ZCNYC Retreats

Upcoming Retreats at Zen Center of New York City

Explore Zen Center of New York City through one of our upcoming retreats. Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the ZCNYC. All programs are offered on a sliding scale. If you are unable to pay the full amount, please offer what you can. You will be given an option on the registration page.

The following programs are in-person at ZCNYC or are online but specific to our city sangha. To view the full list of MRO retreats and events, please click here.

Upcoming ZCNYC Retreats

A Ringing from Within – Voice Practice Together

with Justin Ward Weber

March 10 - May 26, 2024
ZCNYC
When someone asks you to stand up and speak or tosses you the microphone and says “take it away,” what do you feel? What arises in your body, in your throat? Do you feel at ease, do you feel pinched or scared? What thoughts come to mind? What would it mean to recognize that when we touch the ground of our being, we also touch our voice? […]

Half-Day Sit (online)

May 25, 2024
ONLINE
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

Drawing Before You Know It!

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

June 8 - August 18, 2024
ZCNYC
Drawing is one of the most versatile, nimble, shape-shifting creative modalities: it can expand, generating movement and fluidity in all directions, and also contract, looking slowly into minute, direct detail. Much of the shape-shifting happens by letting go of control, letting go of ideas about what a thing is or what a drawing needs to […]

Lotus Moon Zazenkai

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

June 15, 2024
Zen Center of New York City
Zazenkai presents an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. The extended schedule includes periods of zazen, liturgy, a face-to-face interview with a teacher, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to further their practice and for […]

A Ringing from Within – Arising Heart Rhythm

with Justin Ward Weber

June 16 - August 4, 2024
ZCNYC
Just as in zazen practice, when we give ourselves the gift of calm center, we release excess tension and allow voice and body to vibrate freely, just like tapping the tuned head of a drum that rings a deep sonorous and spacious sound. Let us ask the question together: “What are you drumming, ringing, singing into your life at this very moment?

Free Your Voice

with Sylvia Nakkach

June 22, 2024
Zen Center of New York City
We are delighted to welcome Silvia Nakkach back to Fire Lotus Temple for this day of voice practice. This half-day retreat will be a wonderful opportunity to work directly with Silvia through deep chant, medicine melodies, ragas and ceremonial songs. No experience is necessary: we all have a voice to bring forward and Silvia has this remarkable way of guiding us to find the body as this amazing instrument of sound. Please join us! […]

Half-Day Sit (onsite)

with MRO Staff

June 29, 2024
ZCNYC
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that throughout history have been shown are necessary in order to help humanity not […]

Half-Day Sit (online)

June 29, 2024
ONLINE
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

Gathering Heart Zazenkai

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

July 13, 2024
Zen Center of New York City
Zazenkai presents an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. The extended schedule includes periods of zazen, liturgy, a face-to-face interview with a teacher, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to further their practice and for […]

Authentic Movement: Opening to the Body’s Voice

with Paula Josa-Jones

July 20, 2024
Zen Center of New York City
Authentic Movement is a practice of listening and attunement, of slowing down and opening to a more intuitive sense of body and psyche. In the presence of a compassionate witness, the mover surveys their own inner landscape of the body and allows themself to be moved by whatever impulses arise. Through this process, the mover discovers their own compassionate inner witness.…]

Half-Day Sit (online)

July 27, 2024
ONLINE
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

Half-Day Sit (onsite)

with MRO Staff

July 27, 2024
ZCNYC
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that throughout history have been shown are necessary in order to help humanity not […]

Mountain Posture Zazenkai

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

August 17, 2024
Zen Center of New York City
Zazenkai presents an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. The extended schedule includes periods of zazen, liturgy, a face-to-face interview with a teacher, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to further their practice and for […]

Half-Day Sit (online)

August 24, 2024
ONLINE
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that[…]

Half-Day Sit (onsite)

with MRO Staff

August 24, 2024
ZCNYC
A three-hour practice of connecting with the still point, making space in which to find the heart-mind and body, and a place to take refuge. Let us sit deep into our well and show up from a place of love and courage—the two things that throughout history have been shown are necessary in order to help humanity not […]

Precepts II – Entering the Way of Compassion: The Practices of a Bodhisattva

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

September 14, 2024
Zen Center of New York City
Zazenkai presents an opportunity to return to the well of introspection and committed Zen practice. The extended schedule includes periods of zazen, liturgy, a face-to-face interview with a teacher, a formal talk and oryoki lunch (formal meal served in the zendo). Zazenkai is an important way for experienced students to further their practice and for […]

Open Hearth Art Practice Presents: The Belle Of Amherst by William Luce

with Sybil Seisui Rosen

September 15, 2024
Zen Center of New York City
The Belle of Amherst by William Luce is a funny, wise, poignant rendering of America's most loved (and least known) poet, Emily Dickinson. The one-woman play is an intimate glimpse into the poet's unusual life – her legendary seclusion, the close circle of her family, the men who loved her.