mail to: P.O. Box 188)
Clatskanie 97016
$380 ($280 ZCO member)