Melissa offers retreats in the Zen tradition, at Boundless Way Temple (Mugendo-ji) in Worcester, MA, USA, where she is a resident teacher and priest. She also teaches at other Boundless Way centers and temples, and at other Zen centers. Her teaching schedule is here.
All-day retreats (9 AM to 5 PM) are usually offered at Boundless Way Temple or other Boundless Way centers. The day includes sitting and walking meditation, chanting practice, individual meetings with a teacher or senior student (dokusan) and dharma talks and group discussions. At the Temple all-day retreats, there is also a Temple care-taking (samu) period. You may come for all or part of the day, and there is no need for advance registration. Please bring your own lunch. For the Temple all-day schedule, go to www.worcesterzen.org.
Multi-day intensive residential retreats (sesshin) are offered at Boundless Way Temple, and vary from 3 to 7 days in length. You may register to attend all or part of a sesshin, but priority of acceptance is given to people who can attend the entire retreat period. The word sesshin means, “to touch the heart-mind.” Each day includes 16 hours (5 AM to 9 PM) of zen practice, including sitting and walking meditation, liturgy services (chanting practice), individual meetings with a teacher (dokusan), dharma talks and group discussion, care-taking practice (samu), rest periods, and oryoki (meditative dining. You must register in advance through Boundless Way Zen. (www.boundlesswayzen.org.)
Ango (“peaceful dwelling place”) is offered for three weeks each year. You can attend all or part of the ango, and if you choose to be in residence, you must register in advance for the number of days you wish to attend. (www.boundlesswayzen.org.) You may also come to all or part of any day or days of the ango period without being in residence, and without registering in advance. The ango schedule is similar to a sesshin, but less intensive, and includes all of the practices offered at sesshin. The ango day is 15 hours long (6 AM to 9 PM), and has longer rest periods and non-oryoki, buffet-style silent meals.