Summer Residency Program 2023

Date: July 6 - August 20, 2023

Time: Thursday, July 6th at 9:00 am to Sunday, August 20th at 1:00pm

Location: Great Vow Zen Monastery

Address: 79640 Quincy-Mayger Road Clatskanie, Oregon 97016

Contact: Director of Training

Price: $300 - $300
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Summer Residency Program 2023

July 6 - August 20, 2023

Thursday, July 6th at 9:00 am to Sunday, August 20th at 1:00pm

Summer Program is currently Full. If you would like to inquire about joining the waitlist, please email

The Summer Program at Great Vow Zen Monastery is an opportunity to plunge into Zen practice with the support of community and teachers, and to taste the benefits of calming the mind and opening the heart.

Our Summer Program is a special part of our on-going residential program at the monastery. It is designed to give you a genuine immersion in Zen practice, through the practices of meditation, mindful eating. ritual/liturgy, and temple work. Guidance from the teachers in the form of sanzen (face-to-face practice interviews), classes on Zen practice and states of mind, study, and retreats/workshops are also an essential part of the residential experience.

The beauty and serenity of the monastery itself provides extra support in the process of re-discovering and resting in true self. This endeavor can be life-changing. It is an opportunity to deepen your meditation practice, find peace of mind, and discover the innate confidence and clarity that shine through when life is oriented towards presence and acceptance.

In addition to zazen, meals, community work, classes, and daily teachings, it also includes:

  • Weekend Meditation Retreat
  • Grasses and Trees Sesshin, week-long meditation retreat held mostly outdoors.
  • Cultivating the Empty Field Sesshin, week-long silent meditation intensive.
  • Weekly one-on-one meetings with a Zen teacher.

The residency fee is reduced to $300 during the Summer Program, though donations during the summer months (or any other time) are very much appreciated.


Arrival is July 6 and is not adjustable.

Please email the Residency Coordinator for an application,