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 & Teacher Talks


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

This zazenkai is now fully booked, and a waiting list applies – Further information


February 12: Friday Evening Public Talk by Susan Murphy Roshi (CERES Learning Centre, Brunswick East)

February 13-14: Weekend Zazenkai with Susan Murphy (Reservoir)

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