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Annual Rohatsu Sesshin in Mexico at Mar de Jade

Dec 09th - All Day

This Silent Zen Meditation Retreat, held two times per year, is a unique opportunity to practice a traditional sesshin in a bilingual and bicultural setting. It is led in English and Spanish, with a mixture of participants from Mexico, US, and Canada, with varying levels of experience. While the practice is intensive, there is a rest time for enjoying the beach and the beautiful natural surroundings. The retreat is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned students. It is possible to bring family members who are non-participants or part-time participants.

Poet and writer Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a well-known Zen Buddhist priest and teacher from California. Former abbot of the oldest Zen organization in the West, the San Francisco Zen Center, he is now spiritual leader of the Everyday Zen Foundation. Norman has been leading retreats at Mar de Jade for 20 years, and his teachings are especially relevant to lives of ordinary people as they work to find peace within their families and communities..


Meditation Retreat includes:

  • Accommodation (Options: Single, Double, Dorm)
  • 3 Vegetarian buffet meals per day
  • Sitting meditation (Zazen)
  • Walking meditation (Kin-hin) indoors and outdoors in nature
  • Dharma Talks (Buddhist teachings and concepts)
  • Private interview with the teacher (Dokusan)
  • Simple work period
  • Time to relax and enjoy the beach.

Retreats are usually 5 full days (6 nights) or 6 full days (7 nights). Accommodation options range from dorm-style rooms to comfortable Suites for single or double occupancy. Offering an additional donation (Dana) for the teacher is appropriate.