Meditation Retreats and Other Extended Sittings


Louisville Zen Center offers Zen meditation retreats and other extended sittings of various lengths conducted in silence with eyes lowered as aids to concentration. Sangha may also participate in sesshin (residential Zen meditation retreats) and other intensive meditation events led by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede and/or his senior students.

Retreat is a cooperative endeavor by a number of people working shoulder-to-shoulder for prolonged periods.  With this sustained effort and support, retreats can heal, strengthen, and unify the mind, body, and emotions to a much greater degree than daily individual or group sitting. Those who have completed the Introduction to Zen Meditation or equivalent are welcome to attend. Participants are simply asked to follow LZC forms and customs and if any of the retreat is held at Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ), please also observe the guidelines for practicing there.


​Louisville Zen Center operates as much as possible on dana (or giving).  Your generosity makes events like these possible  Limited scholarships are available for fee-based retreats.



​Extended Sitting: Yaza, September 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at HPWZ (optional informal sitting at 6 p.m.)

Yaza is a Japanese word for nighttime sitting.  We'll have our regular sitting then a short tea break before offering optional nighttime sitting that is above and beyond our usual routine.  Those that need to leave at the regular time may do so during the break.  Full schedule will be: 6:30 - 7:55 p.m. – formal sitting, 7:55 - 8:05 p.m. - tea break, 8:05 - 8:30 p.m. - structured yaza.  You may extend your sitting even more by arriving for informal sitting at 6 p.m.  Newcomers, beginners, and experienced meditators are invited.  A $5 donation ($3 for students and seniors) is suggested, but not required.  We gratefully accept cash or checks.  You may also contribute by debit or credit card via Paypal.  No registration required - just come.


Extended Sitting: Yaza, September 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at HPWZ (optional informal sitting at 6 p.m.)

Yaza is a Japanese word for nighttime sitting.  We'll have our regular sitting then a short tea break before offering optional nighttime sitting that is above and beyond our usual routine.  Those that need to leave at the regular time may do so during the break.  Full schedule will be: 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. – formal sitting, 7:45 - 7:55 p.m. - tea break, 7:55 - 8:30 p.m. - structured yaza.  You may extend your sitting even more by arriving for informal sitting at 6 p.m.  Newcomers, beginners, and experienced meditators are invited.  A $5 donation ($3 for students and seniors) is suggested, but not required.  We gratefully accept cash or checks.  You may also contribute by debit or credit card via Paypal.  No registration required - just come.


Fall Zen Retreat with Sensei Amala Wrightson, October 13, 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., at HPWZ (Deadline: Sep. 29)

This retreat, with nearly eight hours of formal zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation) daily, offers an opportunity to deepen meditation practice, engage in noble silence, and take part in work practice. Participants will hear a live teisho (Zen commentary) and can receive dokusan (private meditation instruction) from our guest teacher, Sensei Amala Wrightson. Uniquely, Sensei will also offer Jukai (taking the precepts ceremony) during the retreat.  Meals will be provided.  Seating is limited.  Preference is given to those completing the entire retreat.  If attending part-time, we ask that you arrive/depart during breaks or open practice.  Cost is $35 ($25 for students, seniors, and members) plus dana (giving) for the teacher for the ceremony is suggested.  Cash or checks only.  Click here for the retreat schedule.  Retreat registration MS Word or PDF


​Extended Sitting: Yaza, November 5, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at HPWZ (optional informal sitting at 6 p.m.)

Yaza is a Japanese word for nighttime sitting.  We'll have our regular sitting then a short tea break before offering optional nighttime sitting that is above and beyond our usual routine.  Those that need to leave at the regular time may do so during the break.  Full schedule will be: 6:30 - 7:55 p.m. – formal sitting, 7:55 - 8:05 p.m. - tea break, 8:05 - 8:30 p.m. - structured yaza.  You may extend your sitting even more by arriving for informal sitting at 6 p.m.  Newcomers, beginners, and experienced meditators are invited.  A $5 donation ($3 for students and seniors) is suggested, but not required.  We gratefully accept cash or checks.  You may also contribute by debit or credit card via Paypal.  No registration required - just come.