Breakthrough to Zen Retreats

Our Breakthrough to Zen Retreats are based on Daizan Roshi’s 3-day (64 hour) retreat format. We focus on contemplation and communication with a partner in a dyad format. This creates a uniquely powerful combination. This retreat is suitable for those with no prior meditation experience and is also effective for those who already have an on-going or developing practice. The time is designed for you to touch into the deeper dimensions of your true nature.

Contact bluecliffzen@gmail.com to register



The Next Retreat is Winter of 2022. January 6-9, 2022.

  • Dates: Thursday, January 6 (dinner) – Sunday, January 9 (lunch), 2022.

  • Facilitator: Shinkai

  • LocationIn-person at St. Benedict Lodge in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon.  All private rooms.  

  • Cost: Meals/lodging: $225, plus a donation to the facilitator.

  • Please email bluecliffzen@gmail.com for the registration packet.  *Please note: all participants and staff must be fully vaccinated and also be tested for Covid three days prior to retreat. There will also be a self test the evening of arrival.

  • More information about our Breakthrough to Zen Retreats can be found here.



The spring BTZ Retreat is May 20-23, 2022 in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon.


Impressions

  • “…filled with peaceful energy, and knowing it’s not just within me but everywhere. Heart open in every direction.”

  • “I feel relaxed, present, at ease, embraced, hopeful. I feel on the verge of an inner peace that has eluded me my entire adult life.”

  • “During the third day I felt a breakthrough into a new zone. Working with my koan helped me gradually shift my sense of self from my head to my heart, and my sense of being from definitional to embracing and inclusive of other people…”

  • as I looked over the entire library I suddenly and unexpectedly saw that we were just That!  All entirely woven together in life!  My heart felt full of compassion for everyone and myself, but for a brief time there was no “myself.” I never experienced anything like that. Just then big white snow flakes began falling and it seemed to me a confirmation of the incredible beauty and wonder that had awakened my mind.”

  • “Everything shifted on the second day. I am here to BE. I am here. I am enough…we are all enough and will always have what is needed in this moment.”

  • “While walking in the forest, gently repeating my question (Why am I here?), things suddenly shifted. I saw that I AM HERE. There wasn’t an I and a here. I am this here-ness.  This seeing was so clear, so true, and utterly basic. I had always thought that seeing Reality would mean bolts of lightening, like having the biggest ah-ha moment ever. But, it wasn’t like that at all. It was like a tiny puff of breath had lifted the barest of silk covering my eyes. And I just saw the world as it is. I didn’t feel high or emotional, I actually felt slightly embarrassed. I was in Reality, and it wasn’t that hard to get here.”

  • “gratitude for the privilege of being here in this process. Deep connection with Self and other people.”

  • “I was looking out when I already possessed what I was searching for, I just didn’t know it. Everything I wanted, I already have. Here, now.”

  • “One of the most important events of my life.”


Past Fall 2021 Breakthrough to Zen Retreat



Past Winter 2020 Breakthrough to Zen Retreat


  • Dates: Thursday, January 2 (6pm) – Sunday, January 5 (noon), 2020.

  • Teacher: Shinkai

  • Location: St. Benedict Lodge in McKenzie Bridge, OR


Past Fall 2019 Breakthrough to Zen Retreat

  • Dates: Thursday, September 24 (6pm) – Sunday, September 27 (2pm), 2020.

  • Teacher: Daizan

  • Location: Big Bear Retreat Center in Walton, Oregon. (about 40 minutes east of Eugene)

  • Accommodation/meals/retreat cost: $235. In addition to the accommodation/meal/retreat fee is a donation for the teacher(s). This is made depending on your means; we do not charge a fixed amount. Suggested teacher donation is between $150-350. Please plan to pay in one payment upon registration (for example, one check for $385) unless other arrangements have been made with us.

  • Please register with bluecliffzen@gmail.com for the registration packet.


Past Spring 2019 BTZ Retreat

  • Dates: Thursday, May 23 (6pm) – Sunday, May 26 (noon), 2019.

  • Location: St. Benedict Lodge in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon

  • Accommodation/meals: $215. In addition to the accommodation/meal cost is a donation for the retreat itself. This is made depending on your means; we do not charge a fixed amount for these retreats. Suggested donation is $100-250.

  • Email bluecliffzen@gmail.com to register

  • Please plan to come for the entire retreat.


 Past – Winter 2019 BTZ Retreat

  • Dates: Thursday, January 3 (6pm) – Sunday, January 6 (noon), 2019.

  • Location: St. Benedict Lodge in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon

  • Led by Shinkai

  • Accommodation/meals: $195. In addition to the accommodation/meal cost is a donation for the retreat itself. This is made depending on your means; we do not charge a fixed amount for these retreats. Suggested donation is $100-250.

  • Please plan to come for the entire retreat.


Past Fall 2018 BTZ Retreat

  • Led by Daizan Roshi from Zenways Sangha in London. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a wonderful teacher. Please come if you can!

  • Retreat is full. Please keep an eye out for the next one in January, 2019.

  • Location: Big Bear Retreat Center in Walton, Oregon

  • Dates: Thursday, September 27 (6pm) – Sunday, September 30 (noon), 2018.

  • Accommodation/meals: $195. In addition to the accommodation/meal cost is a donation for the retreat itself. This is made depending on your means; we do not charge a fixed amount for these retreats. Suggested donation is $100-250.

  • Please plan to come for the entire retreat.


Past Spring 2018 BTZ Retreat

  • Location: St. Benedict in McKenzie Bridge, OR. Please see pictures below.

  • Dates: Thursday, May 10 (6pm) – Sunday, May 13 (noon)

  • Accommodation/meals: $215. In addition to the accommodation/meal cost is a donation for the retreat itself. This is made depending on your means; we do not charge a fixed amount for these retreats. Suggested donation is $75-150.

  • Please plan to come for the entire retreat.


Past Winter 2018 BTZ Retreat

  • When: Thursday, January 11 (6pm) – Sunday, January 14 (noon). 

  • Location: Location Camp Lutherwood. See pictures below.

  • Amount: Accommodation/meals are $195. In addition to the accommodation/meal cost is a donation for the retreat itself. This is made depending on your means; we do not charge a fixed amount for these retreats. Suggested donation is $75-150.

  • Please plan to come for the entire retreat.


Camp Lutherwood Oregon Pictures:


Past Fall 2017 BTZ Retreat

September 21 – 24, 2017, Camp Lutherwood Oregon

We are pleased to offer this special retreat on the Autumn Equinox, September 21-24, 2017 at Camp Lutherwood Oregon. This beautiful, peaceful setting is just a short 35 minute drive from Eugene on Hwy 36 between Fern Ridge and Triangle Lake.

  • Dates: UPDATED due to wildfire cancelation: Thursday, September 21 (6pm) – Sunday, September 24 (noon), 2017

  • Location: Camp Lutherwood Oregon near Fern Ridge Reservoir outside of Eugene

  • Details: Due to wildfire conditions in McKenzie Bridge we had to reschedule the 3-Day Intensive Zen Retreat. We offer our sincere apologies to those who have been inconvenienced by this change.

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