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Mountains and Waters Sesshin with Myoshin Kate McCandless and Shinmon Michael Newton

  • Sea to Sky Retreat Centre (map)

Mountains and waters right now are the actualization of the ancient Buddha way.

Dogen Zenji

During this four-day silent retreat we will follow a traditional Zen sesshin (intensive retreat) schedule, incorporating periods of outdoor walking and sitting meditation in the beautiful setting of Sea to Sky Retreat Centre located on Daisy Lake between Squamish and Whistler. This is an opportunity to experience the daily rhythms of residential Zen practice and settle deeply into the stillness of the surrounding forest. The retreat will include dharma talks, and dokusan (individual meetings) with the teachers.  We will eat Zen-style meals (oryoki). Instructions provided.

Myoshin Kate McCandless and Shinmon Michael Newton are the resident teachers of Mountain Rain Zen Community. They have been practicing Zen for over thirty years and teaching for over ten years. 


Single rooms are available in the Main Lodge and in two small cottages, which do not have washrooms. (They share the main lodge washrooms nearby.) Please indicate on your registration under comments if you have mobility issues, that limit ease of walking or using stairs. Single rooms will be limited, and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis , also considering health and mobility issues. We will do our best to accommodate requests.

Single tents are also available. Indoor washrooms are nearby all tents. Tents are spacious and equipped with mattress and bedding. 

Double rooms are available in the Retreat House. We encourage you to choose a roommate if you know someone who is attending. Please decide together and let the registrar know.

Snoring: If you know you snore, please select a single room or single tent, out of consideration for others. 

Registration Details


  • Double room, or single tent: $402 CDN (tent and bedding provided)

  • Single room: $583 CDN

  • Oryoki fee: Oryoki sets (bowls, utensils and cloths) will be provided for those who do not have their own. We request that you contribute $15 towards maintaining and renewing our supply of oryoki sets.

  • Fees include accommodation, meals and bedding.

Dana (Donations)

Retreat fees cover expenses only. There will be an opportunity to give a donation/dana to the teachers at the retreat. 

Reduced Fees

  • Reduced fees are available for those on a limited income. For residential retreats we ask that you pay at least half of the cost, or more if you are able. Please pay the $50 deposit using the registration button below, and also complete the Residential Sesshin Reduced Fee request. You can pay the remainder of your fee at the retreat.

  • Reduced fees are available for a double room or single tent, but not for a single room, except in cases of special need.


Upon receipt of your registration the registrar will send you a confirmation letter with further information about the retreat. If you still have questions or concerns, please contact the registrar at

Registration Deadline: July 7 Please register early to ensure your place. This retreat will be full.


Please note: This sesshin is now full. Please contact the registrar to be added to the wait-list, and indicate your preference for accommodation.

Oryoki bowls:
Earlier Event: July 14
Sunday Half-day Retreat