Sesshin & Workhops

Each year the Melbourne Zen Group organises two traditional, silent, seven day residential Zen retreats known as sesshin – one in Autumn, and one in Spring.

The group also organises a non-residential sesshin each year over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, and at least one other significant activity with one of our teachers such as a workshop of some kind, or zazenkai with dokusan (individual meeting with the teacher about practice.)

Sesshin is a time for concentrated practice in the company of dedicated and supportive fellow practitioners. Each day of sesshin includes extended periods of seated meditation and walking meditation, dokusan, teisho (dharma talks), and work and rest periods. Meals are vegetarian.

Members of the public can sign up to receive further information about our retreats and workshops as it becomes available.

Upcoming Sesshin & Workshops



June 6-8: Non-residential sesshin, Queen’s birthday weekend, with Susan Murphy Roshi (Balwyn Community Centre)

Application form (pdf)

Application form (doc)


September 4-11: Sesshin with Subhana Barzaghi Roshi (Kallara Conference Centre, near Euroa)

December 5-6: Rohatsu Zazenkai Weekend with Subhana Barzaghi Roshi (CERES Learning Centre, Brunswick East)