The spring flowers, the autumn moon;
Summer breezes, winter snow,
If useless things do not clutter your mind,
You have the best days of your life.
Immerse yourself in an extended weekend of silent reflection. Join Karen Maezen Miller in a formal Zen meditation retreat for all levels of practitioners: includes seated meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), chanting, Dharma talks and the opportunity to work privately with a teacher. Three nights, all meals included.
We gather on the tall grass prairies of Holy Wisdom Monastery less than 10 miles outside of Madison. This ecumenical retreat center is surrounded by acres of environmentally restored fields including an oak savanna and an ancient glacial kettle lake.
Overnight accommodations are limited to 12 single rooms with a private bath, four double-occupancy rooms with a private bath, and one double-occupancy room with a shared, hallway bath. If you plan to share a room with a friend or partner, you will have an opportunity to name your preferred roommate during registration. Please register at the same time as your roommate, as we cannot guarantee the space without registration.
Bring your own zafu (cushion) or meditation bench as well as a zabuton (mat) or folded blanket to put under you while you sit. Chairs are provided. Wear traditional Zen practice attire or dark, loose-fitting clothing suitable for sitting on the floor.
Instructions will be given in all practices. Beginners are especially encouraged to dive in. Experienced sitters are invited to begin again.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Bring your own zafu (cushion) or meditation bench as well as a zabuton (mat) or folded blanket to put under you while you sit; loose, comfortable, and dark-colored practice clothing; toiletries; and suitable shoes and hat for outdoor walks. Please leave unnecessary electronics at home.
Are there vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan meal options?
All meals will be vegetarian. You will have the opportunity to request gluten-free and/or vegan meals during registration.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the refund policy?
Reservations are fully refundable with two month's advance notice. After that time, refunds can only be made if the space is taken by someone else.