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 Sesshins at Compassionate Ocean

  • Friday, Jan. 10, 7:00 P.M. - Sunday, Jan. 12, Noon

  • Friday, March 15, 7:00 P.M. - Sunday, March 17, Noon


Led by Joen & Michael O'Neal

These practice events will include sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma talk, body practice, and a work period. There will also be an opportunity to meet with a teacher.

Fee: $50 (members: $45) 

Includes vegetarian meals. Register at least one week in advance online (Retreats are listed in the Retreats Fees section of the online form), or by calling the Center: 612-781-7640. 

Weekend Sesshin at Ryumonji Monastery

  • Friday, Feb. 21, 5:30 P.M. - Sunday, Feb. 23, 1:00 P.M.


Led by Rev. Shoken Winecoff

This weekend sesshin will take place at Ryumonji Monastery, near Deborah, Iowa, about a three-hour drive from the Twin Cities. The sesshin will include a "Shuso" (head monk) ceremony for Genpo Michael O'Neal, an important stage on traditional Zen training, as well as a "Shuso tea" the evening before. 

To register for this sesshin, please contact Michael at Compassionate Ocean well in advance. 

Fee: $175 (members: $150) 

For further information about Ryumonji, see

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.