One Day Meditation Retreat

This is a one day retreat in which we will learn and practice the forms of meditation together. We will have breakfast and lunch in the zendo, using the practice called oryoki, a formalized and mindful way of eating that has connections with the Japanese tea ceremony. After lunch there will be a silent work period, followed by body practice. The day will end by 5 pm.

Private meeting with a teacher will be offered by signup during the retreat.

If this is your first all day sitting, you should have enough zazen experience to follow the schedule, sitting for 25-35 minutes at a time during morning and afternoon. Meditation instruction is not offered as part of the retreat. Instruction in the meal form of orkyoki is offered at the orientation on Friday night which you should attend if you are new to this form. If unsure whether this retreat is right for you, please contact Choro.

Limited to 25 participants. 

  • Orientation Friday, June 28th, 7pm (instruction in oryoki, Zen meal form, and retreat guidelines, short period of meditation)*
  • First period of zazen Saturday morning, 6 am (seats are assigned in the zendo, bring your own cushions if you like)
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served in the zendo; afternoon work period and silent tea in the zendo will be provided as well.
  • Dokusan/practice discussion will be offered (sign up during the retreat itself)

There is not a Zoom option for attending this event.
This day of practice is highly recommended as preparation for longer retreats and as a way of exploring what arises when we put down everything for one day and engage wholeheartedly in making zazen the basis of our every activity and experience on and off the cushion. Please join us!

Questions about schedule and practice activities may be directed to the Guiding Teacher
Questions about fees and registration should go to

*Two videos which present the oryoki meal form: Rev. Mako Voelkel is here; also recommended, Rev. Linda Ruth Cutts series of short videos, recorded at San Francisco Zen Center. We mostly follow these forms

AZC is committed to making practice and the teachings available to all. Please contact Administrator Maida Barbour at 512-452-5777 or email  if event fees are a barrier to participation for you.