We look forward to meeting you

2021 Summer Guest Student Program

Give yourself the gift of time in Zen community

The secret is just to say 'yes!' and jump off from here.

                                                                 — Suzuki Roshi


Living Zen at Ashland Zen Center is a half-day immersion program. Awaken with the wakeup bell in the morning. Make your way to the zendo where you will experience zazen and chanting with monks and a dedicated lay sangha. After bowing out in the zendo, follow the ringing sound of the umpan to the dining hall. Share a simple and delicious vegetarian breakfast prepared by the Tenzo, our head cook. On Sundays share a community potluck as part of the regular weekly schedule.


After breakfast enjoy some personal time, perhaps some coffee in the garden as the sun warms the air. At 9:00 a.m. the drum gathers us to the work circle, where you have the opportunity to bring zazen mind from the cushion into activity during samu (work practice). Work assignments are for all physical levels and abilities, and everyone is included. The tools used, attention paid to each task and care offered to each and every thing is an important part of our practice at Ashland Zen Center. Samu provides deep reflection and enriches our joy in taking care of ourselves and all things.


At the end of work period, a bell rings around the property. Work stops and tools are put away. Join everyone in the dining hall again for lunch at 12:00 p.m. and lively discussions of the day and dharma. Afternoons and evenings are free for personal choices. The Rogue Valley is rich in hiking trails and water sport adventures.


A simple dinner is provided in the dining hall from 5:00-6:00 pm. Any other food you wish to provide for yourself can be prepared in a full kitchen.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ashland Zen Center!


Length of Stay


Be a Guest Student at Ashland Zen Center for one week, beginning on a Saturday night and ending on a Friday morning. Or stay longer! Stays can range from one week to two months. If staying more than one consecutive week, students may stay through the weekend for no additional charge and have Friday and Saturday for personal time. The program runs from May 30 - July 31. The week of June 13 includes Friendship Mountain dharma day camp, and a Guest Student stay must be connected to the prior week for training and orientation. A Guest Student stay including the Fourth of July weekend must include the previous or the following week, due to Ashland Zen Center's closure on July 5 and 6.


Room and Board


$120/week covers a bed in the bunk house that can be shared by up to four students and includes shared bathroom. Laundry facilities are in an adjacent building.  All meals are provided beginning with a welcome and orientation dinner on Saturday night and ending with breakfast on Friday morning. A full kitchen is available for students to prepare additional meals.


Private accommodation for a single or couple is available on a limited basis for $345 per week. If you are interested in this option, please inquire at the time of registration, and indicate your interest on the registration form.


Guest Student Requirements


As a Guest Student, you will follow the half-day schedule completely on Sunday through Friday. This includes all scheduled meditation, samu and meals. You will clean your personal space on the Friday of your departure, according to the cleaning standards provided. You will keep your personal space and communal areas clean during your stay. You will refrain from drug and alcohol use. You will not invite people to the Center unless by permission. You will not initiate any new sexual relationships during your stay. We reserve the right to ask Guest Students to leave at any time for any reason.


Application Process


We look forward to welcoming you to Ashland Zen Center!


After reading the application form, if you have unanswered questions reach out to us. Call (541) 552-1175 to speak with the Guest Student Coordinator or email gueststudent@ashlandzencenter.org.


When you are ready to apply fill out the application form including two references and your personal statement to Ashland Zen Center Guest Student Program, 740 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland OR 97520.


You must pay before review of your application begins. You may send a check or pay via PayPal below. You will receive a phone call as part of your acceptance to the Guest Student Program. Ashland Zen Center follows all guidelines for health and safety outlined by Oregon Governor Kate Brown. You will be refunded for any cancellation due to the Coronavirus.


Guest Student Application Form
Guest Student Application 2020.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [104.4 KB]
Guest Student Payment
123.00 USD

$120 Guest Student for one week and $3 PayPal fees. If staying multiple weeks, add multiples to your PayPal cart.

Donation to Scholarship Fund
1.00 USD

If you wish to donate to the scholarship fund, add $1 increments to to your PayPal cart

Getting Here


When you are ready to make your travel plans call us if you have questions - we are happy to help. Ashland, Oregon is on the I-5 freeway that connects most major cities on the West Coast. Ashland's closest commercial airport is in Medford, Oregon, 20 minutes from Ashland Zen Center, and we will pick you up directly from the terminal.


Bring loose, comfortable clothes to sit in, and work clothes. Full packing list will be provided before your arrival.



Unplug in a beautiful, natural environment and discover life at a relaxed, intentional pace

Ashland Zen Center has cancelled in-person events until further notice.


We encourage you to reach out for support when you need it.


May all beings live in safety and be free from suffering.


















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