Compassionate Ocean Zen Center

652 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55447

Phone: 612-781-7640



These retreats are open to community members as well as others who have had some experience with Buddhist practice and meditation. Each retreat offers an extended opportunity to settle the mind and body and open to the deep wisdom of human life. These retreats are excellent opportunities to strengthen and deepen the practice of presence, including benefiting from the support of others.

 Weekend Sesshin

Friday, Nov. 1, 7:00 P.M. - Sunday, Nov. 3, 11:15 A.M.

Led by Joen & Michael O'Neal

These weekend sesshins ("collecting the mind") will include sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma talk, a work period, and an opportunity to meet wa teacher. Each weekend sesshin also includes three vegetarian meals on Saturday. 

Fee:$50 (members $45)

Total Dynamic Living: One-Day Retreat

Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Led by Joen & Michael O’Neal.


This retreat is open to all current participants in Total Dynamic Living courses. It is also open to graduates of past Total Dynamic Living courses on a donation basis. People not enrolled in a current course should call the Center in advance to reserve a space.

Rohatsu: Buddha's Enlightenment Sesshin

Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:00 P.M. - Saturday, Dec. 8, 11:00 A.M.

Led by Joen & Michael O'Neal

A sesshin is a multi-day period of dedicated Zen practice. The December Rohatsu ("eighth day") sesshin commemorates and reenacts the seven days of meditation culminating in the enlightenment of the Buddha, traditionally celebrated on Dec. 8. Rohatsu sesshins take place at Zen centers throughout the world at this time. This sesshin offers a special opportunity to touch the depth of human life, supporting and being supported by innumerable beings. 

If this will be your first retreat with us, please call Michael at Compassionate Ocean in advance to discuss. 

Full participation is encouraged; however, people can register for one to seven days. Registration will open on November 1 with fees and registration information available on our website. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged. 

Registration Information

Enrollment for classes is limited, and early registration is encouraged. You may print and mail a registration form or register online.

Printable registration form (PDF) to print and mail.

Register online. The retreats are listed in the Retreats Fees section of the online form.