Zen Meditation Retreats for Increasing Mindfulness

We strongly encourage everyone to step back from their busy lives and attend retreats as often as possible. They are a wonderful way to deepen your practice.  

We have been offering meditation retreats for over 25 years. We now offer 3 seven-day retreats each year as well as several three-day meditation retreats. These retreats are non-residential and are conducted in deep silence. They involve intensive meditation, daily dharma talks, interviews with teachers, morning services, work practice rest, the Practice of Immediacy in the Arts® and 3 delicious Zen home-cooked meals a day (meals for full-time participants).

If you live in the area you can sleep at home.

If you are traveling from a distance, the Zen Center is located about 20 minutes drive from either the O'hare International Airport or the Midway Airport. You may make reservations at The Carleton of Oak Park which is close to the Green Line train which goes right by the Zen Center. It's about a 5 minute train ride away. You  may choose to also find cheaper accommodations at local Airbnb's. There are many such rental opportunities in Oak Park. If you wish, we can also provide you with car transportation to and from your hotel or Airbnb, as long as it's within the immediate area of the Zen Center.  

We ask that you have an established meditation practice before you come to the 7-day retreats. 

Upcoming 2017 Retreats:

Spring Seven-day Retreat: March 18-24, 2018


The only part-time passes are available for 7 day retreats and consists of participating in all of the morning meditations or all of the evening meditations. 

We will only be able to refund your fee, if you cancel at least one week before the retreat. The passes you buy for a retreat are only good for that retreat and no others. 


Spring Seven Day Meditation Retreats (Sesshin)
March 18-24, 2018

This nonresidential retreat is held in deep silence. It includes intensive meditation, morning Zen services, daily dharma talks, practice of immediacy™, private interviews with teachers, work practice, rest and 3 delicious home-cooked Zen meals each day. 

This retreat begins Sunday evening, March 18th at 7 pm. If you are using one of the part-time options, we ask that you please come to this first evening meditation where everyone gets a brief orientation to the retreat. The retreat ends the following Saturday at 9 pm.

Cost (Passes available for this retreat)


  • Full Time Participation Pass - $525
  • All Morning Pass - $175 (attend all morning meditation 5:30 - 7 am plus the morning service)
  • All Evening Pass = $175  (attend all evening meditation 7 - 9 pm)


  • Full Time Participation Pass -  $420
  • All Morning Pass = $140 (attend all morning meditation 5:30 - 7 am plus the morning service)
  • All Evening Pass-Member = $140