To register for our August retreat, please click here or the poster below.


upcoming Retreat Dates in 2018

1-Day Retreat August 18 with Zen Master Jok Um

2-Day Retreat September 15-16 with Paul Majchrzyk, JDPSN

2-Day Retreat October 20-21 with Zen Master Bon Shim

College Retreat November 10 with Zen Master Bon Yeon

1-Day Retreat November 11 with Zen Master Bon Shim

1-Day Retreat December 9 with Zen Master Bon Yeon



Meditation retreats provide a rare opportunity to investigate your life for an extended period of time. Through this investigation, you can more easily access your inherent wisdom and compassion.

We offer a variety of one-day and multi-day retreats. One-day retreats are especially suitable for those who have never participated in a retreat.

We also host retreats for Boston-area college students two times each year; these provide students an opportunity to engage in Zen training in the company of peers.

Multi-day retreats, known as “Yong Maeng Jong Jin” retreats, last two or more days. "Yong Maeng Jong Jin" is a traditional phrase that means “to leap like a tiger while sitting.” Anyone can make this leap and transform their life.

Retreats are held in silence and consist of sitting and walking meditations, bowing, chanting, formal meals, work practice and one-on-one kong-an interviews with a teacher.

For more detailed information and guidelines about our retreats, please read the list of FAQs, especially if you have never sat a retreat in our school.


            Retreat Registration 

You can conveniently register online. Please note that online registration closes at 12 PM on the Thursday prior to the retreat; and for the college retreat at 12 PM on the Friday before the retreat. We cannot accommodate late registration.

If you have any questions, please email Bo-Mi Choi at You may also call the Zen Center office at (617) 576-3229 during office hours Mondays-Thursdays 2-4 PM.


Retreat Fees

  • $65 per day for the general public
  • $45 per day for members in good standing in the Kwan Um School of Zen and seniors
  • $35 for college students (ID required) and members in good standing in the Kwan Um School of Zen and who have 10 precepts


Overnight Retreat Lodging

Those who live close to Cambridge Zen Center may wish to sleep at home during retreats. If you prefer to stay at the Zen center, overnight lodging is included in your retreat fee. You must arrange accommodations in advance through the online registration form