Daily Schedule

The schedule is designed to give a general sense of the flow of the day. Actual times may vary slightly from those posted. Any variations will be announced.

5:00 am
Wakeup​
5:30 – 6:00
Chanting​
6:00 – 7:00
Sit​
7:00 – 8:30
Online Support (private instruction with Shinzen)​
7:00 – 7:30
Yoga​
7:30 – 8:00
Sit

8:00 – 9:15
Breakfast and Rest​

9:15 – 11:30
Group Process (group lessons)​​
9:15 – 10:00
Sit or Walk​
10:00 – 11:00
Sit​
11:00 – 11:45
Sit or Walk​
11:45 – 12:30
Sit​

12:30 – 2:30
Lunch and Rest​

2:30 – 3:00
Sit​
3:00 – 4:30
Online Support​
3:00 – 3:30
Sit or Walk​
3:30 – 4:30
Sit or Yoga​
4:30 – 6:00
Sit​

6:00 – 7:15
Dinner and Rest​

7:15 – 7:45
Sit​
7:45 – 9:00
Dharma Talk (mindfulness-related lectures given by Shinzen)​
9:00 – 9:15
Stretch Break​
9:00 – 10:30
Online Support​
9:15 – 10:00
Sit​
10:00 pm
Sleep or Yaza (Optional Night Sitting)​

​There are some long sits scheduled. We encourage you to adjust your involvement with the schedule as is appropriate. Experienced meditators may want to intensify their practice by meditating alone in their rooms to avoid the frequent breaks.

On the other hand, first timers may want to “sit out” a few periods to rest or take a walk. For first timers, the only required participation is to come to the first timers’ group discussions, the group processes and the dharma talks.

Non-first timers are completely free in terms of their participation. During meditation periods each retreatant may practice whatever form of meditation they feel most comfortable with, although the talks and guided meditation are all based on Shinzen’s reformulation of traditional meditation techniques.

Retreatants are encouraged to alternate in using a chair with sitting on the floor if the discomfort of sitting becomes a problem.​