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 Heart of Perfect Wisdom Zendo (HPWZ) guidelines.

​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.

3-Month Winter Retreat, December 6, 2019 - March 6, 2020 at HPWZ

​Weekly sittings as well as group instruction, advising, and Zen talks will continue as usual during this 3-month period of intensified practice at HPWZ. 

Community Retreat Week, February 17-22, at HPWZ

Each month of the winter retreat will have a week when sangha may participate in daily sittings.  There's no fee but donations are gratefully accepted.  We suggest non-members give $5 but any contribution, large or small, will be much appreciated.  All sittings to be held at HPWZ unless otherwise indicated. Please contact the Center to let us know which of these February 2020 community retreat week sittings you'll be joining:


February Non-Residential Zen Retreat, February 23, 7 am - 6 pm, at HPWZ (Deadline: Feb. 16)

The final day of February's community retreat week will have an extended sitting appropriate for retreat newcomers as well as long-time sitters wanting a more intense day of meditation. In addition to sitting and walking meditation, the retreat will also include a live Zen talk, group instruction, silent meals, and work practice. Click here for the schedule and here for registration. 

Because seating is limited at HPWZ, preference will be given to those doing the entire retreat.  You may attend a portion of the day if seating is available.  Meals will be provided.​  A donation of $20 ($10 for members, students, and seniors) is suggested, but no one is EVER turned away for lack of payment.  We gratefully accept cash, check, or contributions by debit or credit card via the Paypal button above.

  • 6:30 - 8 am
  • ​6:30 - 8 pm