Rochester Zen Center

Each year in June or July we hold our annual work retreat in honor of Ralph Chapin. Our objective is to work together with Sangha friends on buildings and grounds – and at the same time intensify our practice and enjoy the beauty of Chapin Mill. Individuals or families who want to camp on the property in their own tents or RV’s are welcome to, and there is plenty of room in the retreat center as well.

We sit a bit more than the regular training schedule, and daisan or dokusan are offered each day. Our schedule is set with the bulk of our work in the morning and with most of the afternoon free for unstructured activity – swimming, walking in the woods, visiting with friends, or more sitting in the new zendo.

This year’s work retreat will run from the evening of June 23 through June 27.  (See schedule below.)  Pictures from previous years are in the Photo Gallery.

Ralph Chapin Memorial Work Retreat Schedule

(Call or email to sign up for all or any part.)

Tuesday evening
7:00-9:00         Zazen
5:15 a.m.          Wakeup
5:45-7:00          Zazen, chanting
7:15                  Breakfast
7:45                  Work meeting
10:30                Tea break
12:45                Lunch
1:15-1:45          Clean up
7:00-9:00          Zazen (with daisan Tues and Thurs, dokusan Fri and Wed)
5:45 a.m.          Wakeup
6:15-7:15          Zazen, chanting
7:30                  Breakfast
8:00                  Work meeting
10:45                Tea break
1:00                  Lunch
1:30-2:45          Clean up and pack up (staff)