Event Registration

Register for the December 7-8 Rohatsu Zen Retreat

Earlybird and General Online Registration is Closed

You can still pay at the event. Email us from the Contact page for the event details.

Earlybird registration through Nov. 30:  Standard $50; Member: $45 Student: $40. General registration rate for Dec. 1-6 goes up $5. There may still be space for same-day registration at the event. Contact us beforehand to confirm. Day-of cost increases another $5. One-day Saturday attendees are welcome (same cost).


Rohatsu, or Bodhi Day, is celebrated every year around the world on December 8 to commemorate the day that Siddhartha Gautama experienced enlightenment.

In Zen, we celebrate during sesshin, a retreat offering intensive practice of zazen (sitting concentration), kinhin (walking concentration), and samu (work practice).

Sesshin literally means "touch the mind." This retreat is an excellent opportunity to experience true Zen practice, whether you are a long-time practitioner or just beginning.

We will  meet in the Center for Spiritual Living, housed in a beautiful and historic old brownstone in downtown Bakersfield.

Date, Time, Location

Center for Spiritual Living
Bakersfield, California (map provided to registrants)
Friday, December 7: 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, December 9: 6 am - 5 pm

Included with Your Registration

  • Zen introduction for beginners
  • Intensive Zen meditation
  • Mondo question and answer
  • Qi gong led by an experienced practitioner
  • Friday introduction dinner
  • Saturday breakfast and lunch
Those without prior experience are welcome! Note, however, that some beginners may find the rigors of Zen practice intense. For this reason, if you are new to practice, we ask that you email the director from the Contact page to inquire further. Also consider attending one of our regularly scheduled morning sessions to experience zazen before the sesshin.