2017 Retreats and 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 below 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.

Ch’an (Zen) Meditation Thursday Evenings
Thursdays, August 17 - September 28, 7 pm - 8 pm 
Led by Hugh Curran with readings & discussion.

Author Talk: Catholicism and Zen
Sunday, September 10, 11 am - noon

Author Rick McDaniel will speak at the Morgan Bay Zendo about his new book "Catholicism and Zen", the 5th in a series about Zen Buddhism, as well as the 4th book in the series, "Cypress Trees in the Garden". These books will be for sale at the talk. The latest book explores the history of Christian/Buddhist dialogue, and profiles fourteen modern Catholic clergy who have become authorized to teach Zen practice within their Christian faith. These real-life stories of men and women engaged in a spiritual quest enliven the meaning and form of awakening beyond traditional constrictions. Although there are a number of books written on Christianity and Zen, including several by Catholic clergy, this is the first to take it from its origins with the Jesuit missionaries sent to Japan, to interviews with the many contemporary Catholic clergy - priests and nuns both - who maintain their Catholic faith and practice and find it enhanced by their Zen training. 

The 4th book in the series, "Cypress Trees in the Garden", is about Zen centers across America. Morgan Bay Zendo is featured on the cover and in the Epilogue. "The Third Step East", the 3rd book in the series, includes a chapter about Walter Nowick, Zen teacher at Moonspring Hermitage in Surry, Maine from the late 60's to 1985. The first 2 books in the series concern Buddhism in China and Japan.

Introduction to Zen Meditation
Sunday, September 10, 1 pm - 3 pm

Led by Norman Mrozicki

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 Norman Mrozicki at 667-5428 for more information. 

Zen and Yoga Retreat
Sunday, September 17, 1 pm - 5 pm Led by David Walker and Hugh Curran
David will teach alignment-based asanas and will focus on postures helpful to sitting meditation. Asanas will be suitable for all levels of experience. The retreat will include a meditation session and will end with a Kirtan chanting. Held in the Meeting Hall. Lunch is potluck. Email hugh.curran@maine.edu.

Zen and Yoga Retreat
Saturday, November 4, 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. Contact Hugh by e-mail at   hugh.curran@maine.edu.

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Susan Guilford,
May 5, 2017, 7:17 AM