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Monday, April – Sunday, April 7, 2024

Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael & Online in Zoom

Applications to attend in person are closed.

Invitations to register for in-person will go out Monday, Feb 19.

Dear Everyday Zen sangha,

This spring, we will again have the chance to sit together for six days, in person and online, waking with the bell and following the call of the han.

Sesshin will start at 5:00 pm on Monday, April 1, and end at noon on Sunday, April 7, 2023 (Pacific Time). The in-person gathering will be held again at the Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael. The virtual gathering will take place through Zoom.

Zoketsu Norman Fischer will lead the Sesshin.  Mei Kan Gen Shin (Luminous River Manifesting Faith) Anlor Davin is our Shuso.

For information on fees and the application and registration process, please see the 2024 Sesshin Application page.

The draft daily schedule and guidelines for participating in person and on Zoom can be found below, along with the link for dana to support our offerings. For in-person participants, there is also general information on arrival and departure and Covid protocols. For Zoom participants, there is information on the commitment we ask you to make.

More detailed information for both in-person and Zoom participants will be provided in ‘welcome’ emails a few days before the start of the sesshin.

We look forward to sharing this precious time for practice with you.

Norman and the Everyday Zen Sesshin Team

Sesshin Application
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Daily Schedule

A core instruction in sesshin is to follow the schedule. Click the button below to see last year’s Daily Schedule as an indication of what to expect this year. The final schedule for this year will be posted closer to the date of the sesshin.

Example Sesshin Daily Schedule (2023)


Guidelines on Participation

Sesshin is an intense silent retreat different from our monthly one-day sittings. Here are guidelines from Norman that express our intention to practice together in sesshin with strong seriousness of purpose.

Norman's Notes on Sesshin Notes Adapted for Zoom


Support Everyday Zen

For in-person participants, the fee for room and board covers only our direct costs to Santa Sabina. Please consider making a separate donation of $150 for Norman and his teachings and for the administrative costs of organizing and offering this sesshin.

For Zoom participants, joining the sesshin is entirely by donation with a suggested donation of $150.

Dana for practice discussion with senior teachers during sesshin can be arranged directly with senior teachers.

Make a Donation

For In Person Participants

Arrival Info

Arriving at Santa Sabina Center

Registration will begin at 4:00 pm on Monday, April 1. In the event that Covid testing is required, we may ask participants to arrive earlier, according to a schedule that our Covid team will provide (see below). Please do not come earlier than requested unless you have been specifically invited by the inos to do so.

You will be able to pay any outstanding fees, get settled into your room, and set up your space in the zendo prior to dinner, served at 6:00 p.m. An orientation, one period of zazen, and the Pali Refuges will complete the evening by 9:00 p.m.

Sesshin will end at noon Sunday, April 7.

Santa Sabina is not able to accommodate arrivals earlier than 3 pm on Monday, April 1 or departures later than 2 pm on Sunday, April 7.

Covid Protocols

Covid Testing & Protocols

At the Santa Sabina Center, to ensure optimal health practices and for the safety of all participants, we will observe the protocols developed by our hosts and by the Everyday Zen Covid Safety Group, informed by current research. All attendees must be fully vaccinated and boosted. On-site testing for Covid and masking while indoors may also be required.

Because the Covid situation is in constant flux, we cannot at this point determine what the protocols will be. Participants will be alerted by email as soon as this has been determined and another email will be sent the week prior to sesshin confirming the details. Please be prepared to bring N95, KN95, or KF94 masks.

For those traveling on an airplane we recommend testing at home with a rapid antigen test before you leave, as well.

For Zoom Participants


Join Us on Zoom

As with any sesshin, in deciding to particpate, you are making a commitment to follow the schedule and the guidelines of the Inos. Participation on Zoom is designed for those who sign up to sit the full sesshin. It is not offered as an opportunity for drop-in practice.

At the same time, we realize that not everyone will be able to follow the sesshin schedule in sync with those of us tuning to the rhythms of the in-person sangha in Santa Sabina. For long-distance participants, please follow the schedule as much as you can manage given your time zone.

Suggestions for setting up your practice space and information on dokusan and practice discussion will be provided with the ‘welcome’ email a few days before the start of sesshin.

Information on registration will available in March.