Sesshin offers a unique opportunity to deepen one's practice in a supportive atmosphere and to contribute to others doing so as well. Sesshin is conducted in disciplined silence, with every aspect of the day geared towards focusing single-mindedly on the present moment. Dokusan (one-to-one instruction with the teacher) is offered three times a day, and voluntary sitting, outside of the formal rounds, is encouraged. 

The sesshins below may also be attended for shorter periods (2 or 4 days), with everyone beginning on the first night. Discuss with Sensei or Hanya if you wish to sign up for a shorter period.

See also the One day sittings and Urban Two Day retreats page.

Sesshin Dates 

Saturday 4- Saturday 11 January 2020, Summer 7-Day, Bella Rakha
Saturday 22 - Saturday 29 August 2020, Winter 7-Day, Bella Rakha
Friday 8 - Friday 15 January 2021, Summer 7-Day, Bella Rakha
Friday 30 July - Friday 7 August, Winter 7-Day, Bella Rakha

Fees and other information
  • Fee for 7-day sesshins at Bella Rakha: 
    • Attending the whole sesshin:
      • supporting member: $665 waged , $560 unwaged
      • non-member: $735 waged , $630 unwaged
    • Attending one or more full days: 
      • supporting member $95/day waged , $80/day unwaged
      • non-member $105/day waged , $90/day unwaged
    • Attending a section:
      • supporting member $30/section waged , $25/section unwaged
      • non-member $32/section waged , $27/section unwaged
  • Payment is due in full before the start of sesshin unless special arrangements have been made. (Note: There will be an opportunity to offer dana for the teacher after sesshin.)
  • The deadline for applications is two weeks prior to a 7-day sesshin. 
  • Prior zazen experience is required for sesshin. If you have not sat before with the AZC, attendance at an Introductory Workshop (and at weekly sittings if you live in Auckland) may be required. 
Please call Sensei at (09) 550 4383 if you have questions.