Retreats & Workshops


Please download the Retreat Registration pdf at the bottom of this page.

The Zendo sponsors and arranges retreats with teachers of various traditions. All teachers are expected to abide by the Morgan Bay Zendo Code of Ethics. Retreats are open to everyone. Vegetarian meals are served and a modest fee is charged. The Zendo is closed to visitors during retreats except for Sunday morning meditation 9-11 am as well as Tuesday and Wednesday evening meditation. 

To register for a retreat, email or call the retreat leader or download the registration form at the bottom of this page and mail the completed form with your payment to Morgan Bay Zendo, 532 Morgan Bay Road, Surry, ME 04684. You may also email the registration form and pay via PayPal at the Contribute link on the MBZ website. Please use the Donate button to make your payment. 

Scholarships: Most of our events and retreats are by donation. Where there is a charge, scholarship assistance is available. We encourage you to ask for assistance if you need it.

Housing: During the retreat or the days before or after, overnight accommodations are available at MBZ and at several Airbnb locations in the neighborhood. Please inquire for details.

Introduction to Zen Meditation
Sunday, June 9, 1 pm - 3 pm 
Sunday, September 8, 1 pm - 3 pm
Led by a sangha member
These introductory sessions will offer instruction in Zen meditation with an emphasis on posture and breathing. Useful for those with limited sitting experience, or for those who have been sitting on their own but have never had formal instruction.
Contact for details.

Kwan Seum Zen Tea
Wednesday, June 19, 3 pm - 5 pm
Wednesday, July 24, 3 pm - 5 pm
Wednesday, August 21, 3 pm - 5 pm

Led by Nancy Hathaway
We will gather in the Pond House overlooking the Zendo pond drinking tea together in the tradition of Korean Zen. Cultivating loving kindness, we will chant and discuss the ancient Korean Kwan Seum Bosal, “the one who perceives the sounds of the world,” also known as Avalokitesvara, Kuan Yin, or Kannon in Sanskrit, Chinese and Japanese. We will then walk silently in the Zendo Moss Garden where we will view a Kwan Seum statue sculpted by Lenore Strauss in the 60’s. Space is limited.

Day of Mindfulness for Moms
Sunday, June 23, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Led by Nancy Hathaway with Rebecca Rose Tousignant 
This is a day just from mothers to come together to renew and relax through quietness, meditation, yoga, a delicious vegetarian lunch, and some discussion.

Relax, Renew and Refresh Mindfully for Educators
Sunday, June 30, 11 am - 4 pm
Led by Nancy Hathaway
This day is especially for educators to come together to share relaxing, renewing and refreshing with some Mindfulness techniques to bring into summer and eventually into the classroom. Vegetarian lunch served.
CEUs - 5 Contact Hours Approved by University of Maine.

Day of Mindfulness for the Earth
Friday July 19, 10 am - 3 pm
Led by Nancy Hathaway
Beginners welcome. The day will consist of a series of mindfulness practices that can be brought home to everyday life. The day will mostly be in silence with an opening and closing circle for discussion. Bring a vegetarian bagged lunch.

Mindfulness for Children and Their Caregivers
Sunday, August 4, 10 am - 1 pm
Led by Nancy Hathaway and Rebecca Rose Tousignant
This is time for caregivers to have some time for quiet and discussion while children do yoga and quiet time. All will be brought together for mindful eating and playing. Vegetarian snacks.

Two Weeks of Zen Practice
Monday, August 5, 6 - 7 am to Friday, August 9, 7 - 8pm
Monday, August 12, 6 - 7 am to Friday, August 16, 7 - 8pm

Guided by Hugh Curran
Sitting, walking and work meditation during the day for those who can participate as residents. Readings and discussion in morning and evening sessions. All are welcome at any seesion.

Zen and Yoga Retreat
Saturday, August 17, 9 am - 5 pm
Led by Hugh Curran and David Walker
David will teach alignment-based asanas and will focus on postures helpful to sitting meditation. Asanas will be suitable for all levels of experience and will be held in the Meeting Hall. The retreat will end with a Kirtan music session. Hugh will lead Zen meditation sessions in the Zendo. Lunch is potluck. E-mail

Weekend of Meditation
Saturday, September 14, noon - 5 pm
Sunday, September 15, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Led by Nancy Hathaway
Our time together will be in silence, divided between sitting meditation in the Zendo and walking meditation in the Moss Garden. Beginners welcome, instruction is offered. Friday there is the option to continue sitting in the evening and stay at the Zendo overnight. Saturday can begin with an early morning sitting.

Bodhidharma Day
Sunday, October 20, 1 pm - 5 pm
Led by Hugh Curran
Founder of Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism, known for teaching Ch’an as a special transmission outside the scriptures, not founded upon words and letters; pointing directly to one’s own mind, seeing into one’s true nature...

Zen and Yoga Retreat
Saturday, November 2, 9 am - 5 pm
Led by Hugh Curran and John Yasenchak
John will lead Yoga and Kirtan sessions in the Meeting Hall while Hugh will lead Zen meditation in the Zendo. The last period of the day will be devoted to Kirtan chanting. Lunch is potluck.
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The Morgan Bay Zendo 
532 Morgan Bay Road 
Surry, Maine 04684

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