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Rohatsu 8-day Sesshin

  • St. Norbert Abbey 1016 N. Broadway De Pere, WI 54115 United States (map)

Led by Meru Doug Szper Roshi and Vimala John Nemick Roshi.

Join us for this end-of-year sesshin, commemorating the Buddha's enlightenment with intense practice and silence. Our final sesshin of the year, Rohatsu will be held at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality in De Pere, WI.

Hollow Bones retreats are a modern adaptation of the traditional Japanese Rinzai Zen retreats. 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 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.

Registration For The Full Week

The room and board fee is $700. You will be asked for a donation at the end of the retreat to support the teaching.

There is an option to attend part of the sesshin. We ask that you come for three full days in a row, in order to drop into the silence. The fee for that is $300, payable upon registration.

Registration for Three Days

There is an option to attend part of the sesshin. We ask that you come for three full days in a row, in order to drop into the silence. The fee for that is $300, payable upon registration. WE will follow up after registration to confirm the days you will attend

Full Week Amount

  • If paid by November 16th: $700

  • If paid after November 16th: $750

Full Week Two Payments

  • Due now: $350

  • Due November 16th: $350

Three Day Enrollment

  • Due now: $300

Program Registration

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* We do accept payments by check.

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

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.

Travel Planning and Accommodations

Traveling? Please arrange your flights and ground transportation to arrive at the retreat site by 4 pm the first day of the retreat and to depart mid to late afternoon on the last day.

Fly into Austin Straubel airport, Green Bay, WI. The Norbertine Center is about a 20 minute/$20 cab ride away.

Bedding and towels are provided.

  • Participants will have a private room and shared bathroom.

  • Three vegetarian meals a day are provided.

  • There is limited ability to cater to special dietary restrictions.

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