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“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”. ― Chief Seattle. 

Retreat Dates: April 12-16
Time: Wednesday evening- Sunday afternoon
Location: Whitewater State Park  (flying into Minneapolis or Rochester, MN or La Crosse, WI) By care, Whitewater is 2 hours southeast of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area, 2.5 hours from Madison, WI and 5 hours from Chicago, IL. 
Cost: $350- includes all food, lodging, supplies, and programming
Registration closes  April 1st, 2023.
Please reach out if you need  financial assistance or if you would like to set up a payment plan.

Please contact Kisho with any

Join the Zen Garland Oders Community for a 5-day Zen retreat immersed in the peaceful, natural beauty of Whitewater State Park.

Guiding teachers at the retreat include: Roshi Paul Genki Kahn, Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn,  Roshi Paul Kisho Stern, Sensei Trish Baishin Johnson.

This retreat will allow you to settle in with a safe, supportive structure and under the guidance of a wonderful team of highly experienced teachers allowing you to fully immerse yourself in Zen practice. The daily schedule for this retreat includes several periods of zazen/kinhin, private dialogue and interviews (dokusan) with teachers, Dharma talks, yoga and qi gong, engagement with the natural world, liturgy, work practice, Big Mind process, Zen Focusing and contemplative, creative work . The design of this retreat is to support serious practitioners in deepening their practice across our ZGO Core Practices.

General Retreat Details:

  • Each day will be designed to provide an intensive environment for practice that begins at 5:30 am each day and end at 8:00 pm each evening.
  • There will be periods of extended silence as part of our practice.
  • Fees cover Zen teachings, practice environments, healthy vegetarian meals and simple lodging. Please contact us with any special dietary needs –
  • Previous meditation experience and the openness for personal developmental work required. Extended retreats can be challenging while they also provide the opportunity for growth and development.

The Zen Garland Order Teachers look forward to embracing our time together, to deepen and diversify our intimacy with Zen practice. 

Interested in other Zen Garland Order courses, workshops, and retreats?

We have in-person (when appropriate), online, and on-demand offerings for sangha members and others.