Summer Half-day Retreat and Work Party

We/ve set the date for our half-day retreat on Saturday, August 3rd. The spring half-day retreat was a great success, and we’ll be keeping the same format and schedule. Partial attendance is allowed and you may arrive or leave as needed from 8:15am on, but please do so only during kinhin and break times. Pre-registration is not required for the practice periods from 8:30am on.

8:30 zazen

8:55 kinhin

9:00 zazen

9:25 kinhin

9:30 zazen

9:55 break

10:10 kinhin walk to riverfront

10:40 chi-kung/stretching

11:00 zazen

11:25 kinhin

11:30 zazen

11:55 kinhin

12:00 zazen

12:25 chanting/prostrations

We are also offering an additional early morning practice experience using some of the monastic forms. There is the option of arriving the night before, doing yaza (informal night sitting) and sleeping in the zendo, or arriving from home by 6:20am. Please email ( to pre-register for the early-morning or for overnight as we’ll need to know the number of attendees to plan for the baito tea and okayu (rice porridge) breakfast.

6:00 kaijo (wake up)

6:20 do-in-ho (movement)/baito sarei (pickled plum tea in zendo)

6:30 choka (long chanting service)

7:00 zazen

7:30 shukuza (formal breakfast)

8:00 clean up & break

The suggested minimum donation for the retreat is $20 per person (Venmo @ironcityrinzai (5532) or use the donate button at, but, as always, ability to donate is not a requirement for participation. Please, come practice together!

Also, there will be a work party together with the Stillpoint Zen sangha on Saturday, August 17th. There will be one hour of zazen starting at 9:30am, and work will begin at 10:30 on several projects to clean up and improve the building, including refinishing and staining the back deck. We’ll break for a pot luck lunch at 1:00pm. Please feel free to stop by any time to help out!

(Photo by Roland Schmid

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