This annual retreat aims to provide a space to reconnect with beginner's mind - our natural capacity to see through expectations and prejudice and respond to our inner and outer worlds with gentle curiosity and wisdom. People with many years of experience as well as actual beginners are invited to give your practice a refreshing boost, surrounded by the quiet, natural beauty of the Santa Cruz mountains. Meditating together and supporting each other, away from our usual schedule, gives us the chance to go deeper and refresh our perspective on life.
Jikoji Retreat Center
We have been going on retreat at Jikoji Retreat Center for many years. It is situated in a valley within an open preserve of forests and ridges. There are many beautiful trails to hike in the afternoon free time. The meditation room (zendo) and community room are heated by wood fire stoves. When it's not summer, be prepared for cold and/or wet weather. Even in summer, mornings in the zendo can be chilly.