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Mondo Zen 7-day Sesshin

  • Sonoma Mountain Zen Center 6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (map)

Co-Led by Junpo Roshi and Reishin Denise Leong, priest.

Join us as we return for our January Mondo Zen retreat at the lovely and historic Sonoma Mountain Zen Center near Santa Rosa, CA.

Hollow Bones retreats are a modern adaptation of the traditional Japanese Rinzai Zen retreats. Our retreats are co-ed unless otherwise stated, and all practices are done in English in order to facilitate direct, personal understanding of the methods and goals.

The daily schedule includes morning & evening services, deep zazen practice, Dokusan (interview with Roshi), nature walks and short breaks for private reflection and Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or Yoga.

In this school of Zen, it is essential that you awaken, and there is a fierce, yet compassionate, insistence that you do so now. Meditating and sitting quietly is not enough! You must realize your inherent freedom. You must answer the question, “Who are you?” from the purest depths of realization, moving far beyond the normal modes of speculative thought. The Hollow Bones retreats offer men and women the opportunity to experience the “answer” to this question in a way that transcends all hope, fear, and doubt.

During the retreat, we observe essential silence and ask that you plan your week to be free from outside communication and distractions. Cell phones, reading materials, computers and audio players are not allowed for the duration of the retreat.


The room and board fee is $750. You will be asked for a donation at the end of the retreat to support the teaching.

Full Amount

  • If paid by November 16th: $750

  • If paid after November 16th: $800

Two Payments

  • Due now: $375

  • Due November 16th: $375

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to participants exhibiting financial need. To apply please fill out the scholarship application below, along with the refundable deposit.

Please note that while Hollow Bones aims to make our offerings financially accessible, we are unable to provide full scholarships for our programs and retreats.

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* All program registrations are subject to our cancellation policy unless otherwise stated.

Travel Planning and Accommodations

Please plan to arrive by 4:00 pm on the first day of the retreat and to depart after 11:00 am on the last day. Book your flights and ground transportation accordingly.

For more information about the location visit the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center Website.

  • Participants will have shared rooms and bathrooms.

  • Bedding is provided.

  • Three vegetarian meals a day are provided.

Earlier Event: November 30
Rohatsu 8-day Sesshin
Later Event: March 16
Silent Zen 7-day Sesshin