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.

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.

The group also organises at least two other teacher-led activities each year, such as workshops, zazenkai with dokusan (individual meeting with the teacher about practice), and non-residential sesshin.

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

Upcoming Sesshin & Workshops


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

Early Bird Fees apply until 14 August

Application forms – doc format

Application form – pdf format

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


April 2-9: Sesshin with Susan Murphy Roshi (Casa Pallotti, Millgrove)