Loading Events

November 30 @ 8:00 pm - December 7 @ 1:00 pm

Mountains And Waters Farm

16922 Cabot Ave
Faribault, MN United States

Rohatsu Sesshin – Simplified Zen Meditation Retreat December 2022 (Covid safe)

Wednesday November 30, 7 pm – Wednesday December 7, 1 pm

The traditional week-long sesshin honoring Buddha’s enlightenment, deep in winter and snow with fire heat.

In sesshin, we let in the support of the whole universe. This can feel profound or ordinary; it is actually extraordinary.

  • Sitting and walking meditation for 12 hours a day in silence, indoors or outdoors. Cooking and other tasks will be shared on a volunteer basis. Meals are included.
  • First night is arrival; orientation will be in the morning.
  • Private interviews are available immediately after the sesshin.
  • Partial participation is possible, but please attend the orientation session.
  • Simple sleeping accommodations are offered; commuting is possible but discouraged.
  • Please contact Shodo with questions or to arrange part-time or commuting participation, by donation. And please do come to orientation, 6 am Central Time on December 1b. (Orientation can be on Zoom by request.)


  • On Wednesday 11/30, arrive by 8 pm,  to settle in by 9 pm. Orientation will be 6 am on December 1.
  • From 12/1 to 12/6: zazen at 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, afternoon 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and evening 7, 8. Three meals in the breaks.
  • Each period is 50 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of kinhin.
  • On 12/7, zazen will be at 6, 7 ,9, 10, and 11; we end at 11:50, and have a short cleaning period, short sharing circle, and informal lunch. Private interviews can be arranged after lunch.


  • Advance registration is required, one week in advance. Retreats are held at a private home on a 17-acre farm, an hour south of Minneapolis, on the Cannon River.
  • Leader is Shodo Spring, dharma heir of Shohaku Okumura and founder of Mountains and Waters Alliance (MountainsandWatersAlliance.org)
  • Fees are minimal – $40/day early registration includes food and lodging; donations support the teacher in the ancient tradition called dana.
  • Feel free to ask questions. Driving directions and other information will be sent. Please ask if you would like to arrive early or stay late.
  • See the Covid page for updated Covid precautions.
  • If you have not been here before, or if you have never sat sesshin before, please contact Shodo before registering.


November 30 @ 8:00 pm
December 7 @ 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Shodo Spring


Mountains And Waters Farm
16922 Cabot Ave
Faribault, MN United States
Website or Directions: