Beginner’s Mind Weekend Retreat

Date: March 3 - 5, 2023

Time: Friday 5pm to Sunday 1pm

Location: Great Vow Zen Monastery

Address: Great Vow Zen Monastery 79640 Quincy-Mayger Road Clatskanie, Oregon 97016

Price: $150 - $230

Beginner’s Mind Weekend Retreat

March 3 - 5, 2023

Friday 5pm to Sunday 1pm


Please also consider the Investigating Zen Practice Retreat, happening at the Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, Portland OR, on the same day, March 4th. Click HERE to read more about it.


The teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism empower us to live our lives wholeheartedly with openness, insight and compassion.

During this weekend retreat we follow a silent retreat schedule, which allows us to temporarily put aside outside concerns and go deeply into inner work.

The silent retreat schedule includes about seven hours of sitting meditation (with breaks), Buddhist chanting services, formal oryoki meals, and a period of community work practice.

On the first evening the retreat leaders will give thorough instruction on the foundations and methods of Zen meditation and posture.

Opportunities to meet with a teacher or senior practitioner to discuss your practice will be available.

This retreat is ideal for anyone wanting an introduction to intensive Zen practice or simply a day of silent sitting meditation supported by the serene atmosphere of the monastery.


This retreat will be ‘in person only’. The situation with covid is evolving. At the moment, we require that everyone in attendance be vaccinated and boosted. We are also asking that participants take a rapid covid test the day of arrival. More information will be provided upon registration. Thank you! 


Amy Kisei, Sensei