We believe that Zen practice can be deeply nourishing and life-changing for anyone. We aim to make it useful and accessible.

Blue Cliff Zen Center practice encourages the enhancement of well-being, vitality, and awareness of the body, energy, and mind. Our activities and practices support those with living grounded, awake lives in the busy modern world.


We are committed to creating a community and environment that welcome and support all people – regardless of their gender identity, age, race, ethnic origin, body type, religion, sexuality, and background.


  • It would be great to have you!
  • Here's a link to a few things to consider when coming for the first time: link.

COVID Update/Attending Online:

  • We’re open for in-person meditation and are following the state of Oregon guidelines. Masks are currently optional.
  • We offer our weekly meditation sessions and most events online too. If you’d like to join us please send an email to bluecliffzen@gmail.com and we’ll send you the links.
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings (from 7 – 7:30am)
  • Tuesday and Thursday mornings (from 7 – 8am)
  • Sunday evenings (from 4:30 – 6pm)
  • About Zen Yoga
  • Zen Yoga Classes/Retreats
  • Zenways Yoga Teacher Training
  • Breakthrough To Zen Retreats
  • Seasonal Retreats
  • Zenways Japan Trip
  • Zen Jin Shin Workshops
  • Zen Meditation Days
  • Meditation/Mindfulness For Health & Well-Being Course
  • Meditation/Mindfulness For Grounding & Insight Course
  • Zenways Meditation/Mindfulness Teacher Training
  • Zenways Yoga Teacher Training
  • Studying to Become a Zen Teacher



Dates: Thursday, September 21 - Sunday, September 24 (2pm), 2023. At Big Bear Retreat Center in Walton, Oregon. In-person. Led by Daizan.

Dates: October 5 - November 2, 2023. 5 Thursdays from 7-8:30pm in Eugene. In-person and online.

Dates: Saturday, October 7th from 9am-5pm. At Big Bear Retreat Center in Walton, Oregon. In-person. Please bring a packed lunch and hiking shoes. Led by Shinkai.

Dates: Friday, October 20 (7pm) - Sunday, October 22 (3pm). A retreat focused on transitioning into the fall season. Non-residential.

Dates: Thursday, November 9 (7pm) - Sunday, November 12 (6pm), 2023. Online. Led by Shinkai.


Dates: Thursday, January 4 - Sunday, January 7 (2pm), 2024. At St. Benedict Lodge in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon. In-person. Led by Shinkai.

Dates: Friday, January 27 (7pm) - Sunday, January 29 (3pm). A retreat focused on grounding and bedding into the winter season. Non-residential.

Dates: 15 days. Friday, April 26 - Sunday, May 12, 2024. At Big Bear Retreat Center in Walton, Oregon. In person.

Dates: Monday, June 16 - Friday, June 28, 2024. A 5-day Zen Retreat followed by site-seeing and cultural activities.

Dates: Friday, July 26 (6pm) - Sunday, July 28 or Wednesday, July 31 (lunch), 2024. A 3 or 5 day Zen Retreat focused on transitioning into the harvest season. At Big Bear Retreat Center in Walton, Oregon.

Dates: Sunday, August 24 (6pm) – Sunday, September 1, 2024 (afternoon). At Big Bear Retreat Center in Walton, Oregon. In-person.


Please consider supporting us by making a one-time donation (secure PayPal “donate”) or by being a monthly sponsor for a Zen meditation session at our center. It really helps. Please see our sponsor page to sign up. If you’d like to make a donation now, please click the link below and login to PayPal for a secure transaction. Be sure to provide us with your name and contact information so we can issue you a contribution receipt at the year’s end. For your records, our EIN is 81-3626615.