Melting the Ice: A Spring Zen Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Spring zen yoga

Join us for a holistic weekend of Zen yoga, Zen meditation, energy work, and mindful hiking as a way of moving through the end of winter and into spring on the right foot.

As the winter comes to a close the ice begins to melt: not just outside in nature but inside us too. Spring is traditionally seen as a time of new beginnings and offers us an wonderful chance to re-align with who we really are and to develop greater health and success in our relationships, jobs, and spiritual practice. There are many specific practices within the Zen Buddhist tradition that help this melting process along.

This workshop will deeply nourish and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit.

Dates: Friday, April 12 (6:30pm) - Sunday, April 14 (11:30am).

Location: Blue Cliff Zen Center in Eugene, Oregon. Non-residential.

$95 supported
$145 sustaining
$205 supporting

Covid Policy: In line with state guideline, masks will be optional at this retreat.

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Past Impressions

"Fun, restoring, a wonderful time. I laughed and stretched and found some silence and peace. A great group of people and a great start to my spring."

"Gorgeous! Lucky to be intimately in nature. I appreciated the time to hike."

"I really appreciated this time to focus on myself and my health, and to do it with a supportive community. The shared practices were engaging, simple enough while also challenging in their depth and potential."

"I had a great experience - it was great to get a jump start to my meditation practice. I liked journaling after, it helped see what's going on in the old brain and sort of set it free through writing."

"I feel inspired and renewed. It was wonderful. Beautiful environment, great people and an awesome teacher..."

"I feel healthy inside and out. I have had some great moments of clarity that I hope to take home with me!"

"I took this time as an opportunity to ease the transition into spring and it coincided nicely with my transition into a new job with a greater level of responsibility than my previous one. I'm seeing the importance of taking time for silence, reflection and for movement. I'm leaving this retreat with a renewed commitment to making meditation and movement a part of my daily routine. I'm energized!"

"I feel hopeful. This was a nice intensive to hit a reset button. Shedding the old..."

"The retreat had a nice pace with a good balance of yoga, meditation, and free time. Location is fantastic, very restorative."

"It was very very good. I feel clean, young, fresh. Empowered and proactive. Beyond winter...cleared."

"...a very nice community and very relaxed while developing great skills."

"Inspiring! The winter retreat was warm and cozy, where the spring retreat was expansive - cracking the shell of winter. It definitely helps me to peer out of hibernation and see the energy of spring!"

"Excellent! Great balance between activities. I feel like I worked through some stuff that had accumulated, and I feel looser. I feel like kindness, acceptance, and grace are coming more easily to me at the end of the practice."

"This was oh so rejuvenating!"

"I really feel like I did internal cleanse work - my mind and body feel clearer and more energized."

"The retreat was wonderful - I learned so much that I intend to continue when I am home. I feel that I have a new mindset for spring. I also want to look into incorporating the seasons so much more into my life; with foods, processes, internal and external understanding of the changes per season and, of course, continuing with yoga and meditation (and learning more about what direction to take them seasonally)."


We follow all state regulations with regards to Covid-19. This means wearing masks. Please stay home if you are feeling unwell.

Rough Schedule

7-9pm: opening, zen yoga for the winter and meditation

(breakfast at home)
8am: meditation
9am: fostering unity practice
9:30am: zen yoga for the spring
11:00am: meditation
11:30-3:30pm: lunch (on your own), hiking, rest
3:30pm: zen jin shin for the spring
5:30pm: meditation
6pm: dinner (on your own)
6:45-8:30pm: reido and meditation

(breakfast at home)
8am: meditation
9am: fostering unity/zen taiso
10:30am: closing/integration
11:30: clean-up