Introductory Retreats begin to provide some answers to the questions that bring us to Buddhist practice. These retreats offer guests new to Shasta Abbey an introduction to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. They provide down-to-earth suggestions for taking this practice into one's daily life outside the monastery gates. Within the monastic schedule, and in silence as much as possible, Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, short periods of seated meditation, Dharma talks and informal discussions with time for your questions. There is also the opportunity for private spiritual counseling.
At an Introductory Retreat you will likely share a room. A tour of the monastery is given at the start of the retreat. If you are coming to stay at Shasta Abbey for the first time or are new to our practice, we ask that you attend an Introductory Retreat before signing up for any of the other retreats on our schedule. Please complete the online Retreat Application Form or download the application form in pdf and return it by mail, fax, or email. Should you have any questions please contact the Guestmaster or see the frequently asked questions (FAQs) page that might answer some of your questions or concerns. For more information on all upcoming retreats, please go to the Calendar.
Orientation to Shasta Abbey Retreats
We ask that those coming to an Introductory Retreat to arrive between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
Typical Introductory Retreat Schedule
2012 Introductory Retreat Date
November 16 - 18, 2012
2013 Introductory Retreat Dates
February 8 - 10, 2012
March 1 - 3, 2012
April 12 - 14, 2012
May 31 - June 2, 2012
July 16 - 21, 2012 Introduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Retreat
August 2 - 4, 2012
October 18 - 20, 2012
November 15 - 17, 2012
About Shasta Abbey:
Shasta Abbey, located on 16 forested acres near Mount Shasta in Northern California (USA), is a training monastery for Buddhist monks and a place of practice for lay Buddhists and interested visitors. A monastery of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, it was established in 1970 by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett, a British woman, on behalf of her teacher, Keido Chisan Koho Zenji, her Master in Japan. In November 1969, Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett came to San Francisco on a lecture tour and stayed on in the United States to establish Shasta Abbey the following year. Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett served twenty-six years as Abbess and spiritual director of Shasta Abbey, ordaining and teaching monks and lay people...
The Current Abbess is Rev. Master Meian Elbert.
Shasta Abbey is located outside of Mount Shasta City, in northern California just off of I-5 about an hour south of Ashland Oregon, and about 45 minutes north of Redding CA.
There is Amtrak access via Weed CA, which is the next town immediately south of Mt. Shasta. I believe you can make arrangements regarding pickup from the train station through the guest office.
3724 Summit Drive
Mount Shasta, CA 96067-9102
Phone: 530-926-4208 Extension 305
Website with all information: http://www.shastaabbey.org