This three-day sesshin will combine traditional Zen forms and Dharma teachings within the natural setting provided by Illinois Beach State Park. Sesshin will take place in a sheltered, open-air environment, and opportunities will be available for tent camping for overnight participants. Daily Dharma talks, discussions, communal meals and nature walks will be offered by Eishin Nancy Easton and Gyoshin Laurel Ross, and other senior students under the guidance of Taigen Dan Leighton. This sesshin offers an opportunity to bring your practice to an encounter with the natural world, without venturing far from home.
It is possible to sign up for one, two, or all three days (for example, participants will arrive Thursday evening, July 7 to camp overnight for Friday sesshin day; Sunday is a half-day to allow for clean-up). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided Friday and Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Some camping and sesshin experience are required for this event, and you must apply by June 15, 2022. Registration for camping sesshin is limited. For more information, or to request an application, please speak to Eishin or Gyoshin, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suggested donation is $100/day for Friday and Saturday, $50 for Sunday (or $35 for those arriving on Sunday morning). Vegetarian meals will be provided, and we will make every effort to accommodate food sensitivities. Sliding scale available upon request. See our Meditation Retreats page for more info, including daily schedule and arriving/departing instructions.