Empty Field offers meditation retreats of varying lengths, giving participants the opportunity to explore meditation at their own pace.
Half-day retreats, called Zazenkai, involve approximately 5 hours of silent sitting and walking meditation, with breaks for refreshment and rest. We also listen to a recorded dharma talk given by a Zen teacher. Half-day retreats offer a wonderful opportunity to cultivate silence and meditation in the midst of busy lives.
Multi-day retreats, called Sesshin, offer a more intensive experience. The first day normally begins with a communal, social dinner, after which the retreatants begin the practice of silence. Sitting and walking meditation commences after dinner, and continues through the rest of the retreat, with meal, snack, work, and rest periods (also silent). The last day finishes with a communal, social lunch. The retreat is led by a Zen teacher or master, who gives dharma talks and is available for daisan (a brief interview between retreatant and teacher).