Our sangha is a community of householders from throughout the region including laypeople and priests, led by transmitted Soto Zen Buddhist teachers, two of whom are in residence. The residential sangha is three to ten people. Ashland Zen Center has private and shared housing on an acre of cultivated grounds and gardens at the edge of the small, mountain town of Ashland, Oregon.
There are two ways for you to live and practice at Ashland Zen Center: Student Residency or Guest Retreat.
Student Residents: participate fully in the Ashland Zen Center practice schedule and meet with a teacher once a week. The half-day schedule Monday through Friday includes morning meditation, breakfast, three hours of mindful work and lunch. Time off in the afternoon allows for self-reflection and exploration of the beautiful Rogue Valley. Students also join a Wednesday night program, a Sunday morning program, and practice events that take place during residency. Accommodations and practice events are covered by a student fee during your stay. The student fee varies based on size of housing and whether it is private or shared. Work Exchange as a student is possible. Minimum stay for Student Residents is one week.
Guest Retreats: Ashland Zen Center also provides the opportunity for visitors to stay as guests on personal retreat. Retreats must last a minimum of 30 days. During retreat, guests are required to join in 3 hours a week of shared community groundskeeping, and may join the schedule as much as desired.
Read on for details and application.
Students participate fully in the Ashland Zen Center temple schedule and practice events that take place during their stay. The temple schedule is Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm, Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. The student fee depends on accommodation and whether it is private or shared. Work exchange for the student fee is possible; inquire on your application. Weekday breakfast and lunch are paid in a separate fee paid directly to the kitchen at the beginning of each month. Note: During sesshins (multi-day meditation retreats) students may be called on to share their accommodation with other sesshin participants.
An opportunity for refuge within Buddhist community. A guest retreat is sanctuary in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Guest Retreatants contribute three hours/week of caring for the grounds with the community. All other community activities are available to you if desired. 30-day minimum retreat stay.
To explore coming to Ashland Zen Center for a Student Residency or Guest Retreat fill out and return the application below. For Student Residency: firstname.lastname@example.org. For Guest Retreat: email@example.com.