Retreats (Sesshin)

A sesshin (literally, “to gather the mind”) is a time when formal Zen practice is the primary focus of what we do. Sometimes these are informally called “retreats,” but in actuality they involve going forward into the heart of our lives.


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

Sesshins at Compassionate Ocean


       Winter 2022

  • Friday, Jan. 28, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Jan. 30, 11:15 A.M.

  • Friday, Mar. 25, 7:00 P.M.–Sunday, Mar. 27, 11:15 A.M.

These weekend sesshins will include sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma talk, a work period, and an opportunity to meet with a teacher.

Led by Michael & Joen O'Neal

Fee: $50 ($45 members)

The January sesshin will be held on Zoom. Some in-person components may be offered, subject to improved COVID conditions.


Mindfulness One-Day Retreat 

This retreat is open to all current participants in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. 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. 

Saturday, Mar 5, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (via Zoom)

Registration Information

Enrollment for retreats is limited, and early registration is encouraged. 

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