The Seven-Day Summer Sesshin at Zenwest’s Red Flag Mountain Temple in Sooke is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in intensive residential Zen practice, and to participate in co-creating our Sangha’s space.

Check our Schedule and Events page to see the dates that sesshin will be held this year.

The schedule includes plenty of sitting, there will be a great opportunity for Samu (work practice) and our efforts will be going into developing our own practice place – Kokizan-ji (Red Flag Mountain Temple). There will be chanting, yoga and silent hikes, formal meals, Dharma talks and interview with Eshu Osho. Essentially, this is an immersive residential Zen training experience.

Participants are encouraged to camp right here at Zenwest, but you may also commute home and back if you wish.

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  • If you would like to camp, but don’t have the gear, our Sangha may be able to help.
  • If you would like to stay at Zenwest, but have special considerations, if possible, arrangements will be made.
  • If you have a camper or trailer, and would like to use it, that would be wonderful.
  • If you have a camper or trailer, and would be willing to offer it to a fellow member that needs something a bit less rustic than camping.

Part-time participation is possible.

Comings and goings will necessarily be somewhat controlled by our Shika in order to maintain the intensity of the programme. Provisions such as the menu, food, and supplies need to be arranged, according to participation, so “drop in” is unfortunately not an option. The earlier we know that you are coming, the easier it will be to accommodate you.

Full-Time participants should plan to stay through the entire sesshin, as the closing circle is an important part of the sesshin experience.

Fees are as follows:

  • Full Members
    • Included in Full Membership; all you need to do is let us know when you would like to attend.
    • $50 Deposit is required to hold a space.
  • Basic and Distance Members
    • $50 Deposit is required to hold a space.
    • $50/day or $350 for the week, which includes meals.

Fees should be paid in full at least 72 hours before you arrive.

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