Join us for one of our services at the Zendo: 15401 Westside Highway, Vashon. Feel free to come 10 minutes early for instruction, or just jump right in.

  • Sunday Service: 10:00am-12pm
    Early Sunday Sit: 8:30-9:30am
  • Monday & Friday: 6:30-7:30am
  • Monday Evening: 7:00-8:45pm
  • Wednesday Evening: 7:00-8:30pm
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Spring Sesshin – The Paramitas: Awakening Through Conduct

April 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - April 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Recharge your practice at this formal retreat in the Rinzai tradition. There will be seated and walking meditation, chanting, dharma talks, silent walks through the woods, and optional interviews with our teachers, Genko Kathy Blackman and Koshin Chris Cain. Teachings on the Six Paramitas will be offered. The six paramitas are generosity, morality, patience, energy, meditation, and wisdom.

Join us at Camp Sealth from Tuesday, April 16 at 5:00PM to Sunday, April 21 at 4PM for our Spring Retreat.

Is this your first retreat? Are you wondering if you should do this?

You can come for the whole five days, or attend one or more days. You can email with questions about what might work, or questions about what a retreat is like.

These are retreats in the formal Rinzai Zen sense, which means a day from 4:30am-9:00pm filled with 25 minute intervals of sitting, walking meditation around Camp Sealth, breaks for personal time, simple vegetarian meals prepared by our awesome cooks, and bodywork activities like qi gong. A typical daily schedule can be found at the below. To register go to the bottom of this page.

Lodging is dormitory style, in the Camp Sealth cabins, which are usually 2-4 to a room.

Practicing with a group for a long period of time like this is a great way to strengthen your practice, and to really take a step back from your everyday life. We hope you can join us.

Daily schedule
4:30am – wake up
5:00 – tea & chanting, zazen
7:15 – breakfast
7:45 – break
8:30 – zazen
10:15 – Dharma talk, zazen (teacher meeting)
12:30pm – lunch
1:00 – samu
1:30 – break
2:15 – zazen, tea, chanting, zazen (long sitting)
4:45 – qi-gong
5:15 – dinner
5:45 – break
6:30 – gyodo, Dharma talk, zazen (teacher meeting)
8:30 – tea & chanting, closing

The public is welcome to drop in to the dharma talks on Wednesday through Sun at 10:15 am.

Wrangler Lodge at Camp Sealth, 14500 SW Camp Sealth Rd, off of Wax Orchard Rd. Enter Camp Sealth and continue straight until you see signs for Wrangler Lodge.

All available scholarships for this event have been awarded as of March 27.

Registration for this event is closed. If you have any questions please contact


April 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
April 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Camp Sealth
14500 SW Camp Sealth Rd
Vashon, WA 98070 United States


Puget Sound Zen Center