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Weekend Retreat with Zoketsu Norman Fischer

  • UBC Asian Centre 1871 W Mall Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2 Canada (map)

Friday May 2, 7PM-9PM, Saturday May 3, 9AM-9PM, Sunday May 4, 9AM-4PM

Retreat fee: $90 CDN   ($45 half-time)  Reduced fee available for those with limited income. (See registration info below.)

This non-residential silent retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced students.  It will include periods of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), chanting, and talks by the teacher. There will also be opportunities for individual (dokusan) or group meetings with the teacher, and with MRZC resident teachers Shinmon Michael Newton and Myoshin Kate McCandless.

Norman Fischer is a Zen priest, a husband, a father, and a poet: a teacher with wide-ranging interests and passions. During almost 30 years at San Francisco Zen Center, he served in many positions. Norman retired as the abbot of Zen Center in 2000 to take his teaching out into the world.  He continues his involvement with the Zen Center as a senior Dharma teacher.  Norman believes in the possibility of "engaged renunciation": living a fully committed religious life that does not exclude family, work, and a passionate interest in the world.  He is founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation ( and author of Taking Our Places, Sailing Home, and Training in Compassion.

Registration Details


  • Full-time attendance: $90
  • Half-time attendance: $45
  • For those on a limited income, reduced fees are available. Please do not use the online registration button below.  Instead, please complete the Weekend Retreat Reduced Fee Request form (click the link to access the form). The registrar will contact you to confirm your registration, and you will pay your fee at the retreat. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Registration form

If you prefer not to register online and would like to download a  form to print and mail in with a cheque, please click: registration  To register online, please continue. 

Dana (Donations)

Retreat fees cover expenses. There will be an opportunity to give dana (a donation) to the teacher(s) at the retreat. 


If you still have questions or concerns, please contact the registrar at

Weekend Retreat with Norman Fischer: Register

May 4-6, 2018
UBC Asian Centre, Vancouver, BC

Please indicate below whether you will attend full-time or half-time. Half-time can include Friday evening if you are able to attend then, but we particularly need to know if half-time attendance will be for Saturday or Sunday. Attending two half-days is also possible, but notify the registrar of your plans. Thank you.. 

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Important Retreat Information: 

When you register please click below to open a  PDF file with important details about the retreat. 

Retreat Information

Important: On Sunday May 3, the BMO Vancouver Marathon will cause road closures which may affect the route you take to UBC. Please click below for a printable map of UBC, and link to the road closure page on the Marathon website:

Road closures


Reduced Fee Fund

The Mountain Rain Reduced Fee Fund makes it possible for those on a limited income to participate in our retreats. Please consider making a donation. This requires a separate transaction. Tax receipts will be issued at year-end. Thank you!


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