Seasonal Meditation Days

Winter Photo

Zen Meditation Days are a wonderful chance to ground, refresh, and nourish your life and meditation practice. Please bring a pair of hiking boots and a packed lunch.


Winter Zen Meditation Day

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2024. The wood stoves will be burning!

Spring Zen Meditation Day

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024.

Time: 9am-5pm

Place: Held at Big Bear Retreat Center in Walton, Oregon.

Cost: Suggested donation $35-$95. By check or PayPal to

To Register: Send us an email at Please specify this event in the Subject Heading. We’ll email you a registration form. Also feel free to call us with questions.


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Rough Schedule

9am - Noon: Seated meditation interspersed with periods of walking meditation outside.

Noon - 1:15pm: Lunch and break

1:15 - 2:30pm: Zen yoga for the spring

2:30 - 4:45pm: Seated meditation interspersed with periods of walking meditation outside.

4:45pm: Closing circle

Feedback From Previous Meditation Days

"It was such a wonderful day that carried over! The next few days after I felt slower. Air was crisper,colors brighter and had such a feeling of peace and gratitude."

"I felt the melt."

"[The] Zen Day helped to reinvigorate and inspire my zen practice. Time in the forest, shared with good people, is good medicine."

"It underscored for me the importance of taking time to "be in the moment," and being open to my thoughts and senses.  Giving myself a full day of this felt/feels like a gift."

"...draws one inward to connect more authentically with oneself and others."

"...strengthened and supported my practice and sense of our community.  Coming home, I naturally slid into expanding my evening practice.  I attribute that shift to the "boost" of the Big Bear retreat."

"The day of meditation was beneficial to my practice and life. The setting was beautiful, serene, and had a level of quiet that I haven't experienced in many years. Shinkai gracefully created an atmosphere of sincere practice while maintaining enough informality to feel welcoming and approachable. The day stayed with me for at least a week and bolstered the foundation of mindfulness in my practice and life."