Great Wave to Offer Zen Camp Experience

The Earth-Witness Zen Camp blends Zen and climate change awareness.
Please register soon for this blended experience in Zen practice and climate change awareness.

As part of its ongoing effort to blend traditional Zen practice with climate change awareness, Great Wave is offering its first fully outdoor retreat: the Earth-Witness Zen Camp. This special event will begin at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 15, at the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area trailhead and end mid-morning on Sunday, October 17. The camp will include traditional forms of Zen practice, such as mindful walking, meditation, teisho, and dokusan. In addition, this event will also offer some introductory instruction in wilderness skills.

The Earth-Witness Zen Camp is open to all, regardless of experience with Zen or backpacking.  However, please note that all participants must be

    • fully vaccinated against COVID-19; and
    • able to hike 2 miles with a backpack containing sufficient gear and food to sustain themselves in the wilderness.

The number of participants is limited to 10, so please register early with our Event Registration Form.  Once registered, you will receive detailed information to help you prepare for this wonderful practice opportunity that will deepen your resolve for both Zen practice and climate change mitigation.

If you have questions about this event, please call 231-907-2910 or use our Contact Form.

Fall Retreats Scheduled!

Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana
Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great Wave Zen Sangha has added retreats to its fall events calendar, starting with a half-day retreat on September 15, from 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM. (Please register here.)

In October, Great Wave will pilot a new form of the zazenkai (or  one-day retreat), by starting it on Saturday evening, October 12, from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM, and then continuing on the following morning, October 13, from 5:30 AM to 12:30 PM. (Please register here.)

November 10 will offer a more traditional zazenkai, (Please register here.) and in commemoration of the Rohatsu holiday, a three-day sesshin will be held. (Please register here.)

At all retreats, participants will have an opportunity to deepen and clarify the experience of zazen, practice liturgy, participate in oryoki meals, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and to hear a Dharma talk.  We sincerely hope that you will try to make one or more of these retreats.


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