Sesshin January 2023


SEVEN-DAY WINTER SESSHIN
JANUARY 20-27 2023
Full or part time attendance 
Scholarships available

St. Dorothy’s Rest
Occidental, Sonoma County


Sesshin is an ancient Zen tradition; it’s a special environment built to help you discover your own awakening. Often in your daily life, the light of your attention goes out from you into the world; during sesshin you turn the light back inward into your own heart/mind.

We are so looking forward to meeting in person for the first time in a long while at our Great Winter Sesshin

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work with three women teachers in the koan Zen tradition. CityZen’s lead teacher, Rachel Mansfield-Howlett, Roshi will be teaching alongside Michelle Brandt, Sensei and Deanna Hopper, Sensei of CityZen. 


We practice in a relaxed traditional form of sesshin, with lots of dharma talks and opportunity for meeting individually with the teachers. Our silent retreat is held at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker, with stunning views of the redwoods and rolling hills and featuring exquisitely made hearty vegetarian meals.

We wholeheartedly invite you to join us for this precious week.

Rachel Mansfield-Howlett Roshi is a koan master in the Pacific Zen School lineage and the Founder and senior teacher at CityZen in Santa Rosa CA. With degrees in botany and law she is also a public benefit environmental attorney. She is a contributor to The Book of Mu: Essential Writings on Zen's Most Important Koan and The Hidden Lamp, Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women

Michelle Brandt Sensei is authorized to teach in the koan Zen tradition at CityZen by Rachel Mansfield-Howlett Roshi. She has practiced Zen for over 30 years, trained as an interfaith spiritual director and medical qigong practitioner, and has been a student of the Way of Tea in the Urasenke School since 2010.     
Rachel Mansfield-Howlett Roshi, CityZen
Michelle Brandt Sensei, CityZen