Two Arrows Zen Spring Sesshin

Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei

Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei

April 15-22, 2018

The Boulder Mountain Zendo in Torrey

57 South 300 West, Torrey, Utah


Join Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei and Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei for a meditation retreat over eight days in the red rock country of Southern Utah. 

Photo Credit: Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune



Welcome to Two Arrows Zen Spring Sesshin


The Two Arrows  Zen Sangha practices together during a traditional Zen sesshin in Torrey Utah. Sesshin is an intensive meditation retreat dedicated to the practice of zazen. Even when not in the meditation hall, participants endeavor to maintain a spirit of quiet and whole-hearted attention at all times -- in all forms of practice.


Spring Sesshin begins on Sunday, April 15 and ends Sunday, April 22. The sesshin includes two ceremonies, Shukke Tokkudo -- the ordination of monks, and the Jukai ceremony when new practitioners receive the Precepts. 


To register for Spring Sesshin you need to be able to participate in all activities and agree to attend all sessions. If you have not completed a multi-day program with us before or have never participated in a Zen Sesshin, please CLICK HERE to request an interview. We will be in touch promptly to discuss your registration.



Registration includes meals. Lodging is booked separately.



Full Week Registration, Sunday 4/15, 4:00 pm to Sunday 4/22, noon. 

$795 Two Arrows Zen Members 

$895 General Admission


5-Day Registration - Wednesday 4/18, 6:00 pm to Sunday 4/22, noon.*

$495 Two Arrows Zen Members

$555 General Admission


*You may request part-week registration provided you commit to staying through the close of the Sesshin on Sunday. The latest entry to Sesshin is Thursday, April 19 at 4:00 pm.

CLICK HERE to request part-week registration information for other entry days.

REFUND POLICY: Cancellations for any reason on or before March 15 will be 100% refunded less a $25 admin fee. Then, cancellations for any reason on or before April 1, 2018, will be refunded at 50% of the retreat fee paid, less the $25 admin fee. No refunds for any reason after April 1. 
In case of cancellation after April 1 because of illness, family emergency or other approved request, Two Arrows Zen members may rollover 50% of fees to another program or retreat registration in 2018. 

Work-trade Opportunities
Two Arrows Zen members with life-stage limited income, long-distance travel costs, full-time students, and those under 30 may request to contribute work-trade in service to the community in exchange for partial tuition reduction. Work-trade may include early arrival to help set up the Sesshin, as well as extra shifts in addition to the samu period.


Making Travel Plans
Torrey is 215 miles from Salt Lake City which is the nearest airport. Plan for 4 hours of travel time from SLC to Torrey. Everyone is responsible for their own transportation. We will put registrants in touch with each other to facilitate ride shares.

The retreat officially opens with dinner on Sunday at 6:00 pm. Monks, work-trade participants and those in staff and service positions (ino, doan, mukugyo, jishas) are asked to arrive in time for lunch and the afternoon session. 


Opening Day Schedule: Sunday, April 15

All monks, staff, work-trade, and participants in service positions arrive by noon. 


Noon  - Lunch

1 - 4 pm Retreat Prep and Service Practice

4 - 6 pm Check-in

6:00 pm Dinner and Opening



The retreat ends on Sunday, April 22 at noon. Please plan your travel to depart on Sunday, April 22 no earlier than 12:30 pm. The drive to SLC is 3.5 hours.





Two Arrows Zen maintains a beautiful Sangha House in Torrey, a short drive from the Zendo. Shared dormitory-style lodging is $30/night. 
Located in the Sleeping Rainbow area just north of Torrey, you will enjoy an exquisite view of the red rock cliffs and a comfortable, spacious living space, including a fully equipped kitchen and two full baths with tubs. Sheets, towels, and Internet service are included. The Sangha House is located about 3 miles from the Zendo and is a lovely bike ride, a 30-minute walk, or a 5-minute drive. A maximum of 10 spaces are available.
You can reserve and pay for your space in the Sangha House when you register for the retreat.


On-site camping is reserved for monks, staff, and approved work-trade early arrivals. 


Camping for other retreat participants is at Sand Creek Camp and RV operated by Leslie and Harry Eubanks, a five-minute walk from the Boulder Mountain Zendo in Torrey. For more information:
Phone: 435-425-3577

Night temperatures in Torrey in April are usually in the 40's but can be colder.



There are also many reasonably priced motels and cabin rentals in and near Torrey. For current listings and availability consult Trip Advisor or similar sites. AirBnB and VRBO are also good sources for lodging in Torrey and nearby locations in Wayne County.


Lodging open in April within a five-minute walk of the Zendo, are:


-- Sand Creek Camp & RV  (cabins too)

-- Torrey Trading Post Cabins

-- Capitol Reef Inn

-- Austin's Chuck Wagon Motel



You will enjoy three healthy and nutritious meals a day during the retreat. Meals are largely vegetarian, with some other protein options at lunch. 


About Oryoki

The practice of Oryoki during sesshin is an opportunity to deepen in our practice. By paying careful attention to the way in which we take our meals, the true relationship between ourselves and our food is made clear. Emphasizing each simple activity, we continually learn our way. (Click here* for a video on Oryoki.)

*Thanks to Great Vow Monastery and Chozen Bays.


During Spring Sesshin, breakfast and dinner are oryoki meals served in the zendo. Oryoki is a part of our practice together, and all retreatants participate. Lunch is served buffet style.


Special Diet Requests

Main courses are vegetarian with other protein options available at lunch. Everyone is served the same meal. If you have medically necessary dietary restrictions, such as strictly gluten-free or lactose-free, we ask that you bring your own food to supplement. We will have gluten-free cereals available at breakfast and a limited supply of other gluten-free items at other meals. A medically diagnosed allergy to seafood or nuts requires that you inform us, and maintain your own rescue medication, such as an epi-pen.


We regret we are not able to prepare special meals for individuals or provide refrigerated food storage in the kitchen. There are extra coolers if you bring items that need to be stored on ice. There is a general convenience store in Torrey for snacks and personal items. The nearest grocery store is an 18-mile drive. 


Two Arrows Zen Scholarship Fund

     One of the commitments is that those with a sincere desire and the ability to practice are welcome and limited financial resources are not an obstacle. Scholarships and work-trade in service to the community help us to offer partial tuition reductions to those Two Arrows Zen members with life-stage limited income, long-distance travel costs, full-time students, and those under 30.

  Please consider making a donation in any amount to help support our scholarship and work-trade practitioners attending Spring Sesshin.  All contributions will be applied directly to support all categories of participation and to encourage diversity in our community of practice.



-- Shukke Tokkudo: monk's ordination, Monday, April 16, 5 pm.

-- Jukai: receiving the Precepts, Saturday, April 21, 5 pm.

For those receiving vows, please feel free to invite your family and friends to share these special occasions with you and join the community meal following the ceremony.

Retreat Schedule

Sunday, April 15


12:00           Lunch (monks, staff, work-trade, & service roles)

1:00             Retreat Prep and Service Practice

4:00             Kitchen team meeting. Dinner prep


Participants Arrive

4:00 - 6:00   Check-In

6:00             Dinner (buffet)

7:15             Zazen

8:30             Close

Daily Schedule (M-F)

  6:00                          Zazen

  8:00                          Service

  8:30                          Breakfast/Oryoki

  9:00                          Community Meeting 

  9:15                          Work Period / Samu

10:30                          Personal Time

11:00                          Zazen

  1:30                          Lunch

  2:00                          Rest/Exercise

  4:00                          Zazen/ Dharma Talk

  6:00                          Dinner/Oryoki

  7:15                          Zazen

  8:30                          Close

The Jukai ceremony on Saturday is followed by dinner and a community celebration. No evening sit.