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 2018 Meditation Retreats:

Fall Three-day Retreat: September 6-8, 2018
Women's Retreat: October 12-13, 2018
Winter Seven-day Retreat: December 2-8, 2018


Fall Three-Day Meditation Retreat
September 6th - 8th, 2018

This is a non-residential retreat that will be held at the Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago in Oak Park, Illinois. The retreat is held in silence and includes intensive meditation practice, 3 meals a day, interviews with teachers (optional) and a traditional Zen Buddhist service each morning.


  • 3-Day Retreat begins Thur. evening at 7 pm and ends Sept. 8 at 9 pm


  • 3 Day Non-Residential Retreat - Nonmember - $225
  • 3 Day Non-Residential Retreat - Member - $180


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Women's Retreat
October 12 - 13th, 2018

“Let your love flow outward through the whole universe,
To its full height, depth, and broad extent.
Then as you stand or walk, sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake, strive for this with a one-pointed mind:
Your life will bring heaven to earth.

~Metta Sutta as translated by Stephen Batchelor

In this day of constant busyness and stress, there is a way to lighten our hearts. Weʻll meditate and become intimate with the Four Radiant Abodes. These abodes are benevolent states of mind that can be practiced and developed.

Metta or Loving-Kindness
Karuna or Compassion
Mudita or Empathic Joy
Upekkha or Equanimity


      In her work as a Zen teacher, Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi draws on her extensive residential monastic training at Zen Center of Los Angeles, her experience as a mother of two and grandmother of one, and her years as an occupational therapist serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. In 1995, Myoyu Roshi received permission to become a Zen teacher (shiho) from her teacher, Taizan Maezumi Roshi, Founder of the White Plum Asanga.  Myoyu Roshi is one of his 12 original dharma successors. She has been the spiritual director of the Great Plains Zen Center in Monroe, WI since its inception in the Chicago area in 1993. She is a member of Zen Peacemakers International, the White Plum Asanga and is actively engaged in social justice work through Justice Overcoming Borders (JOB) in Beloit WI. She is also a certified Reiki Master.

      Sensei June Ryushin Tanoue is a Zen teacher and Co-founder of Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago. She has been practicing Zen for 20 years.  She received Transmission as a Zen Teacher (Sensei) and a Zen Buddhist Priest in 2014 from her teacher Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse.  June is also a Kumu Hula (Master Teacher of Hula) and founded Halau I Ka Pono, the Hula School of Chicago in September 2009. June has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Redlands and a Master's in Public Health from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She spent 25 years in foodbanking in Portland, Oregon; Hawaii Island; and with Feeding America in Chicago.


      • Friday, October 12th - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
      • Saturday, October 13th - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
        Includes vegan lunch and supper on Saturday.


      • Nonmembers - $250
      • Members - $150

        Winter 7 Day Meditation Retreat
        December 2nd - 8th

        This is a nonresidential retreat held at our Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago, located in Oak Park, Illinois. The retreat will be 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. See schedule and part-time options below:


        • 7-Day Retreat begins Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm
        • 7-Day Retreat ends Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9 pm

        Part Time  Options:

        • 7-Day Retreat-all mornings begins Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm
        • 7-Day Retreat-all evening begins Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm
        • Both part-time options end Sunday, Dec. 8 at 9 pm


        • 7 Day Residential Retreat, full-time - Nonmember - $525
        • 7 Day Residential Retreat, full-time - Member - $420
        • 7 Day part-time: all mornings - Nonmember - $175
        • 7 Day part-time, all evenings - Nonmember - $140
        • 7 Day part-time, all mornings - Member - $180
        • 7 Day part-time, all evenings - Member - $225


        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.