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, 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 kinhin preceding yaza.  Full schedule will be: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. – formal sitting with yaza (optional extra round of sitting); 8:30 - 8:45 p.m. - optional tea.  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.


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


​Regular weekly sittings (including tea) on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings as well as advising will continue as usual during HPWZ's 3-month winter retreat. 


Community Retreat Week, December 15 - 21, at HPWZ


For each month of the winter retreat there is a week when sangha may drop in for any or all the daily sittings.  Between periods of meditation the HPWZ resident will work, study/read, or rest.  You may do the same.  Silence is preferred, but functional speech is ok, too.  Tea and fruit will be available in the kitchen the entire week.  Please bring your own meals.  There is no fee for these retreats but donations will be gratefully accepted; your generosity makes these events possible.  Be sure to arrive in time to put away your meal(s) and set up a seat in the zendo before meditation begins.  Please stay for the entire zazen period.  All sittings to be held at HPWZ unless otherwise indicated.  Here's the schedule:

​              *  Sundays:


         **  Tuesdays & Thursdays:

       Daily sittings:

  • 6 - 7 am
  • 9 - 10 am
  • 12 - 1 pm
  • 3 - 4 pm *
  • 6 - 7 pm **
  • 8:30 - 9:30 pm