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November 30 @ 7:00 pm - December 7 @ 12:00 pm

Mountains and Waters

16922 Cabot Avenue
Fairbault, MN 55021 United States

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Rohatsu Sesshin – Simplified Zen Meditation Retreat 2021

Tuesday November 30, 7 pm – Tuesday December 7, noon

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 orientation includes instruction in zazen and optional outdoor meditation.
  • Private interviews are available immediately after the sesshin.
  • Partial participation is possible, but please attend the Tuesday evening orientation session.
  • Simple sleeping accommodations are offered; commuting is possible but discouraged.
  • Please contact Shodo to ask about participating part-time through Zoom, by donation. And please do come to orientation, 7pm Central Time on Tuesday 11/30.


  • On Tuesday 11/30, gather for orientation at 7 pm, followed by a period of sitting. Ending by 9.
  • 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 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.
  • Covid precautions update later.
  • If you have not been here before, or if you have never sat sesshin before, please contact Shodo before registering.


November 30 @ 7:00 pm
December 7 @ 12:00 pm
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Mountains and Waters
16922 Cabot Avenue
Fairbault, MN 55021 United States

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