Retreat Information




  • Friday, 7:00 pm Dharma Talk

  • Saturday 4:30 am – 9:30 pm Retreat

  • Sunday 4:30 am – noon Retreat, Noon – 1:30 Informal Lunch


  • Guests $130, Kwan Um School of Zen Member $90, Dharma Teacher/ Dharma Teacher In Training $70

  • If you only sit for part of the retreat, you will only be asked to pay for the part you attend. No one is ever turned away for an inability to pay. If you cannot afford the entire cost, but would like to attend, please email this address and we will make other arrangements.


Meals are included in the cost of the retreat and are conducted in formal 4-bowl Zen style. If you aren’t familiar with the style someone will show you on the retreat.


During the retreat you will have an opportunity to meet with the retreat leader and ask questions about your life and practice. The interviews are traditional kung-an (Japanese “koan”) style.


Half-day retreats are usually conducted on the second Saturday of each month at DZC. They begin at 1:00 pm and end at 4:30 pm. They are generally 5 rounds of 30 minute rounds of sitting meditation mixed in with walking meditation. The cost is $15 for all participants. No one is turned away for an inability to pay.


All retreats are held at the Dharma Zen Center unless otherwise noted.


Please RSVP by calling us at (323) 934-0330. You can also email us at