Sesshin (Retreats) and Weekend Gatherings 


Each year Zen Open Circle hosts a range of formal retreats and weekend gatherings. These events are a highlight in each years calendar.

Zen students from around Australia gather together at Cloud Mountain (our regional Zendo in Berry, NSW) to share in transformative practices handed down across generations. 

Check out our calendar for full details of upcoming retreats

These traditional five and seven day retreats are the most formal aspect of our practice. Each retreat follows a traditional monastic schedule of early rising, and periods of zazen and walking meditation, interspersed with rest, and work practice. During sesshin each student has the opportunity to work intensively one-on-one with the teacher. 

Weekend Gatherings
Although less formal than sesshin, our weekend gatherings are an important part of the life of our sangha. Weekend gatherings often include activities like haiku, bushwalking, swimming in the river, calligraphy, or studying particular sutras.

Cloud Mountain Zendo
Situated in beautiful, mountainous rainforest country on the north-eastern rim of Kangaroo Valley, eight minutes from Berry township and railway station, two hours south of Sydney, is our regular retreat venue. We also sit sesshin from time to time at Kodoji temple in the Upper Macdonald River area.


‘I came to realize that mind is no other than mountain and rivers and the great earth, the sun, the moon and the stars.’ (Dogen)

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