Spring Sesshin 2020

This retreat was cancelled due to the shutdown from the corona virus. 

May 29 to June 5, 2020
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.

Our Great Spring Sesshin promises to be truly special as we look toward our theme of Yunmen’s Treasure

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 of CityZen and Megan Rundel, Sensei of Crimson Gate. 

We’ll take up these classic koans together:

Yunmen’s One Treasure
Yunmen said to the assembly, “Within heaven and earth, in the midst of the cosmos, there is one treasure, hidden in the body. Holding a lantern, it goes toward the Buddha hall. It brings the great triple gate and puts it on the lantern.”

Yunmen’s Revelation
A monk asked Yunmen, "When the tree withers and the leaves fall, what is that?"
Yunmen said, “The Golden Wind is revealing itself.”

What is this golden nature that is revealed when things fall away? What is this one treasure and how can you find it in your very own body?
Let’s find out together.

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

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
Megan Rundel Sensei is authorized to teach in the koan Zen tradition by Joan Sutherland Roshi. She has practiced Zen for over 25 years, is the founder of Crimson Gate in Oakland Ca, and also a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst.  
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
Megan Rundel Sensei, Crimson Gate

For more information and registration email Gary Brandt: gbrandt@sonic.net

Deposit: $150 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your application. The full amount is due prior to the start of sesshin. 
Cancellation policy: full refunds are provided for cancellations more than 30 days in advance of the retreat. 50% refunds are provided for cancellations less than 30 days in advance. We don't offer any refunds for cancellations one week or less in advance. 

Some part time and work scholarship spaces are available.

Full-time rate includes room and board: $975
Part-time rates include 3 meals:
Day rate: $100 per day
1 night: $150
2 nights: $300
3 nights: $450
4 nights: $600
5 nights: $750
6 nights: $900